Green light for justice for blacklisted workers

Construction union UCATT hailed today’s (July 10) High Court hearing into blacklisting as the first step on the path to justice for blacklisted workers.

The judge hearing the case agreed that the companies involved in blacklisting have a case to answer and that hundreds of separate cases made by victims of blacklisting will be heard together, under a Group Litigation Order (GLO). The next court date has been provisionally set for October and there will be a further hearing in December.

The cases will be managed by a Steering Committee, comprising of the solicitors acting for UCATT, Unite and the GMB and the Blacklist Support Group who have all brought forward cases. Solicitors OH Parsons are acting for UCATT.

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “Today was a green light in the battle for blacklisting justice. Over five years after the scandal was first revealed blacklisted victims are beginning to see justice in action. The companies involved in ruining workers lives are going to be forced to answer for their actions.”

In a further victory for UCATT it was agreed that the names and addresses of blacklisted workers will not be made publicly available and will be kept in a sealed enveloped which the Judge has control over. Therefore the blacklisting companies will not have be given access to the names and addresses of their victims.

Mr Murphy added: “It was absolutely essential that companies involved in blacklisting aren’t given the details of their victims and we welcome the decision that this information will not be made publicly available.”

 

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