January 04, 2007 10:09 ET

Construction workers demonstrate in Liverpool City Centre

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 4, 2007) - Amicus, the UK's largest union for construction workers, will be demonstrating in Liverpool on Friday 5th January to demand that agreed standards of employment and health and safety are guaranteed by all employers on construction projects.

Amicus is leading the fight to ensure all construction workers are protected and benefit from UK National Agreements' terms and conditions negotiated by Amicus including the best possible health and safety standards for their members. These agreements were reached to create a level playing field for directly employed and agency workers in construction to protect all workers in this major employment sector.

Amicus, the union representing all Mechanical and Electrical Contracting and Engineering Constructions workers, is working with other unions to encourage more people working in construction to belong to a union. Construction members represented by Amicus get better pay, conditions and the risk of accidents and injury is at least 50% less for organised union members, compared to construction and building workers in non-unionised workplaces. (Sources: TUC, NJC, JIB)

Amicus' Construction Officer, Steve Benson, said:

"For too long employers in the construction industry have been undermining or at worst ignoring existing national agreements for the protection of construction workers. This demonstration is the beginning of our campaign to ensure that all employers honour their commitment and adhere to the national agreements.

"With big investment and building projects in Merseyside we want to encourage more people to join Amicus and get involved in taking the construction industry forward."

As a campaigning union Amicus has worked to promote issues directly concerning our members' interests including the best standards of employment reward for wages and conditions, health and insurance benefits and pensions.

Interviews and photo opportunity
The march will assemble on Friday, 5th January outside McDonalds, Lord Street, Liverpool at around 10.00 a.m. Speakers will include Amicus' Construction Lead Officer, Tom Hardacre and other union officials.


Notes for Editors

1. Amicus represents all Mechanical and Electrical Contracting and Engineering construction workers.

2. Membership in construction and contracting section currently stands at just over 57,000

3. Membership in construction craft members across all sectors over 100,000 (including allied construction workers many being electrical and mechanical/plumbing in other sectors including NHS and local authority building departments, the Lift & Escalator Construction Engineers in servicing, the contracting electricians, pipefitters and constructional engineers in offshore oil and gas, and others in general industries.

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Karen Viquerat
    01704 546 500 (07768931316)
    Steve Benson
    01704 546 500 (07770 575404)