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UCATT says Brexit uncertainty is already affecting the construction industry

With over two years still to go until Britain is wrenched from the EU by Brexit - the UK construction industry has already taken a downturn. Figures released by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) show a 0.5% slowdown in industry output since June and into the next five years, with potential for the industry to contract overall by 0.2%.


Hinkley Point go ahead good news for construction industry

Construction union UCATT have warmly welcomed the Government’s decision today (Thursday 15th September) to give the go ahead to the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development.

Government's Hinkley Point delay is economic illiteracy

Construction union UCATT has described the Government’s decision to delay a final decision to build a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point as “economic illiteracy”.

Just hours after the client EDF confirmed that they had finally made the decision to go ahead with the multi-billion pound project the Government announced it would not make a final decision until the autumn.

Hinkley Point go ahead needed for construction boost

Construction union UCATT are calling for EDF to give the final go ahead tomorrow (July 28) for the construction of Hinkley Point C, in order to provide a much needed stimulus to the construction industry post-Brexit.

Hinkley Point ‘litmus test’ on post-Brexit investment in big infrastructure projects

Confirming the financial go-ahead of the Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be the first big litmus test that much-needed infrastructure UK projects will proceed, following the Brexit vote.

UCATT comment on budget

Commentating on today’s budget (March 16th), Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of construction union UCATT, said:

“This budget offers no comfort to workers who have been struggling to make ends meet, while providing a boost to the rich and powerful.”

UCATT response to Jeremy Corbyn's speech as Labour Leader

Jeremy Corbyn’s speech demonstrated his commitment to develop a new form of more inclusive politics.

UCATT seeks urgent talks over future of Hewlett Construction

Construction union UCATT are seeking urgent talks with administrators, after Leeds based Hewlett Construction yesterday (27th May) fell into administration.

It is the second time that a civil engineering company called Hewlett has gone into administration. In January 2013 Hewlett Civil Engineering went into administration but the company was then rescued by a management buyout.

UCATT comment on latest GDP construction figures

Construction union UCATT have blamed the latest fall in construction output on Government policies that have led to a failure of investment in the industry.

The Office of National Statistics has today (January 28) reported that overall the economy grew by 0.7% in the final quarter of 2013 but the construction industry declined by 0.3%.

UCATT on North-South divide survey

Commentating on the survey produced today by Adzuna, which found that the recovery in the construction industry had further increased the disparity in job vacancies between the north and south, Steve Murphy, General Secretary of construction union UCATT, said:


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