National scandal as blacklisters handed victims addresses

UCATT LogoConstruction union UCATT have described revelations that leading blacklisters have been handed “lock, stock and barrel” the names of blacklisted victims as a “national scandal”.

In a statement published today (April 11) the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme, said “When the Construction Workers Compensation Scheme (TCWCS) launches we will be writing to everyone whose name is on TCA records and for whom there are contact details; we will also be publicising the scheme to reach as many people as possible.”

It then further emerged in a statement from the Information Commissioners Office who seized the Consulting Association’s blacklist in 2009 that: “We (the ICO) received a court order that required our office to provide copies of the information seized from the Consulting Association. The order was complied with.”

Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “This is a national scandal and a disgrace. The main blacklisters have been handed local, stock and barrel the files the ICO seized in 2009. The blacklisters will now have their victims’ updated addresses and have been given the means to blacklist their victims again.”

UCATT are now in the process of writing to the ICO to find out on what grounds the list was given to the blacklisting companies.

Mr Murphy added: “The ICO exists to protect an individual’s personal data. This is the equivalent of giving a burglar your new address so that they can come round and rob you again.”