Unite, the UK’s construction union, is demanding urgent answers and assurances following a surge of redundancies at the MGT biomass plant in Teesside.

The £650 million development, the world’s largest project of this type, is being undertaken by the client Technicas Reundias and main contractor Atlantic Projects Company (APC).

Workers redundant

In the last month over 800 workers have been made redundant from the site and further job losses are expected, leaving a skeleton workforce of around 350 workers on the site. The job losses came as a major surprise as there is 18 months’ worth of work left to complete on the project.

The redundancies have led to fears that the entire site could be mothballed.

Answers needed

Unite national officer Ian Woodland has written to Technicas Reundias and APC demanding answers to the following questions:

  • What was behind the cull of jobs at MGT?
  • What are the short and long term commitments for work on the site?
  • What commitments can be provided that the workforce will be returned to a level needed to complete the project?
  • What commitments can be given that local labour will be utilised?
  • There is a suggestion that there are contractual issues between the contractor and client which is hampering progress, what is Technicas Reundias doing to resolve them?

More job cuts feared

Ian Woodland said: “In the last few weeks 800 jobs have been lost from the site and the remaining workers fear there are more cuts to come.

“These job losses have resulted in 800 families losing a breadwinner and Teesside becoming decidedly poorer.

“The site remains half completed. Workers and the community across Teesside want to know what is happening.

“These layoffs must not result in attacks on workers conditions or any move away from hiring local labour.

“Technicas Reudnias and APC need to provide urgent answers to Unite’s concerns.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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