Construction Employers Have To Take Total Responsibly For Skill Shortages Due To Lack Of Adequate Investment In Staff
Only when the Employers wake up and own up to their failed years of noninvestment, and invest a real apprenticeship program will we get back on track in the UK says GMB.
GMB, the union for construction workers reacted to the report from The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) on skill shortages in the construction industry. See notes to editors for copy of RICS press release.
Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer said, “Only when the Employers wake up and own up to their failed years of noninvestment, and invest a real apprenticeship program will we get back on track in the UK.
For years the Construction Industry employers have buried their heads in the sand, way before the deepest recession we have experienced in living memory, they have failed to invest in "real apprenticeships" and opting for past Government low wage alternatives, with nothing at the end of the tunnel for those employed in such schemes.
When the going was good they did not invest, they just chose to pocket the high returns and put nothing back, unfortunately the horse has now bolted which has resulted in a massive skills shortage, and now they are looking at any excuse they can to vindicate their position of none investment.
Sadly, the norm has been on many large infrastructure projects in the UK to use non UK Posted Workers, which are more than often, underpaid and exploited, which undercuts the UK construction industry, and propagates a race to the bottom, which GMB has uncovered on numerous sites.
Bold statements of 100,000 jobs created means nothing, unless they are full time positions on PAYE Class 1 national insurance with full employment rights, but sadly these jobs are reportedly by the very nature of the industry, agency zero hour contracts, or unscrupulous agencies employing these workers via tax avoidance umbrella companies."
Contact: Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer on 07968 338810 or GMB Press Office on 07974 251823.
Notes to editorsCopy of press release from RICS dated 9 February 2015