Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Ucatt leader hits out at exploitation of migrant workers

Labour agencies make massive profits and put migrant workers lives at risk, Ucatt leader Alan Ritchie told the TUC congress this week.
The building workers' union boss said that migrant workers were being exploited by agencies placing them on construction sites.

Building workers' leader Alan Ritchie hit out, during his speech to the TUC Congress, at the massive exploitation of people and the vast profits made by agencies placing migrant workers on construction sites.

Mr Ritchie said; 'migrant workers are being forced to take up dirty, dangerous jobs that nobody else wants, working in poor conditions.'

'My union came across a group of Eastern European workers employed by an agency in Glasgow. The company recruiting them was a multinational with millions of pounds in annual turnover.The agency employed them on less than £5 an hour.

'We also found an agency employing Polish plasterers on the minimum wage and deducting accommodation costs, airfares and Home Office registration fees from their wages.

'It's time the government woke up to this exploitation. Employers will pay lip service to the formal rights of workers. When the enforcement authorities are gone people like gang masters use fear and intimidation to force down wage rates.'

Contact the newsdesk