Unite intervention sees blacklist trial adjourned

Unite the UnionThe High Court case currently being heard over construction blacklisting has been adjourned after union leaders announced that they had new evidence relating to the scandal.

Victims represented by UCATT, GMB and legal firm GCR have already settled their claims with eight leading contractors at an estimated cost of £50m.

But 90 construction workers represented by Unite were due to start their hearing next week.

The case has now been adjourned until June.

Unite director of legal services, Howard Beckett said: “Unite applied for an adjournment at the High Court today (Wednesday 4 May) and this was granted by Lord Justice Supperstone until Tuesday 7 June.

“The reason for the application was that the four claimant teams have now become one which meant that it was impractical for the trial, estimated to take 11 weeks, to start on Monday 9 May.

“In addition, some late disclosure has come in from the Information Commissioner’s Office and this evidence needs to be considered and evaluated by our legal team.

“Unite understands that the date for Callum McAlpine, the alleged architect of the ‘blacklisting’ scandal, to give evidence is Tuesday 21 June.

“Unite still represents about 90 members whose jobs were ruined and lives turned upside down by the ‘blacklisting’ scandal.

“Unite has not reached any settlement although we continue to negotiate to achieve justice.

“The key question that has to be asked of the construction firms, which made an unprecedented admission of guilt last October, is why have they not yet settled?

“Unite continues to seek maximum compensation and justice on behalf of our members following those admissions.”

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