Bristol city council has given its backing to a Unite construction charter that seeks to ensure that conditions for workers on construction projects under local authority control in Bristol meet the highest standards.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol and Karen Cole from Unite will publicly sign the charter ahead of the cabinet meeting at 16:00 on Tuesday 3 July 2018 in City Hall, Bristol.

The charter commits to working with Unite in order to achieve the highest standards in respect of; direct employment status, health & safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.

The charter will cover important local authority construction projects.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol said: “As we are in the process of delivering on major housing and infrastructure projects it’s great that we are moving forward with ethical construction practices and I am delighted to work with Unite to make construction sites in the city fairer and safer.”

Unite regional political officer Karen Cole said: “We welcome Bristol city council’s commitment to the city’s construction workers. The charter will help local workers to operate in a safe environment on construction sites and to ensure they can raise health and safety issues without fear.

“Unite has had a positive response from the leader of South Gloucestershire council to the charter and we hope the council will be following Bristol city council’s lead shortly and sign up to Unite's construction charter.”

On Wednesday 16 May representatives from Unite gave a presentation to South Gloucestershire cabinet meeting to urge the council to protect construction workers in South Gloucestershire by signing up to the construction charter. The union understands the leader of the council has indicated that the charter is something he is prepared to consider and the union looks forward to engaging with the council on behalf of construction workers.

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For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo 07768 931 315

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.