Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 20, 2007 07:32 ET

New Year March and Rally for Construction Workers

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 20, 2007) - Unite, the UK's largest trade union, is holding a march and rally on Wednesday 2nd January 2008 for construction workers to demand that all employers use workers that are covered by union negotiated national agreements and are directly employed.

Unite fears that there will be social unrest unless employers and government take action to stop the exploitation of agency workers. Employers are increasingly turning to agency labour that are employed on inferior terms and conditions than directly employed workers. This is causing division and unrest among construction workers. Unite is leading the fight for stronger employment protection at work and to ensure that all construction workers are covered by UK National Agreements.

Unite National Officer, Tom Hardacre, says:

"This march by our members is intended to send a message to employers in the construction industry that they should respect our agreements.

"In addition we are calling for legislation to ensure the equal treatment of Temporary and Agency Workers."

National agreements were designed to provide a level playing field for all construction workers and guaranteed minimum standards on pay, health, safety and welfare. However, these agreements are being undermined by the use of agencies.

Unite is supporting the campaign for legislation to ensure the equal treatment of Temporary and Agency Workers.

Calling Notice

March and rally

When: Wednesday 2nd January 2008 at 11am

Starts from: Whitworth Park (opposite Manchester Royal Infirmary) Oxford Road, Fallowfield, Manchester

Ends: Manchester's Peace Garden, off St Peter's Square

Contact Information

  • Steve Benson
    Unite Regional Officer
    07770 575404
    On the 2nd January contact
    Karen Viquerat
    07768 931316