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Games workers seek more say on conditions

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BUILDING workers met up in London this week to call for greater grass roots involvement in pay negotiations for Olympics contracts.

Meeting organiser Steve Kelly, a member of the GMB union, said the men wanted more input into their employment conditions.

Among the benefits workers have called for are £20 an hour for all trades, a 35-hour week and 28 days' holiday.

Mr Kelly said: 'Officials can't go in and consult everyone but we want more involvement in negotiations than we have had in the past.'

Construction for the London games will begin in earnest in 2008, when work on the main stadium will begin. At its peak in 2009 and 2010, around 7,000 will be employed on Olympic contracts run by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

A further 5,000 will be working on the neighbouring Stratford City mixed-use development, which will also be home to the athletes' village.