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Unite demands talks with Renfrewshire council following Kier Construction contract award

Unite the union has today (Thursday6 June) called for an urgent meeting following the award of a contract for works by Renfrewshire Council to Kier Construction Ltd. Unite claims the award of the contract for works at Paisley town hall breaches the council’s own Construction Charter adopted in September 2016.

The charter specifies that any company awarded a contract by the council must ‘be able to certify that they have not engaged in the practice of blacklisting workers for any reason’. Kier Construction Ltd was a member of the Consulting Association, which was a body that participated in the blacklisting of construction workers for raising trade union and health and safety issues. The Consulting Association shared information it had on individuals with other companies for blacklisting purposes.

James O’ Connell, Unite regional industrial officer, said: “The awarding of the contract to Kier Construction for the works at Paisley town hall is in potential conflict with Renfrewshire council’s own Construction Charter. Unite is requesting an urgent meeting and it’s vital that all decision makers are in attendance including councillors, council officials and Kier Construction to ensure that there is complete transparency and proof of no blacklisting activity. It’s vital that workers are assured that any blacklisting activities have ceased and can never happen again.”

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For more information contact James O’Connell (07568109586).

Notes to editors:

  • Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with around 150,000 members. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.

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