Contractors clearly exchange information … and 03/2018 revelations ‘Police infiltrated unions to get information for construction worker blacklist’ – further article here. A blacklist of construction workers was exposed in 2009 with the discovery that an organisation called the Consulting Association kept secret files on thousands of trade union members, often for raising concerns about safety on building sites. Workers on the illegal database were denied employment on construction projects.
09/05/2016 – Blacklisted workers win £10m pay-out from construction firms
Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci said they had settled the litigation between them and individuals represented by Unite, bringing an end to all legal claims.
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08/2017 – MP claims construction workers are still being blacklisted – full story – click here
Further information can be found here relating to the Corruption in Construction: ‘Watching Brief’ launched on construction industry.
The blacklisting scandal first started in 2009 when Consulting Association based in Worcestershire, were raided due to clear discrimination of over 3,000 workers based on skills, political views and personal relationships. Some of the biggest names in the construction industry were also investigated and settled this year.
There is now fear that the practice is much deeper rooted than initially thought and this isn’t the only form of corruption. Corruption in construction also includes bribery as well as discrimination.
The Construction Sector transparency (CoST) Initiative was founded to ensure greater “transparency and accountability” in public sector projects across the globe. The UK was chosen to take part in a pilot scheme representing “developed countries”. CoST estimate between 10-30% of all public sector construction budgets are lost annually to mismanagement, corruption, and inefficiencies across the globe.
The article adds:
Corruption in the construction industry is deep-rooted and the UK’s example at confronting the problem is admirable. However, we still have to work on making the construction industry fully clear of corruption, malpractice and bribery.