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'Blacklisted' Construction Workers Win $14 Million

British union workers denied jobs were blacklisted based on politics and union activities

May 09, 2016

The union Unite has reached a settlement with construction firms that means workers will receive back compensation.

According to the BBC, 256 workers will share $14 million as part of a settlement involving a secret vetting system which infringed workers' rights to confidentiality, privacy, reputation and data protection. In some cases, the blacklist included details of worker's political views, competence, and trade union activities.

The blacklisting scandal was uncovered in 2009 and claims were brought against 8 companies - Carillion, Balfour Beatty, Costain, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci.

Read about this settlement and others already paid at BBC Business News here:

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