Milton Keynes council and Unite team up to protect local construction workers
- Tuesday 12 March 2019
WHAT: Local leaders sign giant charter at St George’s construction project
WHERE: 18a St Georges Road, Bletchley, MK3 5ES
WHEN: Tuesday 12 March 2019, 16:00
The leader of Milton Keynes council and Unite’s regional secretary for the South East will sign a pioneering agreement which will ensure that working conditions and building standards on construction projects under the control of the council meet the highest standards.
Cllr Peter Marland, leader of Milton Keynes council and Sarah Carpenter, Unite regional secretary for the South East will sign the charter at a ceremony at the St Georges construction project in Milton Keynes at 16:00 on Tuesday 12 March.
Construction firms planning to work on Milton Keynes 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 & safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.
Sarah Carpenter, Unite regional secretary for the South East said: “I’m pleased to join councillor Peter Marland at St Georges to sign this groundbreaking agreement which will be a big boost for construction workers employed on building projects across Milton Keynes.
“The Unite construction charter makes a difference by helping local workers to operate in a safe environment, giving them the rights to raise health and safety issues without fear. The charter also protects workers from bogus self-employment by ensuring construction workers are directly employed.”
Councillor Peter Marland, leader of Milton Keynes council, said: “Ensuring that people are able to work safely is highly important, but in the building industry it is a matter of life and death. The ability of employees to join a trade union, speak out on issues and be paid a fair rate for their labour is vital, and I’m proud that Labour-led Milton Keynes council is one of the first to incorporate the Unite construction charter into our procurement standards.”
Unite is a union that campaigns for and delivers better pay and conditions for its members. Unite is winning at work based on three core values. Secure Work: fighting for jobs and job security, Strong Voice: a union which is a respected voice at work and Decent Pay: a union focused on pay and conditions.
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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.