New charter aims to boost construction workers’ safety and welfare conditions

Unite LogoThe six-point charter aims to ensure that workers receive the minimum employment conditions from health and safety, to welfare and pay.

The three unions signed the document, along with the mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, on 10 September.

The charter states: “It goes without saying that the health and safety of all workers is paramount. The construction industry is a dangerous industry and consequently we expect health & safety standards to be rigorously implemented and adhered to.

“We also expect welfare facilities for construction workers to be appropriate to the 21st century, such as toilets, mess, and drying facilities.”

The unions and the mayor point out that they are ‘acutely aware’ of the projected skill shortages that exist in all areas of the construction industry.

The charter adds: “This means expecting major contractors who have won work in our area to offer proper apprenticeships to the youth of the city.

“We also support other initiatives whose aim is to improve or expand the education and training of employers and employees engaged on construction projects across our city.

“Liverpool city council is a ‘living wage’ employer and believes that workers should be fairly rewarded for their efforts.

“We also believe that all workers have the right to paid holidays, access to a sickness benefit scheme, a decent pension, accident compensation and the comfort of knowing that a death in service scheme is in operation.”

The city council believes that trade unions play a vital role in creating a safe and productive worksite, and developing good industrial relations.

The six points of the charter call for:

• The employment of all construction operatives under the terms and conditions set out in the relevant national agreements: JIB, JIBPMES, HVAC, CIJC, NAECI, and TICA;

• The promotion of the benefits of belonging to a recognised trade union;

• The recognition of onsite shop stewards who have an important role to play in achieving and promoting good industrial relations;

• Trade unions retaining responsibility to appoint any health & safety representative to reflect their members’ priorities;

• The active promotion of the election of workplace health & safety reps and support for their role in helping to ensure a safe site; and 

• The provision of equality of opportunity for all, including the acknowledgement that the blacklisting of workers, for whatever reason, has no place in our society.

Source: Unite

Post date: 22 Sep 2015

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