UK Construction Blacklisting Scandal – It’s a Disgrace!
According to reports in today’s construction media Contractors involved in the construction blacklisting scandal have settled claims with another 180 workers.
Campaigners claimed the latest payouts totaled “in the region of £15-20 million plus legal costs” and come ahead of the full blacklist trial set to start at the High Court on May 9 and scheduled to run until July 31.
Eight contractors – Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci PLC – have set up The Construction Workers Compensation Scheme to try and settle with victims out of court.
A spokeswoman for the Contractors confirmed that 180 new settlements had been reached, and the Blacklist Support Group said there are currently 154 live claims remaining plus 82 recently issued new claims.
What’s that got to do with you?
You may be thinking what has that got to do with me?
Well, first of all the blacklisting happened in the industry from which we all earn our living, and frankly we should all be outraged that these Contractors behaved in this way and ruined the lives of so many people, and tarnished the reputation of the industry.
Secondly, we should be disgusted by the fact that having been found out, and in some cases admitted their part in the sordid affair, the Contractors involved have pushed their victims all the way to the steps of the court before paying out.
Lastly, Specialist Contractors need to be wary of the culture that pervades at the highest levels of some construction companies. Because frankly you need to be extremely careful that you don’t fall foul of it.
As we have seen some companies will do and say anything, so, if you do not look after your own interests, this is an industry where some people won’t think twice about making you suffer. Don’t fall for the Contractor’s BS, because it is highly likely (there are some exceptions), that what they are telling you is a pack of lies.
One of the key areas that you need to be extremely careful about is payment. Please don’t stand for late or underpayment.
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