Eight construction companies are to compensate workers whose names were on a secret industry blacklist drawn up by the Consulting Association.
Around 3,200 workers’ names were found to be on the list, with many claiming they were denied work, often for raising legitimate concerns about health and safety on building sites.
The firms have now announced they are working together to develop a scheme to compensate such individuals.
In a statement, they said: “The companies - Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and VINCI PLC - all apologise for their involvement with TCA and the impact that its database may have had on any individual construction worker.
“The companies have joined together to establish the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme. The scheme is intended to make it as simple as possible for any worker with a legitimate claim to access compensation.
“The companies have invited workers’ representatives to enter into a period of engagement to ensure that the proposed terms of the scheme are fair and effective. The group is also engaging with other interested parties.”
Unions have welcomed the news. However, some campaigners say more should be done.
The Consulting Association was closed down following a raid on its West Midlands offices by the Information Commissioner’s Office.
A total of 44 firms were found to be using the blacklist.