Unite fights for blacklisted construction workers

In 2009, the biggest blacklisting scandal in the construction industry’s history was uncovered.

More than 3,000 construction workers’ names were found on a blacklist, which was used to deny trade union members work.

Following the discovery of the scandal, Unite the Union has waged a five-year fight against household construction names, such as Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd and Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, and some 30 other firms who were part of the conspiracy.

This has resulted in more than ​£10 million in compensation secured for 256 workers who were victims of the blacklist.

Watch some of our members talk about how they’ve been affected by the scandal, and how Unite pledges to continue to close the net on blacklisting: