The UK Contractors Group says there is “no justification” for the extension of the Gangmasters Licensing Act to include the construction sector.
Director Stephen Ratcliffe today expressed dismay at recommendations by Rita Donaghy, chair of the inquiry into construction deaths, to have the regulations introduced across the industry.
Mr Ratcliffe said: “UKCG believe that the issue was examined very carefully last year by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform’s vulnerable workers group and the clear conclusion was that there was no justification for this.
“UKCG do not think anything has changed to affect that conclusion.”
But Unite deputy general secretary Jack Dromey claimed the move was vital to improving safety standards.
He said: “Rogue gangmasters put life and limb at risk, flout employment rights and rip off the taxpayer. Rogues also undermine reputable employers.
“Extending the remit of the Gangmasters Licensing Agency will make building sites safer, protect building workers and benefit the public purse by ending tax-dodging.”