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Construction Workers Take Legal Action

Friday, January 20, 2017


Union backs challenge by staff sacked without warning just before Christmas.

GMB construction workers locked out of the Glasgow City Council recycling and renewable energy centre they were building in Polmadie [1] will now seek legal action.

Staff turning up to work just before Christmas where blocked from entering the site by their employer Interserve Industrial Services.

Relations between Interserve and main contractor Viridor had broken down behind the scenes – and workers were given the boot with just one week’s notice.

The legal action is likely to be complex and involve more than one company being brought before an employment tribunal on contractual rights, lost wages and TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) claims.

Tony Dowling, GMB senior organiser for Public Services in Scotland, said:

“Our members were unceremoniously thrown out of work just before Christmas due to Interserve Industrial Services losing their position of sub-contractor.

“Viridor, the main contractor on the site, had lost faith in the ability of Interserve to deliver the project. “We need to be clear that we will defend and represent our members’ interests without hesitation.

“The waste to energy site, which cost Glasgow City Council £154million to build at the expense of the tax payer, is set to deliver energy from waste to 22 thousand homes.

“This process is likely to cost the tax payers of Scotland more money – not to mention delays to the project - when public services are under the financial cosh with £327 million pounds of cuts to come this year.”

“Interserve needs to answer to this, and without delay.”


Contact: Tony Dowling on 0141 332 8641

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