Unite the union praised ‘people power’ today (Tuesday 25 September) after the government announced it would step in to get the Royal Liverpool hospital built.

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The belated decision by the government to step in to complete the build of the Royal Liverpool hospital would not have happened without the pressure of unions, Labour politicians and the people of Liverpool.

“The fact that it has taken so long for the government to step in, is in itself a scandal. Not only were they asleep at the wheel when Carillion collapsed, their slumbering inaction meant months of delays and uncertainty while building work on the Royal Liverpool hospital stood still.

“The priority now is to get the new Liverpool Royal built and to ensure that it is owned by the public the hospital will serve.

“Given the problems associated with the hospital project, the people of Liverpool need to be reassured that the hospital will be safe and structurally sound, to begin doing that we need the Trust to publish the structural survey detailing the defects on the hospital.

“The Trust also needs to ensure that when a new contractor is appointed they ensure that workers are directly employed, that unions are recognised and given access and that any form of blacklisting is absolutely outlawed.”

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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 07802 329235 or Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns 07967 665869 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite represents workers in Britain and Ireland with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.