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Olympics rights call

Ucatt draws up charter of working conditions for 2012 Olympic Games projects

CONSTRUCTION union Ucatt has drawn-up a wish list for building workers' rights on projects for the London Olympics.

Officials are now looking to arrange a meeting with Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins to spell out their demands.

The call comes as fears grow that the construction unions are being sidelined in the countdown to 2012.

Ucatt London regional secretary Jerry Swain said: 'Construction needs to be at the top of the agenda if we are to deliver the kind of Games that everyone can be proud of.

'Building workers shouldn't be taken for granted within that process and we want the construction unions to have more input.

'It is vital that members of the ODA sit down with the unions so they know our needs and requirements to ensure the whole project is a success.' Ucatt's Charter for the Successful Delivery of the Olympic Games 2012 i ncludes calls for:

All operatives to be directly employed;

Union/employer consultation committees for each project;

Safety reps and safety committees on all sites;

Rates of pay that ensure a highly motivated, highly skilled and dedicated workforce.

Mr Swain said: 'Direct employment is the rock that underpins all this.

'We have seen at Heathrow's Terminal 5 how the system can work and it would be foolish to rip up that blueprint and the lessons that were learnt there.

'Construction workers want to help make sure this is a gold medal project and not something that degenerates into the familiar old story of disputes and delays because things weren't sorted out from the start.

'There are a lot of meetings going on at the moment to select the main delivery partner and a similar sort of thoroughness should be evident when it comes to talking to all the construction unions about how industrial relations will work.'