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Consult the unions


Sir, In the wake of the recent controversy surrounding the construction of the new Scottish Parliament building, it is pleasing to note that the involvement of trade unions is not the 'excuse' for the late delivery and overspend of the construction programme.

Only as recently as two weeks ago, another example of poor industrial relations and companies ignoring the initial advice of trade unions was once again highlighted in the sacking of more than 200 steel erectors at the Wembley Stadium project.

It appears that construction managers and clients alike have not learned from the lessons of the Jubilee line, Norwich Hospital, Phizers and Piccadilly Gardens.The list is endless.

Terminal 5 looks like the first major project where the management team has actually challenged the trade unions by rewarding for modernised working practices and not for ghost hours or the much maligned 'job and knock'.My union, Amicus, is at the forefront of this new agreement and, unlike the rhetoric spouted by Digby Jones of the CBI, trade unions are and will remain relevant in the modern workplace. All employers have to do is ask.

John Robinson Barrhead Glasgow

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