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.

The charter sets out minimum conditions construction contractors on Wakefield Council projects will be required to abide by including:

  • Direct employment of workers
  • A ban on bogus self-employment, umbrella companies and similar practices
  • Health and safety standards to be rigorously implemented
  • 21st century welfare facilities
  • The promotion of apprenticeships to NVQ Level 3
  • Access to paid holidays, sickness pay, pensions, accident compensation and a death in service scheme
  • Workers to be employed under the appropriate industrial agreement
  • Promote the benefits of being employed by a union, recognise shop stewards and promote the election of health and safety reps.
  • An understanding that blacklisting has no place in society.

Rob Morris, Regional Secretary of UCATT Yorkshire, said: “This is an excellent agreement and provides the basis to ensure that workers are treated fairly and decently on future construction projects in Wakefield, we are now working with other Yorkshire councils to ensure they adopt similar policies.”

The charter builds on the commitment given by Kirkless Council last year to outlaw umbrella companies on their projects. UCATT has meetings in the coming weeks with Bradford and Sheffield councils to encourage them to sign their own versions of the Charter.

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