CONSTRUCTION workers who believe they may have been blacklisted in the last 50 years are up against the February 28 deadline to join the legal battle for compensation.
Legal action by unions has already won £5.6 million in compensation for victims, but other victims’ cases are being taken through the courts to expose the extent of the scandal.
Blacklisting in the construction industry was practiced for decades, denying employment to trades unionists and workers who raised health and safety concerns.
The practice was exposed officially in 2009 when the Information Commissioner’s Office raided the Consulting Association, which compiled the blacklists on behalf of 40 major construction firms.
A list of 3,213 blacklisted construction workers was discovered.
But the number of workers to come forward in the legal battle for compensation is still in the hundreds.
Construction union Ucatt appealed yesterday to workers who believe they may have been blacklisted to come forward before the deadline.
“We know there are more construction workers out there who had their lives blighted by the evil of blacklisting,” said Ucatt acting general secretary Brian Rye.
“Many of these workers will be retired. We’re trying to get the message out, so as many as possible can at least get some satisfaction for the wrong that was done to them.”