False self-employment

UCATT welcomes the Guardian investigation into the sophisticated tax avoidance schemes of employment agencies

An undercover Guardian newspaper investigation has produced footage of a tax expert explaining how an employment agency can avoid paying millions of pounds in tax – ostensibly legally.


UCATT Scotland stages major demonstration outside blacklisting constructor Laing O’Rourke’s Dumfries hospital project

UCATT has begun a series of protests at a major hospital project in Dumfries in Scotland. The first protest was held this morning (November 3rd) outside the site.

UCATT protest at Dumfries hospital

UCATT to join Unite to form one powerful union for the construction industry

Construction workers will have one powerful union voice on their side fighting for them from 1 January 2017, it was announced today (Wednesday 2 November) as members of UCATT voted by 85.5% to 14.5% to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.

UCATT Calls for an HMRC Investigation into Construction Industry

Construction union UCATT has called on the Government to investigate both endemic false self-employment in the industry and the reliance on agency labour.


UCATT says the latest self-employment figures are a sham


Latest figures released by the Resolution Foundation think-tank show the scale of the tax dodge perpetrated by thousands of British firms. These figures which show self-employment has risen in the UK by more than a million in the last thirteen years give a false picture, as a significant proportion of those workers will not be genuinely self-employed.

TUC backs campaign to outlaw umbrella companies

TUC Congress has today (Tuesday 13th September) overwhelming backed a UCATT campaign to establish a political campaign to outlaw umbrella companies.

Doncaster latest council to sign construction charter

Doncaster Council has become the latest Yorkshire Council to sign a construction charter, ensuring good practice on future construction projects.

Doncaster construction charter signing

Further growth in false self-employment revealed

Figures obtained by construction union UCATT via a Freedom of Information request reveal that the problem of false self-employment is continuing to increase in the construction industry.

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.

Wakefield Council agrees groundbreaking construction charter

Construction union UCATT have warmly welcomed the creation of a construction charter by Wakefield Council that sets minimum standards for all the local authorities’ construction projects.

The Charter was signed by Wakefield Council leader Peter Box on Wednesday 10th March alongside representatives of UCATT, Unite and GMB.


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