Cynical blacklisters launch counterfeit compensation scheme

Construction union UCATT have labelled today’s launch of a counterfeit compensation scheme for blacklisted workers as highly cynical.

The so called Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) was launched today (July 4th) less than a week before a High Court case into blacklisting is due to begin.

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This is a deeply cynical attempt by the blacklisting companies to try to prevent workers, who have had their lives ruined, getting justice.”

Problems with the counterfeit compensation scheme include:

• Workers could receive just £4,000 in compensation.
• Any blacklisting activity which occurred by the Economic League prior to the Consulting Association (TCA) being formed would be excluded from any substantive claim, despite the TCA effectively being a continuation of the Economic League’s Services Group.
• Not all the companies who were involved in blacklisting construction workers are members of the TCWCS.
• The compensation scheme would be a behind closed doors paper based process which denies workers the opportunity to explain how blacklisting wrecked their lives.
• Under the schemes rules only a few workers would qualify for a so-called full review.
• If a worker agreed to enter the compensation scheme they would be effectively gagged and barred from taking further legal action against the blacklisters.

The blacklisting construction companies behind the TCWCS are; Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci Plc.

The blacklisting companies have ignored the recommendations of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee which in March stated that it was unacceptable for the companies involved in blacklisting to launch a unilateral scheme.

The chair of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee Ian Davidson MP said: “Restitution must be made. It must not be left just to the companies themselves to determine what this should be, but it must be agreed after negotiations with the relevant trade unions and representatives of blacklisted workers.” 

No agreement was reached with the trade unions or representatives of blacklisted workers prior to the scheme being launched.

The High Court case which involves hundreds of blacklisted workers is due to begin on Thursday 10th July.

Mr Murphy added: “Blacklisting companies have ignored MPs and ignored blacklisted workers in launching this scheme. This is simply a cynical gimmick before the High Court case begins next week.

UCATT is urging all members and their families who have been blacklisted to contact the union before contacting the TCWCS scheme. For further information go to

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