Support group defends the blacklisted

Business news from the Lancashire Evening Post
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A group set up to support construction workers ‘blacklisted’ by some of Britain’s biggest building firms is planning legal action.

The Blacklist Support Group, set up to support 3,200 workers found on a list of people barred from working for firms due to ties with trade unions.

Last week, the Evening Post revealed 22 people in Lancashire are on kept by an industry-funded firm, the Consulting Association, and was seized in 2009 by the Information Commissioner’s office.

Roy Bentham, the Lancashire secretary for the support group, said 116 workers were already involved in the action. He said: “There are a lot of people out there who do not even know they were on this blacklist and will be enlisted to substantial compensation.

“We‘re putting pressure on the Information Commissioner to notify anyone on the blacklist that they are entitled to something, as presently data protection laws mean they are not allowed to.

“There is already a first-class barrister appointed and the group has the support of human rights’ group, Liberty.”

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