GMB Magazine GMB25 Contact Summer 2016 - Page 13

UPDATE YOUR DETAILS AT www.gmb.org.uk Who has been compensated? Blacklisting was a national scandal and GMB has won compensation for GMB members across the GMB regions of the UK and Ireland. This map shows you where they are located, with the size of the dots representing the size of each pay-out r NORTHERN IRELAND 2 GMB members £65,000 SCOTLAND 31 GMB members £1,665,000 NORTH EAST 5 GMB members £150,000 NORTH WEST 13 GMB members £650,000 WEST MIDLANDS 2 GMB members £225,000 REPUBLIC OF IRELAND 5 GMB members £200,000 TOTAL 116 GMB members £5,340,000 ©iStock.com WHO DID THE BLACKLISTING? Blacklisting involved names being given to the Consulting Association by industry managers, which included information about union membership of the worker, political affiliation and where they stood on issues of health and safety in the workplace. Firms such as Sir Robert McAlpine were instrumental in getting the blacklist set up and other construction giants used the information to decide who they would, or wouldn't, hire. This led to many qualified workers being denied work. As well as winning compensation for members, GMB has won an apology from the companies involved. A legal representative for the construction firms said: YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER 17 GMB members £630,000 EAST MIDLANDS 4 GMB members £115,000 WALES 2 GMB members EASTERN 7 GMB members £120,000 SOUTH WEST 4 GMB members £215,000 £360,000 LONDON 9 GMB members SOUTH EAST 13 GMB members £240,000 £590,000 companies who thought they “The Defendants “I still feel traumatised by were above the law. GMB is are here today to the deaths of my friends proud to have been the first offer, through me, and colleagues on the sit e, union into the High Court and their sincere and and it appears now that we are absolutely delighted unreserved have been punished for I that all of the claimants have apologies to the standing up to show ho w th eir achieved generous settlements Claimants for any deaths were preventab le. ” and a full apology from the damage caused. GMB Witness E blacklisting companies.” The Defendants apologise as providers of any information and for the loss of employment suffered as a result of communication of information during the d their Blacklisted members ha ress operation of the Consulting Association. They ng Co B GM at ard he s voice also apologise for the anxiety and hurt to what 2016 and you can hear feelings caused as a result.” re: he say to d they ha Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said: 6o http://tinyurl.com/j4qtn “We have secured £5.3 million of justice for GMB members blacklisted by powerful construction HEAR THEM SPEAK www.gmb.org.uk 13 GMB25.national_12_13.indd 13 20/06/2016 15:10