Sheffield council signs Construction Charter

Sheffield Council has become the latest local authority in Yorkshire to agree a minimum standards construction charter which will cover all the construction projects where is has an involvement.

The Charter was signed on Wednesday 6th April between Sheffield Deputy Council Leader Leigh Bramall and construction unions UCATT, GMB and Unite.

The Charter sets out several provisions that contractors employed on Sheffield Council projects will have to follow, including:

  • Directly employ workers (rather than being self-employed or paid via umbrella companies)
  • Employ workers under recognised industrial agreements
  • Promote the benefits of trade unions and recognise shop stewards
  • Certify they are not engaged in blacklisting
  • Promote and encourage apprenticeships to NVQ Level 3.

The signing of the charter in Sheffield, comes a month after Wakefield Council signed a similar agreement and UCATT are working to ensure that other local authorities in Yorkshire also agree to abide by similar commitments.

Rob Morris, Regional Secretary for UCATT Yorkshire, said: “This charter ensures that workers employed on projects underpinned by Sheffield Council will receive decent treatment.”

Mr Morris added: “This charter is a first step to combatting and stamping out the exploitation and shoddy practices which are inherent in the construction industry.”

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