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Issue:- 4 July 2013


THE government has identified the skilled construction jobs with shortages of labour so we investment in training to up-skill our own people to meet the needs of the economy says GMB

GMB, the union for energy and construction workers, commented on the statement by the Chief Secretary of the Treasury on infrastructure spending in the UK.

Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary for energy, said:- "There is no change and no progress on new nuclear in this statement. We believe a deal could and would have been done but from interventions by the treasury who blocked a deal. The government has consistently talked about job creation in the energy sector; it just isn't happening."

Phil Whitehurst GMB National Officer for engineering construction said:- "This programme of work, if it actually happens, is welcome. It will requires a skilled and qualified workforce to undertake it. The government has identified the skilled jobs where there are shortages of labour. There is a massive pool of unemployed workers of which nearly a million are under the age of 25. Surely it is not beyond the wit of Westminster politicians to secure the necessary investment in training to up-skill our own people to meet the needs of the economy. Which bit of this is too complicated for the government to understand? It demands that government and employers follow this simple industrial strategy."

Unions welcome Merseyside MPs report on zero hours

TRADE unions welcomed a report from 3 Merseyside MPs into the impact of zero hours contracts on workers.  The North West TUC welcomed the initiative and backed calls for increased regulation to counter the abuse and exploitation of workers.  Zero hours contracts are becoming increasingly popular with some employers because it gives them the flexibility to give no guarantee to workers that they will be required to work a fixed number of hours.

The report by MPs Luciana Berger, George Howarth and Alison McGovern found that this leads to instability, a lack of adequate notice, and discrimination between those workers on zero hours and staff on full time and other types of contract who enjoy better conditions.  Zero hours contracts make managing childcare, caring, financial and other commitments extremely difficult for the employee.

North West TUC Regional Secretary Lynn Collins said:- "Workers are expected to be at the beck and call of an employer at any time. It's a return to Victorian ways of working and we are seeing more and more employers resorting to this backward style of management. Zero hours contracts mean the employer has all the flexibility and the worker has none."  She added:- "The MPs' report is timely and extremely welcome. It highlights an area of work that is crying out for increased regulation to end abuse and exploitation. The government should put an end to these abuses. Employers should instead be offering workers guaranteed hours with fair pay; so they can plan their home lives, budget properly and cover their household bills."

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