Scottish Affairs Report into Blacklisting Places more Pressure on Guilty Companies

 

Construction union UCATT have welcomed the latest report into blacklisting by the Scottish Affairs Committee.

In a damming report published on Friday 27th March the Scottish Affairs Select Committee is incredibly critical of the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS). The committee describes the scheme as “misleading, callous and manipulative”. They criticise the scheme for being launched without the agreement of trade unions and the attempt to mask this fact with information supplied by TCWCS to MPs. The committee also criticises the TCWCS for the low levels of compensation offered and that those participating in High Court action are barred from TCWCS.

 

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “The Scottish Affairs Select Committee has condemned the counterfeit compensation scheme in the strongest possible terms. The scheme has no credibility and workers who have had their lives ruined have seen that TCWCS is simply a cheap way to gag them and deny them justice.”

 

Given recent revelations about how the police and security forces were involved in infiltrating trade unions and supplying information to the Consulting Association to blacklist workers, the Committee has called on the Government to hold a full public inquiry into blacklisting.

 

Mr Murphy added: “Every week there are more grubby revelations about the involvement of the state in blacklisting. The only way we are going to get the truth is through a full public inquiry. This puts fresh pressure on the Government to launch a public inquiry so workers and their families whose lives were ruined can learn the full truth once and for all.”

 

The committee also states that it has no confidence in the sector to “self-cleanse” or to take robust steps to eradicate the practice of blacklisting. It believes that a voluntary code will not prevent blacklisting and that statutory regulations must be introduced. It also says that companies that refuse to self-cleanse should be barred from “all contracts funded, in whole or part, by public money.”

 

Mr Murphy further added: “Blacklisting will only be eradicated  through strict laws, with blacklisters facing criminal charges, a voluntary code would be worse than useless.  Until blacklisters own up, pay up and clean up they should be barred from bidding for public sector contracts.”

 

Finally Mr Murphy also said: “The work of the Scottish Affairs Committee and its Chair Ian Davidson MP in exposing blacklisting has been absolutely invaluable. Without the committee’s hard work, diligence and perseverance, the recent strides in unmasking the blacklisters and the slow battle to make them pay for their actions would have been impossible.

 

 

 

 

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