Blacklisting companies accept guilt

There has been a massive breakthrough in the High Court blacklisting case with the majority of the companies responsible for blacklisting workers, admitting their liability.

The companies who are represented by McFarlanes have admitted that through the Economic League and the Consulting Association they infringed workers’ rights to confidentiality, privacy, reputation and latterly data protection.

They have also accepted, with a matter of regret:

  • That their actions had consequences for certain workers in terms of lost work opportunities or refusals to work and it had an impact on their personal lives.
  • The vetting information was collated and used in secret without the workers concerned having any opportunity to correct or challenge its content.

The McFarlanes Defendants have also offered their unreserved apologies for their involvement for any adverse employment consequences.

While the admission of guilt and the apology to those who were blacklisted, is a massive step forward, the High Court case will continue as the companies still will not accept the significant loss of earnings that the victims of blacklisting suffered.

Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This is a highly significant step forward in the battle for blacklisting justice. Finally the companies have admitted their guilt and have begun to apologise. However we will continue fighting until justice is achieved for all our affected members.”

Spencer Wood the Senior Partner at Solicitors OH Parsons who is representing UCATT members, who were blacklisted, said: “We are proud to support UCATT and their members in their continuing struggle for Justice concerning the appalling Blacklisting scandal. This admission and apology from the main Blacklisting companies is a big step in that fight. The litigation will continue until all our clients have obtained the Justice they deserve”

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