Call for a construction charter to improve industry practices

Motion moved by Depute Leader Cllr Cammy Day agreed at Council today.

“Acknowledges the importance of a construction charter to ensure health and safety and best value for the city. Instructs officers to work with the trades unions and report back within two cycles on the adoption of a construction charter. The report should include robust monitoring/checking and reporting processes to ensure all contractors and sub contractors abide by the charter on sites delivering council projects.”

Moving the motion, Cllr Day said:

“We are all aware of recent school build quality issues, of contractors going bust, of blacklisting and much much more. Many of us will also have read the Cole report telling us that the industry needs to change, no more short cuts and no more disregard for employees health and safety.

“Cole report recommendations made it very clear that standards in the construction industry need to be improved. Unite, Unison, GMB and many others are fully supportive of a construction charter to protect their members rights - and this is the right thing to do.

“This is about protecting workers rights, protecting health and safety. We all know that the construction industry has the highest deaths in employment and this needs to stop.

"This charter is also about ensuring that contractors pay their fair share, ensuring national insurance and income tax is duly paid for all employees."

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