West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has put her support behind the new Construction Workers Compensation Scheme, which offers financial redress up to as much as £100,000 to those workers who were blacklisted in the construction industry stopping them from working.
The result of collaboration between a number of different construction companies, including Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Carillion, the scheme is a response to The Consulting Association (TCA) that maintained a database of blacklisted workers. Many of these workers were active in Trade Unions and vocal on Health and Safety issues.
Following a lengthy eight months of discussion and preparation, the scheme has been recently finalised and is now open to applications immediately. The scheme will remain open for two years.
MP Rosie said:
“For many years construction workers were intentionally stopped from being able to earn a living and from providing for their families.
“The existence of a blacklisting database caused great hardship for families, which was an absolute scandal.
“It is right that the industry now takes action that goes someway to redressing the balance. It will never fully repair the damage caused.
“I would encourage anyone believing to be eligible to apply to the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme. It is free to applicants and offers a fast, paper-based process not requiring any court appearances.”
The scheme has not only been said to offer significantly more compensation than going through the High Court, but it is expected to be a noticeably faster process as well. Legal fees are also covered by the scheme, making it risk-free to applicants. Depending on the nature of the claim, applicants can choose to go through fast track of full review options, and potentially attain as much as £100,000 in compensation.