Union criticises decision to maintain green light for non-essential construction

Unite Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to instruct construction companies not linked to essential services to close with immediate effect after being informed of hundreds of construction workers travelling across Scotland potentially leading to cross-country infections.

Published 15 January 2021

Unions 'furious' after BiFab and EDF offshore wind farm deal breaks down

The Scottish Government’s pledge to create thousands of renewables jobs is "in tatters" after the collapse of a deal between BiFab and EDF over the manufacture of jackets for the Neart na Gaoithe (NnG) offshore wind farm.

Published 22 October 2020

SJIB and Unite welcome consultation calling for regulation of electricians

The Scottish Joint Industry Board (SJIB) and the Unite union have welcomed the launch of a consultation exercise which it is hoped will lead to the introduction of a Member’s Bill calling for regulation of electricians.

Published 21 August 2020

SECTT holds out helping hand to apprentices made redundant during coronavirus crisis

Apprentices made redundant by the fallout from COVID-19 are being offered a lifeline by an industry-focused charitable trust backed by one of Scotland’s largest trade associations.

Published 19 August 2020

Site operating procedures are ‘inadequate’ and undermine correct use of PPE, says Unite

Construction union Unite has stated that it will not support the latest version of the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) site operating procedures (SOP) unless “major safety failing and potentially illegalities” are addressed.

Published 10 July 2020

Marshalls prepares to make up to 400 staff redundant

Landscaping and concrete specialist Marshalls could make up to 15% of its entire workforce redundant under restructuring plans outlined today.

Published 13 May 2020

Gas workers left in the lurch after contract change

A contractor who took on nearly 80 workers when it was awarded an SGN gas mains replacement and connections contract gave them a deadline to accept voluntary redundancy just days later.

Published 29 April 2020

Call for COVID-19 tests to be extended to construction at more firms resume work

With more major housebuilders returning to site this week, the industry’s largest trade union has called on the UK Government to include construction workers in its targeted COVID-19 testing of key workers in order to help halt the disease’s spread.

Published 28 April 2020

Unite Scotland reiterates call for construction sites to remain shut

All non-essential construction sites should remain closed in Scotland to keep construction workers and their families safe, Unite Scotland has demanded.

Published 24 April 2020

New Scottish guidance calls for non-essential construction works to cease at once

The Scottish Government has made clear that work on construction sites should stop immediately unless it is supporting crucial work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 7 April 2020

BESA and Unite reach agreement on the Job Retention Scheme

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Unite the Union have agreed a temporary solution to cover wages paid to operatives in the building engineering sector during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Published 1 April 2020

Union calls of UK Government to extend wage assistance to help construction's self-employed

The Unite union is calling on the UK Government to extend its wage support scheme to protect the million plus workers trapped in “bogus” self-employment in the building industry during the coronavirus crisis.

Published 23 March 2020

Industry bodies hail rise in female electrical apprentices

A group of respected industry bodies have hailed the recent rise in female electrical apprenticeships but have called for more action to encourage other young women to pick up the tools.

Published 9 March 2020

Construction Plant Competence Scheme card scheme not ‘fit for purpose’

The Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) card scheme is not fit for purpose in its current guise, according to Unite.

Published 31 January 2020

Property maintenance workers vote for industrial action at East Dunbartonshire Council

Workers in the property maintenance services division at East Dunbartonshire Council have voted for industrial action following a dispute over shift patterns.

Published 24 January 2020