GMB Union Settle Outstanding Claims Against Construction Industry


GMB, UCATT and GCR unions have announced that they have settled their outstanding claims in the Construction Industry Vetting Information Group Litigation.


Several hundred claims were brought against Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Costain, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska UK and Vinci concerning the activities of the Services Group of the Economic League and the Consulting Association, which maintained a covert database of construction workers.  

The litigation arose after the activities of the Consulting Association were revealed following a raid by the Information Commissioner in February 2009.

In October 2015, these construction companies acknowledged that the system was unlawful and made a full apology. 

The construction companies have now offered financial settlements which all claimants represented by UCATT, GMB and GCR have accepted as fair and reasonable. The parties have also agreed a joint statement to be read in open court as part of this settlement. The construction companies have also agreed to pay the claimants’ legal costs.


Katie O'Byrne acted for GMB Union on behalf of a cohort of claimants, led by Dinah Rose QC, Blackstone Chambers, Guy Vassall-Adams QC and Ben Silverstone, Matrix Chambers, instructed by Michael Newman of Leigh Day.

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