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

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

The protests are a result of the union having lost patience with major constructor Laing O’Rourke and its deep-rooted and aggressive anti-union attitude at the new, public-funded, £212m hospital project at Dumfries in the south of Scotland.

Despite the Scottish Government’s commitment in its Fair Work Convention document that it would promote a worker-positive procurement policy, long-time blacklisters Laing O’Rourke are staying true to their legacy of anti-union activity by not allowing unions normal access to the site.

This major new NHS Scotland hospital project, which is totally funded by the public purse, is being dragged into the mire of reactionary, anti-worker politics by a constructor infamous for these practises. Laing O’Rourke was one of the main constructors instrumental in ruining the lives of thousands of British construction workers by blacklisting them from the industry over decades.

UCATT officials have tried on several occasions to get access to the Dumfries hospital site but have not been allowed proper access and all communications have been completely ignored by Laing O’Rourke management.

UCATT Scotland Regional Secretary, Steve Dillon, said: “The Scottish Government must take a stand against contractors feeding off public money but not prepared to engage with the workers’ representative, the union. It is vital that the Fair Work Convention takes a proper look at problems and acts to stop them occurring.”

Mr Dillon added: “This contractor, Laing O’Rourke, should never have got the contract in the first place. This is an aggressive, anti-worker, union-busting contractor that has no right to benefit from the public purse. We will be directly challenging Laing O’Rourke every time they undertake these practices in Scotland.”

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