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Irish workers urged to seek blacklist compensation

26 Nov 13 Ireland’s Services Industrial Professional & Technical Union has called on Irish construction workers who may have been on the construction industry blacklist in the UK to contact the GMB for help in seeking compensation.

GMB blacklisted liaison officer Phil Read said: “Following pressure the Information Commissioner’s Office is attempting to contact people who were included on the list. However, they are utilising information from the list or National Insurance numbers to locate those affected. In many cases this information is out of date.”

He added: “The GMB has been provided with a redacted version of the list. It would seem that a large number of Irish workers were affected by the activities of the Consulting Association. For instance the majority of names included on the list for the Greater London area would seem to be Irish workers.

“If workers contact us we can confirm whether they are included on the list or not. If their names do feature we will then assist them in seeking adequate redress.”

SIPTU organiser, Martin Meere, said: “As Irish workers were a particular target of the Consulting Association it is quite likely that many people resident in Ireland are due compensation but are unaware of it. If a worker believes they may have been targeted in this manner we would strongly advise them to contact our colleagues in the GMB who will assist them in seeking compensation and legal redress.”

Phil Read can be contacted on + 44 (0)7840 897997 or at blacklisted@gmb.org.uk

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