London and South East Region Update April 2014

Workers Memorial Day event takes place this month

Building workers will join key speaker UCATT General Secretary Steve Murphy at the Region’s International Workers Memorial Day event taking place at 10.30am on Monday 28 April 2014 at The Building Worker Statue next to the Tower of London.
International Workers Memorial day is a time when we remember all those from around the world who have been killed at work. It is also a time when we, in construction, pay tribute to our colleagues who have been killed whilst working on building sites in the UK. More than 40 building workers have been killed on UK construction sites over the past year.

Click for a copy of the Workers Memorial Day Poster  wmd poster.pdf

Storm in a teacup

Building workers working on the Costain/Skanska Crossrail project at Paddington Station were treated to a free breakfast after they were temporarily left without welfare accommodation due to a wiring problem. UCATT Regional Organser Paul Lomax negotiated the goodwill gesture after raising the issue with the main contractor.

Paul Lomax won paddington Crossrail workers a free breakfast

UCATT campaigns for the London Living Wage during Fair Pay Fortnight

Regional Secretary Jerry Swain used fair pay fortnight (24 March to 4 April) to meet with contractors failing to pay the London Living Wage.

“We have major construction sites in London where general operatives are being paid less than £7 an hour. This is way below the London Living Wage rate of £8.80 an hour and totally unacceptable,” said Jerry. “We will continue to challenge these low rates of pay with those responsible, including both contractors and clients.”

UCATT reps and officials

UCATT is giving reps and organisers the opportunity to improve their confidence and public speaking skills at a second training day. The event, on the 25 April is aimed at reps who attended an earlier course, as well as delegates to UCATT’s National Delegate Conference taking place in May. Being held in a sports hall rather than a classroom, it will ensure that UCATT reps are well equipped to speak effectively to groups of members in large open spaces – whether conference halls, construction sites or the workplace canteen.

Apprentices find out about the benefits of UCATT

Regional organiser Mark Soave is visiting Costain’s apprentice academy to make sure that young people entering construction trade know about the role of trade unions in the industry and how UCATT can support them at work.

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