Corby Borough Council will throw its weight behind a Unite union Construction Charter that seeks to ensure that conditions for workers on construction projects under local authority control in the borough meet the highest standards.
Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council and Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel signed the Charter at a ceremony at the Corby Cube today (Monday 12 November) at 10.00am.
The Charter commits to working with Unite in order to achieve the highest standards in respect of direct employment status, health & safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.
The Charter will cover important local authority construction projects including the council’s ambitious house building programme.
Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel said: “It’s great news for Corby’s construction workers that the council is on their side. The council is making a significant commitment to construction workers at sites under local authority control.
“Unite’s Construction Charter will help local workers to operate in a safe environment on construction sites. The Charter also ensures that workers will be directly employed and that they can raise health and safety issues without fear.”
Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council said: “We are very pleased to be signing up to Unite union's Construction Charter. Corby is one of the fastest growing places in the country and with our ambition to double our population by 2020 it is important to ensure that we do all we can to work with construction companies that meet these high standards for their workers.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.