1 The Committee's Inquiry |
1. The Committee launched its inquiry into Blacklisting
on 27 June 2012, and published its first interim report Blacklisting
in Employment on 16 April 2013.
That report focused specifically on the work of The Consulting
Association (TCA). It also considered the issue of compensation
for those workers who had been blacklisted.
Since the publication of that first report, significant
progress has been made in highlighting and addressing issues relating
to blacklisting: the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has
launched its own investigation,
many victims of blacklisting are bringing individual cases to
the High Court, and
a new compensation scheme, the Construction Workers Compensation
Scheme (TCWCS), for blacklisted workers has been launched by eight
of the companies that used the services of TCA.
2. On 14 March 2014, we published our second interim
report, Blacklisting in Employment: addressing the crimes of
the past; moving towards best practice.
The purpose of that report was to identify ways of moving
forward, both by addressing the crimes of the past and by identifying
rules and structures to prevent such widespread and systematic
exclusion of workers from employment from ever happening again.
It focused on two key areas. First, we considered the historical
practice of blacklisting and assessed how those who had participated
in this practice should make amends for what they had done, and
how victims of blacklisting should be compensated. Second, we
set out examples of best practice initiatives in both the public
and private sectors to eradicate blacklisting in the construction
industry once and for all. In conclusion, we briefly raised the
question of whether legislative reform or new legislation is required
to eradicate blacklisting.
3. We published our third report in this inquiry
Blacklisting in Employment-update, on 19 May 2014.
This report included the publication of the UK Government's response
to our second interim report, in the form of a letter from Jenny
Willott MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs,
received on 30 April 2014. Responses from the Scottish
Government and Welsh Governments were also published with that
4. In this final report on the inquiry we provide
a brief update on key developments - in particular the Construction
Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) which was launched on 4 July
2014. We took oral evidence from Trade Union representatives on
14 July, and representatives of the TCWCS on 16 July.
Here, we outline the detail of the scheme, the response to it,
and its progress to date in making payments to victims.
5. Finally, we reiterate the conclusions of our earlier
reports, and while we identify that some progress has been made-in
large part due to continued pressure and scrutiny by this Committee-we
are gravely concerned that, in some areas at least, the practice
of blacklisting appears to be ongoing-and many questions remain
unanswered. We conclude by recommending that a full Public Inquiry
is required in order to finally and fully address these unanswered
questions, and to make sure that the practice of blacklisting
in the construction industry is eradicated once and for all.
1 Ninth Report of Session 2012-2014, HC 1071 Back
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The full case is expected to take place later in 2015. Back
The scheme was formally launched on 4 July 2014. Back
Sixth Report of Session 2013-14, HC 543 Back
Thirteenth Report of Session 2013-14, HC 1291 Back
We received a letter from Nicola Sturgeon MSP, then Deputy First
Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment
and Cities, on 17 March 2014, and from Jane Hutt AM, Minister
of Finance, Welsh Government, on 7 May 2014. Back
We have also conducted a number of informal meetings with trade
union and TCWCS representatives throughout the course of this