The Parc Adfer energy from waste construction site in Deeside, north Wales, has become the first to be named and shamed by construction union Unite, for the state of its toilets and welfare facilities.
The pictures of the welfare facilities were provided to Unite by a whistleblower who was concerned about the conditions at the site. The photos show broken urinals, overflowing bins and a blocked toilet.
Parc Adfer is the first site that Unite has ‘named and shamed’ for the exceedingly poor quality of its toilets after having promised to do so when it highlighted how tens of thousands of UK workers are being denied toilet dignity.
As stated under the Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations (1992), employers have a clear duty to provide decent toilets and washing facilities.
The discovery of the welfare conditions follows a series of protests at the site at the refusal of both the client, US-based company, Wheelabrator, and the main contractor French-based company, CNIM, to adhere to industrial agreements governing the project.
The companies are only prepared to pay the living wage of £9.00 an hour which is 64% below the relevant NAECI agreement, where the basic rate is £17.39 an hour with a £2.37 an hour incentive bonus.
Much of the mechanical engineering work has been sub-contracted to Polish outfit, Mostostal Pulawy, which was instructed to tender the work at living wage rates and which has brought in its workforce from Poland.
Unite regional officer, Steve Benson said, “These pictures reveal that workers on this project are being required to work in filthy conditions.
“Flintshire Council and the contractors at Parc Adfer should hang their heads in shame at the state of the welfare facilities.
“Construction workers, especially at this time of year, work long hours in difficult conditions and they have an absolute right to be able to use clean and comfortable welfare facilities. These workers are being denied toilet dignity.
“Sadly, it is all too common in construction, that companies which cut corners on pay, which deny unions access to their sites, and cut corners on welfare facilities, breach other critical regulations.
“Unite will now be contacting the HSE with our evidence and asking it to take urgent action to relieve the misery currently being experienced by the Parc Adfer workforce.”