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'No To Exploitation Of Construction Workers'

Monday, April 10, 2017

 

Stop aggressive social dumping in Kent says union.

GMB, the union for construction workers, will protest against exploitation and social dumping by foreign construction companies in Kent.

Members, along with those from sister union Unite, will demonstrate at 11;30am on Wednesday 12 April 2017 at:

ESTOVER DISCOVERY PARK BIO MASS SITE

Ramsgate Road

Sandwich

Kent

CT13 9ND

The protest is to challenge the massive problem in the UK of exploitation and social dumping by non-UK companies contracted to work on UK construction sites.

The project in Sandwich is being undertaken by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S.

GMB has traced the funding source for the Sandwich Bio Mass project as funded by Copenhagen infrastructures, who along with other banking and pension organisations have corporate social responsibility documents relating to the use of collective agreements.

However the contractor in Sandwich is refusing to sign up to the national agreement in place in the UK.

Ross Murdoch, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

"The contractor in Sandwich refuses to sign up to the UK national agreement, instead chooses to try and cherry pick parts of it.

“By not signing up to the agreement they deny our GMB members a raft of pay and conditions including bonus payments, industry sick pay, full holiday entitlement, accommodation and travel allowances and entitlements for death and disablement.

“This undercutting is entirely illegal in Denmark but Danish companies are prepared to boost profits by aggressive social dumping in the UK.

“GMB along with its sister union Unite asks for a show of solidarity with British construction workers by signing our petition [1] below to put pressure on the Danish Government to launch an investigation into these practices and calls for peolple to join us on the demo".

ENDS

Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] GMB and Unite’s ‘Pay the Rate’ campaign: https://campaign.goingtowork.org.uk/petitions/pay-the-rate-stop-danish-construction-firms-undercutting-uk-pay-rates?source=gmb

GMB and Unite will be holding coordinated protests on the 12th April 2017 including organising petitions calling for enquiries into the actions of a number of contractors in relation to their conduct, with petitions being handed hand to the Danish and Croatian Embassies.

To complement the coordinated protests GMB and Unite are sending a delegation of senior stewards to Copenhagen on 9th & 10th April and 23rd & 24th April 2017 to Lobby Copenhagen Infrastructures head offices. 
 

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