Nottingham City Council signs charter to protect construction workers
- Monday 14 January 2019
Nottingham City Council will sign up to Unite’s Construction Charter, which will ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of the council meet the highest standards.
Cllr Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council and Paresh Patel, Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, will sign the charter at a ceremony at Loxley House, Nottingham at 12.15 on Tuesday 15 January.
Construction firms planning to work on Nottingham City Council building projects will now need to adhere to the new Construction Charter. The charter commits to working with Unite in order to achieve the highest standards in respect of direct employment status, health and safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.
Paresh Patel, Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands said: “Nottingham City Council is making a significant commitment to construction workers and to residents.
“The Construction Charter means that construction projects under the control of the council should meet the highest standards for workers and residents.
“The charter helps local workers to operate in a safe environment including giving them the rights to raise health and safety issues without fear. It means there will be no blacklisting of workers. The Charter also protects workers from bogus self-employment by ensuring construction workers are directly employed.”
Councillor Jon Collins, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “I welcome this Construction Charter and am happy to sign up to it on behalf of the council. We already have commitments in place to source local suppliers and contractors wherever possible, but this will further help to ensure that construction workers are properly supported.
“This includes the highest standards of health and safety on site, plus providing appropriate training and opportunities for career progression. Everyone has the right to a safe working environment and this charter will ensure workers are treated fairly on council projects into the future.”
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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.