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Contractor fined for blacklisting worker

Contractor CB&I has been found guilty of blacklisting a worker and ordered to pay more than £18,000 in damages.

Ashford Employment Tribunal ruled that Unite member Phil Willis had been unlawfully refused employment by CB&I because he was a member of a trade union and a prominent activist. He was awarded £18,375 in damages.

Mr Willis submitted an application to CB&I for work as a steel erector on a project on the Isle of Grain in Kent. His application was acknowledged, but he was not contacted again.

CB&I was a subscriber to The Consulting Association, which was raided in 2009 by the Information Commissioner’s Office, uncovering a blacklist of 3,000 workers.

Mr Willis obtained a copy of his intelligence file held by TCA, which contained information about his trade union activity.

Unite national officer for construction Tom Hardacre said: “It is the first successful case against a major construction company, but it will not be the last.

“The union is currently providing legal support to a number of workers who believe they have been blacklisted. Too many construction workers have suffered victimisation at the hands of unscrupulous employers.”

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