The Mayor of London has today (11th September) signed up to Unite the union’s Construction Charter, aiming to ensure that projects under the control of the Greater London Authority meet the highest employment standards.
The charter combines the GLA’s procurement power with Unite’s influence in the workplace to improve the city’s construction standards, protect workers, and outlaw poor construction practices – by making signing up to it a requirement of building projects under City Hall’s control.
The London Borough of Newham also signed up to the Charter today, with Barking and Dagenham council signing the Construction Charter on 4th July.
All construction firms planning to work on GLA building projects will now need to meet the standards laid down in the charter.
Meeting to launch the charter, Deputy Mayor of London James Murray joined Peter Kavanagh, Unite regional secretary for London at City Hall today.
Peter Kavanagh said: “The Mayor of London and Unite are joining forces to ensure our world class capital city has world class employment standards for construction workers.
“The charter combines the GLA’s procurement power with Unite’s influence in the workplace to ensure construction projects under the control of the authority meet the highest standards.
“Workers will have the right to speak out on safety issues and be paid a fair rate for the job. The charter means there will be no blacklisting of workers.
“Vitally, the charter also protects workers from the scourge of bogus self-employment. It ensures construction workers are directly employed instead of paying £20-30 a week to payroll companies just to get their wages.”
James Murray added: “We are proud to back Unite the Union’s Construction Charter, which leads the way on world-class employment standards for construction workers across London.
“At City Hall we are using all the resources and powers we have to build more council, social rented, and other genuinely affordable homes.
“The Charter means that workers and residents can be confident that projects we are involved with will follow best practice on conditions and pay for construction workers, and I urge other authorities to join us.”