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Ucatt pushes for meeting to put Olympics wish list

UNION leaders are calling for an urgent meeting with the new Olympic delivery partner to discuss industrial relations policies.

The CLM consortium of CH2M Hill International, Laing O'Rourke and Mace was confirmed as winner of the £100 million plus delivery role last week.

Union chiefs are confident they will be able to work with the group to guarantee settled industrial relations on the job.

Jerry Swain, London regional secretary for construction union Ucatt, said: 'It is good news this consortium has won because we have good relationships with O'Rourke and Mace and they have demonstrated they like to do things properly.

'We need to sit down with them now and see exactly what their role will be and how they will ensure that the right industrial relations policies are in place for the contractors they are overseeing.'

Ucatt has already drawn up a wish list for Olympic projects.

This calls for all operatives to be directly employed, union/ employer consultation committees for each project, safety reps and safety committees on all sites and rates of pay that ensure 'a highly motivated, highly skilled and dedicated workforce'.

n See Agenda, page 12