Blacklisted lawsuit could cost firms millions

Construction companies could be facing a bill of millions of pounds after a law firm revealed it was preparing a class action suit on behalf of blacklisted workers.

A report in the trade journal Building says action will be brought against over 40 firms, including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke, Kier and Costain, who were found to be using the illegal blacklist that was uncovered by the Information Commissioner’s Office in March.

The formation of the Blacklist Support Group in July prompted workers to contact the law firm Guney Clark & Ryan. They say they have now received files from around 40 workers and expected to be representing 100 by Christmas.

The case is being brought under the Data Protection Act. Sean Curran, a partner at Guney Clark & Ryan, said it was difficult to quantify how much each worker could hope to win, but it is understood that, should the lawsuit succeed, individuals can expect a sum between £10,000 and £100,000. Some workers could receive up to £400,000.

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2 Comments

  1. Michael Houlihan
    Posted 9 December, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    That is only those whose names were discovered by the Commissioners Office. Hundreds of others were on the lists compiled by ‘Aims of Industry’ & ‘The Economic League’ I was one of those. I was told by the manager of Poplar Labour Exchange in the 70’s that I was “unemployable”. Taylor Woodrow told him that “Not only would they not employ me in London, they would not employ me in any part of the UK. This was due to my involvement in the protracted Barbican dispute. What, if anything, will be done for people like myself?

  2. Posted 15 January, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    as a blacklisted member i would like to be kept informed of any news from other people going through the process of compensation.I am currently going through this with o.h. parsons of london but proving to be a slow drawn out process I would like to hear from any other people with any other other views.

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