London and South East Region Update March 2015

New UCATT Learning Centre opens in Margate

UCATT Regional Organiser Mark Soave attended the launch of the new Thanet Learning Centre at Constructing Your Future in Margate and signed a new learning agreement. UCATT is supporting the Centre, which trains 14-16 year olds and helps them to find employment or a construction-based apprenticeship, and is talking to the trainees about the role of unions in the furworld of work and how it can support and represent them.

“The Region fully supports initiatives like this, which encourages young students with a flair for construction to develop the skills they will need to work in the industry,” said Mark. “These youngsters are the future construction workforce, future UCATT members and we hope they will also be our future activists."

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Constructing Your Future DirectorTony Elliott (left) and UCATT London and South East Regional Organiser Mark Soave signing the new learning agreement.

New UCATT London and South Eastern Region promotional materials

The Region has a new set of promotional materials to help to increase its profile.

“These will make sure that UCATT is not only heard, but also seen, at events where there is a good turnout of UCATT members,” says London and South East Regional Secretary Jerry Swain.

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London and South East Regional Organiser Paul Lomax with the Region's new promotional materials.

Westfield extension has new UCATT convenor

Trevor Simpson is the new UCATT convenor on the £1 billion Westfield London shopping centre extension in White City. The expansion will see new shops, restaurants and cafes, office space, leisure facilities, community space and more than 1,300 new homes and is due to be completed in 2017.

Dates for your diary

Workers’ Memorial Day 28 April 2015

UCATT’s London and South East Region will be marking Workers’ Memorial Day on 28 April together with the London Hazards Centre and the Construction Safety Campaign at the Building Worker Statue in Tower Hill in the City of London.

United We Stand

United We Stand, the play telling the story of Des Warren and Ricky Tomlinson, the 1972 Building Strike and the Shrewsbury Pickets, continues its spring tour across the UK throughout March, April and May. There are a number of performances in the South East including Oxford and Brighton. See for dates, venues and tickets. 

UCATT calls for lessons to be learned following inquest into Crossrail death

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UCATT marks Fair Pay Fortnight with London Living Wage Protest at Land Securities

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UCATT accuses Bicester-based housing maintenance contractor of sweeping asbestos concerns under the carpet

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