A judgement made today by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) could mean that London’s Olympics will either be built on poverty wages or not at all as industrial unrest spreads, say Unite, the UK’s largest trade union.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 09/04/2008 - 14:26.
Alan Ritchie, the general secretary of the construction union UCATT has warned that the London 2012 Olympics faces an "industrial relations disaster" if the Olympic Delivery Authority did not agree a common site rate for construction workers on the Olympic Park.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Thu, 06/12/2007 - 11:47.
A drive to cut Olympic construction costs is threatening to suck in large numbers of “bogus self-employed” migrant workers, leading to widespread tax avoidance and blocked work opportunities for local people, ministers have been warned.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 09/07/2007 - 05:52.
Britain is facing a huge skills shortage that could undermine the success of the Olympics. The country urgently needs thousands more electricians, plumbers and bricklayers if the games are to be ready on time. Even if it finds them, there are not enough qualified chefs, security staff or cleaners either.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 27/06/2007 - 10:33.
The London Olympics is in danger of being tarnished by the use of cheap migrant labour said Jim Sheridan, Labour MP for Paisley & Renfrewshire North, as he moved a 10-Minute Rule Bill in Parliament on 13 June.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 18/06/2007 - 00:05.
Workers from some of the capital's poorest communities may not benefit from the jobs created by the 2012 Olympic Games, a London Assembly committee has warned.
According to the economic development, culture, sport and tourism committee report, people living in the five east London boroughs surrounding the Olympic park face "very real threats" which could see them miss out on thousands of new jobs and training opportunities.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Thu, 29/03/2007 - 22:03.
EXPERTS are being urged to apply for membership of a new, independent panel aimed at ensuring the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Specialists with experience of a major construction project or public event, and with social, environmental, and economic backgrounds are needed to form the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.
Submitted by Peter Mudge on Thu, 08/03/2007 - 20:04.
A mass demand for supplies and services - from builders and plumbers to snack sellers - means that the Olympics has unparalleled short-term earning potential for local business people.
But Haringey has been left out of an elite group of boroughs which will club together to raise training and job opportunities for the people who live there. They are Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest and Greenwich,
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Wed, 13/12/2006 - 20:30.
UK Rank and File Builders Committee Meeting
On Monday 27th November the UK Rank and File Builders Committee met in central London to discuss issues concerning the proposed building works on the 2012 Olympic Stadium. This included speakers and workers representing Trade Unions such as the GMB, TGWU, UCATT, AMICUS, EPIU and currently working on building sites such as the Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wembley Stadium, Kingscross, and T5 were also present.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Thu, 30/11/2006 - 19:18.
The construction industry's training body is setting up an office in Poland to fast-track migrant workers into Britain.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Sun, 22/10/2006 - 19:30.