Wales & South West

Wales & South West

UCATT Wales & South West offices

wales_south_west.jpgMain office

199 Newport Road,
Cardiff
CF24 1AJ

Tel: 02920 498664
Fax: 02920 481166

Email: kadmin@ucatt.org.uk

Plymouth

Tel: 01752 481794

Regional Secretary: Nick Blundell
Regional Organiser (South Wales/South West): Dave Gunter
Regional Organiser (South West): Tim Morris
Regional Organiser (South West): Darren Crowther
Regional Secretary's PA: Jutta Fitzpatrick

What's going on in the region?

Wales and South Wales Region activists at UCATT National Political Network Summer School

UCATT activists from the Wales and South West Region Neil Andrews and Terry Palfrey joined other members of UCATT’s National Political Network at the second and highly successful NPN summer school at Ruskin College, Oxford in August.

UCATT raises members’ asbestos concerns with HSE

UCATT South West Regional Organiser Tim Morris met with Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspectors to raise concerns that construction workers in the region are being put at increased risk of being exposed to asbestos in the region due to a failure to properly assess whether asbestos is present before work begins on sites.

“We think that the wrong certificates are being issued – “management only” level rather than “demolition and refurbishment” level which involves a more in depth survey being carried out to check for the presence of asbestos,” said Tim. “However, the HSE has experienced cuts of around 38% and just doesn’t have enough inspectors on the ground to enforce health and safety rules like these.”

UCATT Regional Organisers are working with employers to ensure that they are using the appropriate level of certification and make copies available for the workforce. Tim has also put together a Toolbox Talk to raise awareness among UCATT safety reps in the region.

(See also the latest edition of the Wales and South West Regional Bulletin Summer/Autumn 2014.)

UCATT membership growing at Hinkley Point

UCATT membership is growing thanks to a recruitment campaign at the EDF Energy nuclear new build project at Hinkley Point on the northern Somerset coast – known as Hinkley Point C. UCATT Malcolm Davies is the full time convenor for the project, Mark Hutchinson the Plantforce shop steward and Bob Robinson the Kier safety rep.
Preparatory work to build two new nuclear reactors next to the existing Hinckley Point A station (which is being decommissioned) and Hinckley Point B station, which is operational is now well underway. The decade long, £16 billion development is expected to generate around 25,000 jobs throughout the build.
(See also the latest edition of the Wales and South West Regional Bulletin Summer/Autumn 2014.)

Celebrating Learning at Swansea and RCT Homes

Swansea Council held a celebration of learning day on 11 September. The local authority signed a learning agreement with the four recognised unions including UCATT. And UCATT members were among those receiving certificates after completing Literacy with IT training through the Jubilee Court Training Centre in Swansea or NVQ Level 2 Carpentry through the On Site Assessment and Training (OSAT) route (see http://www.ucatt.org.uk/on-site-assessment-and-training-osat0.

UCATT members were also among RCT Homes staff in Rhonnda Cynon Taff receiving their Essential Skills in the Workplace (EsiW) certificates for having successfully completed their Essential Skills qualifications last month. UCATT has been working in partnership with the organisation as part of its Wales Union Learning Fund (WULF) project, Building Learning and Essential Skills in the Workplace and Community in Wales (see http://www.ucatt.org.uk/wales-and-south-west-regional-update-february-2014).

RCT also received the Employer Pledge Award which is given to employers who show a real commitment to supporting their employees and go the extra mile to identify and support staff who need help with essential skills.

Learners at RCT Homes with their certificates

UCATT members with their certificates

UCATT signs up new shop steward/health and safety rep at Cornwall Housing Ltd

Regional Organiser Darren Crowther has recently recruited a new shop steward and health and safety rep at Cornwall Housing Ltd. Electrician Christian Davis will be representing UCATT’s growing membership working from the Truro depot at Threemilestone.

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