Eight of the largest construction companies have joined forces to develop The Workers Compensation Scheme to compensate workers in the construction industry who were named on The Consulting Association (TCA) database.  The intention of the scheme is to make it as easy as possible for any construction worker who has a legitimate claim to receive compensation.

The companies have invited representatives of the construction workers to help to ensure that the terms of the scheme are fair and effective.  The companies have said that they are also in discussions with other interested parties.

The companies have issued a joint statement saying that they “apologise for their involvement with TCA and the impact that its database may have had on any individual construction worker”.  Those participating in the scheme are not the only companies to have used TCA’s database, however, they do represent most of the major companies.

The names of more than 3,000 construction workers were listed on TCA’s database which was closed in 2009.

Trades Unions have welcomed the development.  However, one campaigner against blacklisting said that the offer on the table was thought to be about £1,000 for each worker, an amount that he dismissed as “laughable”, as the blacklist will have cost those on it far more than this in lost income and opportunities.