Doncaster latest council to sign construction charter

Doncaster Council has become the latest Yorkshire Council to sign a construction charter, ensuring good practice on future construction projects.

Doncaster construction charter signing

Rob Morris UCATT Yorkshire Regional Secretary (far left) and John McIntyre UCATT Yorkshire Regional Organiser (far right) at the signing of the Doncaster Council construction charter

Doncaster has followed the lead of Wakefield, Sheffield and Barnsley councils in signing the charter which ensures that minimum standards are met on future construction projects. The charter was jointly signed by UCATT, Unite and GMB.

The charters are designed to stamp out poor and exploitative industrial practices such as false self-employment, umbrella companies and to ensure that construction contractors aren’t involved in blacklisting. It sets minimum standards for welfare facilities, the promotion of NVQ Level 3 for apprenticeships and guarantees that all workers are employed under the relevant industrial agreement.

Compliance with the charters will be a key factor in contract procurement for contractors. Construction firms will need to agree to the charter, ensuring workers receive minimum employment conditions. UCATT are also closely monitoring projects being undertaken by the councils who have signed the charters in order to ensure compliance.

Rob Morris, Regional Secretary for UCATT Yorkshire, said: “We are pleased by the decision of Doncaster Council to sign the charter. Slowly but surely more councils in Yorkshire are signing up to construction charters, which means we will be able to ensure rogue employers are prevented from receiving council work.
“The clear winners are construction workers who will now they will be treated decently and fairly when undertaking these projects.”

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