Council signs charter to boost rights of construction workers
A Yorkshire council has agreed a 'groundbreaking' deal promising basic employment rights for construction workers.
Wakefield council says the minimum standards charter signed by leader cllr Peter Box and trade unions, Unite, UCATT and the GMB is designed to stamp out industry practices such as self-employment schemes, umbrella companies and other unacceptable types of employment.
It pledges a set of minimum standards that must be adhered to on all construction projects in which the council is involved.
Cllr Box said: 'Construction work is dangerous and the health and safety of workers is important.
'We have a duty to ensure that workers in this industry are properly paid and can enjoy basic employment rights.
'By signing this charter we are pledging to help make sure this happens.'