UCATT rebuts Laing O’Rourke Dumfries hospital claims

UCATT rebuts Laing O’Rourke Dumfries hospital claims

Claims made by major contractor Laing O’Rourke following construction union UCATT’s protest at the Dumfries hospital site on November 3rd have been rebutted by the union.
UCATT Regional Secretary Steve Dillon, said: “UCATT is dismayed to hear the inaccurate comments to the media from contractor Laing O’Rourke regarding union access to the new hospital site in Dumfries.
“Firstly, in terms of the union not having ‘formally’ requesting access, the presence of a Regional Officer on site on two occasions approaching management about accessing workers is a formal approach. The union believes that Laing O’Rourke are merely posturing and seeking to mask their blatant anti-trade union attitude.
“In addition when Laing O’Rourke talk about a directly employed workforce, this is correct they do employ workers directly, what they omit from informing the media about is the fact that some workers employed directly on the Dumfries hospital site have been employed on three week contracts, not exactly an advert for secure and sustainable employment.
“The company has never offered UCATT any opportunity to highlight the benefits of being a member of the union at this site, and has actively pursued a strategy to prevent the union from speaking to workers.
“You have to question the validity of these statements as yesterday during the protest by the union, the officer once more gave his card to management – and despite having over five hours in which to approach the union not a word or call was made to discuss the matter. This is in direct conflict with the approach that Laing O’Rourke is claiming to pursue in its media statement.
“If Liang O’Rourke is serious about opening engagement then they have our details and can make contact at any time to open meaningful dialogue.”

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UCATT is the largest union in the construction industry throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland

Notes to Editors:

A Laing O’Rourke spokesperson, told the BBC

A Laing O'Rourke spokesperson said: "Laing O'Rourke has the largest directly employed operative workforce within the UK building and engineering industry, and regards positive engagement between our managers and employees as vital to maintaining a safe and productive workplace environment.
"We totally support the role of the trade union movement and the support they can provide to our employees and ourselves.
"In this instance, UCATT has not formally requested access to our Dumfries and Galloway project. We would, of course, be happy to discuss UCATT's concerns regarding positive engagement."
The company said it also offered unions the opportunity to advertise the benefits of membership and to recruit members.
"In our view this is the most productive and professional environment for engagement," said the spokesperson.
"In addition we offer a voluntary check off facility to those employees who wish to have their trade union subscriptions deducted from their weekly wage



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