The construction industry makes up around 6.5% of the UK workforce and contributes billions to our economic output. The construction sector is constantly evolving and adapting to new technologies, new needs, new laws ect. This week (16 July) it has been announced that 3 construction companies have apologised over black listing workers.
Construction firms Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rouke and Vinci Construction, three of the UKs largest construction companies, comfirmed that their companies used the services of The Consulting Association. This association shut up shop in less than ideal circumstances, after a raid by the Information Commissioners Office in 2009.
The Consulting Association was created to collect information about a variety of workers, several of which were believed to have been blacklisted due to their trades union connections or health issues.
Since this information has come to light the three directors of the previously named construction firms, have apologised and admitted their use of The Consulting Association’s services was wrong. Nick pollard, the chief executive of Balfour Beatty said that pre-2009 the practises the business was involved in was “morally wrong” and “in hindsight we deeply regret and wish we had never done” . He admits workers were scrutinized but denies that the company engaged in blacklisting, solely on the basis of certain union connections.
Trade unions are currently seeking