Council Leader supports the Construction Projects Minimum Standards Charter

Date: 09/03/2016
Ref: PR 6193

Wakefield Council Leader, Councillor Peter Box CBE, has today shown his support for construction projects in the district by signing a Minimum Standards Charter alongside members of the three local unions for construction - Unite, UCATT and GMB.

The Charter pledges that a set of minimum standards are adhered in all construction projects that the Council has involvement in. Construction firms will need to agree to the charter to ensure that workers receive the minimum employment conditions. It is designed to stamp out industry practices such as self-employment schemes, umbrella companies and other unacceptable types of employment.

Cllr Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "As part of our regeneration plans for the district we are involved in many huge construction projects. We need to make sure that the companies working on these projects use a skilled workforce and that the finished products are of a high standard.

"Construction work is dangerous and the health and safety of workers is important. We have a duty to ensure that workers in this industry are properly paid and can enjoy basic employment rights. By signing this Charter we are pledging to help make sure this happens."

Chris Weldon, Regional Officer at Unite the Union, said: "I'm happy to sign the charter as it supports our members' right to be paid under the industry collective agreements and recognises the importance of local jobs and training."

The charter actively promotes the benefits of belonging to a recognised trade union, workplace health and safety practices and the employment of workers under the terms and conditions set out in the relevant national agreements.

The signing of the Minimum Standards Charter took place today (Wednesday 9 March) at Wakefield Town Hall. Alongside the Council Leader, the charter was also signed by constructions members from the Unite, UCATT and GMB unions.