UCATT in day of action against umbrella companies
Around 40 UCATT activists and organisers held a demonstration in protest at construction workers being forced to work via umbrella companies on the A465 road project between Brynmawr and Tredegar – costing them up to £100 a week – as part of a national day of action on Wednesday 26 November.
UCATT Wales and South West Regional Organiser Dave Gunter told the BBC "Workers are being ripped off by the umbrella company con-trick and they are now struggling to make ends meet."
And the Labour MP for Ogmore Huw Irranca-Davies added: "It's not illegal, but it's completely immoral and I'm even now hearing people from within these umbrella companies that they don't want to be doing it but they have to, because everyone else is."
Wales and South West Regional Organiser Dave Gunter tells reporter how umbrella companies are exploiting construction workers
(See more photographs of the demonstrations around the country at http://www.ucatt.org.uk/umbrella-company-day-action).
BBC coverage can be found at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-30252228.
UCATT to lead on union learning project at Hinkley nuclear power station project
A UCATT-led £350,000 joint union project at Hinkley Point, also involving the GMB, Prospect and Unite, will build on the training provisions of a ground breaking industrial agreement between UCATT and other construction unions, the client EDF, principal contractors and their supply chains. The project will aim to put innovative and effective skills training in place and to leave a skills and capacity legacy at both local and national level. The Hinkley Point C Project to build a new nuclear power station will be the largest construction project in the UK, with a predicted 8,500 workers on the site at its peak.
Left to right: UCATT Safety Rep Bob Robinson, UCATT Shop Steward Mark Hutchinson and UCATT Convenor Malcolm Davies
It pays to be in UCATT
Regional Organiser Dave Gunter recently supported a group of workers at a Cardiff-based housing association. It employed its own maintenance workforce but took over a local decorating company and started to transfer the maintenance team over to the new company on inferior terms and conditions.
“This was not done properly and workers were intimidated and frightened into accepting the changes,” Dave reported.
However, one worker was not prepared to accept the changes and contacted UCATT. Dave arranged to meet other workers who had not yet agreed to the transfer.
“After I explained their options they joined UCATT and we composed a letter for them to present to their employer warning them of the consequences of trying to force them out,” he said. “To date there has been no further mention of changes and our members are now working alongside those that did succumb to the intimidation and are now on inferior terms and conditions.”
UCATT will back Jo Stevens’ election campaign in Cardiff Central
UCATT’s Wales and South West Regional Council has selected Cardiff Central as its target seat in the forthcoming general election. The union will be supporting Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) Jo Stevens fight to overturn a 4,576 majority and take the seat from the Lib Dem MP Jenny Willott. If you can help to deliver leaflets or canvass, please contact the Wales Regional Office on Tel: 02920 498664 or Email: email@example.com.