UCATT secures Labour commitments on false self-employment, blacklisting, Pleural Plaques, the Shrewsbury Pickets and Qatar

UCATT secures Labour commitments on false self-employment, blacklisting, Pleural Plaques, the Shrewsbury Pickets and Qatar

Construction union UCATT secured several key commitments from the Labour Party at the National Policy Forum meeting in Milton Keynes last weekend (18th-20th July).

These included:

  • On blacklisting the wording agreed was: “If the current Government will not launch a full inquiry into the disgraceful practice of blacklisting in the construction industry the next Labour Government will. This inquiry will be transparent and public to ensure the truth is set out”.
  • On false self-employment the wording agreed was: “False self-employment in construction is a scandal that is costing the taxpayer hundreds of millions each year…..The next Labour Government will put this right by tackling problems with the Construction Industry Scheme and setting criteria for deeming contracts in the construction industry for an individual’s personal service to be employment contracts for the purpose of both taxation and employment rights, and will abolish the loopholes in existing deeming measures, including through the use of umbrella and payroll companies.”
  • On pleural plaques it was agreed: “Labour will introduce legislation for a proper compensation scheme for sufferers of asbestosis and asbestos related conditions, ensuring they are given the payment they are duly owed without delay, by enshrining the levy on the insurance industry in law. This will secure a sustainable funding stream for compensation for victims and ongoing research into asbestos related diseases and their treatment. The compensation scheme will be extended to include Pleural Plaques should evidence be found to show Pleural Plaques are symptomatic.”
  • On the Shrewsbury Pickets it was agreed: “In the case of the Shrewsbury 24 we will approve the release of all papers concerning the Shrewsbury Trials and place them in the public domain.”
  • On Qatar it was agreed that; “Labour is appalled by the human rights abuses being perpetuated in Qatar and deprecates the system of sponsored employment known as the Kafala system; Labour calls on the Qatari authorities to adopt ILO Conventions of Freedom of Association and to ensure all migrant workers are covered by the standards contained in Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and legacy Worker’s Charter. If the Qatari authorities fail to take appropriate steps Labour will call for Qatar’s right to host the 2022 World Cup to be removed”.
  • Steve Murphy, General Secretary of UCATT, said: “UCATT is delighted that Labour has agreed these commitments. Labour has listened to UCATT’s concerns and the concerns of construction workers. The challenge will now be in ensuring they are implemented by securing a Labour victory at next year’s General Election.”

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