Bristol City Council Signs Charter to Protect Construction Workers

Bristol City Council has given its backing to a Unite Construction Charter for better conditions for construction workers on its sites.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and Karen Cole from Unite publicly signed the Charter on Tuesday, 3 July 2018 at Bristol’s City Hall.

The Charter commits to working with Unite whilst aiming to achieve the highest standards in respect of direct employment status, health & safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.

The Charter will cover important local authority construction projects.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol said: “As we are in the process of delivering on major housing and infrastructure projects it’s great that we are moving forward with ethical construction practices and I am delighted to work with Unite to make construction sites in the city fairer and safer.”

Unite regional political officer, Karen Cole said: “We welcome Bristol City Council’s commitment to the city’s construction workers. The Charter will help local workers to operate in a safe environment on construction sites and to ensure they can raise health and safety issues without fear.

“Unite has had a positive response from the leader of South Gloucestershire Council  to the Charter and we hope the council will be following Bristol City Council’s lead shortly and sign up to Unite’s Construction Charter.”

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