Unite issues appeal for evidence of over-crowded construction sites

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Unite has issued an appeal for construction workers to submit photographic evidence of unsafe working conditions.

The union is concerned members are being placed in situations where they cannot comply with social distancing guidelines and are asking for evidence to present to employers.

Unite officers have been lobbying government ministers and industry leaders to ensure sites are safe.

Assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail told union-news.co.uk: “But we’re hearing many employers are playing by the rules, so we’re asking our members to let us know when this happens.

“It’s not for us to call for the sites to close. It’s for us to say workers’ safety is of paramount importance, to inform workers what rights they have and to remove the obstacles between workers feeling they have the Hobson’s choice of risking their health or poverty and hunger.”

You can send evidence to Barckley.Sumner@unitetheunion.org.

More than half of construction workers are self-employed, so Unite has been involved in discussions with the Treasury over payments to them – the results of which were unveiled on Thursday.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon this week called for all construction sites in Scotland to be closed after photographic evidence emerged of workers crowded in a small room. London mayor Sadiq Khan made a similar call, but was overruled by the Prime Minister.

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