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London's golden chance

AGENDA COMMENT

UNION bosses are quite rightly calling for world-class terms and conditions for workers during the Olympic building programme.

They have seen how the T5 model works in practice and are keen for it to be implemented across east London.

Their fear is that, as completion dates approach, safety could take a back seat as hitting the deadline becomes everything.

That happened in Athens when workers were killed and maimed as the scramble to open on time intensified.

But why take the gamble? A look at the London schedules shows work does not start on many jobs for years.

Why not roll the programme forward six months just to make sure?

The worst that could happen is that stadiums are ready ahead of schedule, boasting safety records to be proud of.