Scottish Government to call in ACAS to Forth Crossing dispute

The Scottish Government will call in ACAS to audit the Queensferry construction site after UCATT revealed migrant labourers being paid well below recognised industry rates. SNP Economy Secretary, Keith Brown, who met with UCATT and Labour MSP Neil Findlay, said he would ask ACAS to carry out a pay audit at Queensferry and look at a range of other issues including the use of umbrella companies, health and safety, and the exploitation of migrant workers.


Mr Findlay had previously tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament highlighting the treatment of migrant workers at the Forth Replacement Crossing site. if they audit proves that workers have been underpaid UCATT will be seeking retrospective reimbursement for all workers short paid.


Mr Findlay said: “I am pleased Keith Brown has backed our call for ACAS to get involved in this matter, so we can ensure workers don’t get ripped off on this flagship government project. UCATT members have first-hand experience of working with tradesmen and contractors on site and know that the treatment of workers there is unacceptable. These are long-standing issues which have been raised with the Government time and again. Ministers must ensure they deliver on their promises this time.”


Steve Dillon, UCATT Scotland Regional Secretary, said: “UCATT supports the involvement of ACAS in taking forward a pay audit of contractors and workers on site and we look forward to working with ACAS in addressing a whole range of fair work issues. This is a key infrastructure project and should be an exemplar of good practice in employment. All we ask is that they adhere to negotiated industry agreements and provide a safe workplace for our members.”

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