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November 13, 2018

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Corby Borough Council signs construction workers charter

Corby Borough Council has signed up to the Unite Construction Charter, which aims to improve health and safety standards on local building projects.

The leader of the council, Cllr Tom Beattie and Unite regional secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel signed the charter at a ceremony held yesterday (12 November) in Corby.

The charter commits the council to work with Unite in order to achieve the highest standards in respect of direct employment status, health and safety, standards of work, apprenticeship training and the implementation of appropriate nationally agreed terms and conditions of employment.

It also covers important local authority construction projects, including the council’s ambitious house-building programme.

In August, Crawley Borough Council signed up to the charter and Bristol City Council signed the pledge in July.

“It’s great news for Corby’s construction workers that the council is on their side,” said Unite’s Regional Secretary for the East Midlands, Paresh Patel

“Unite’s construction charter will help local workers to operate in a safe environment on construction sites. The charter also ensures that workers will be directly employed and that they can raise health and safety issues without fear.”

Cllr Beattie added: “We are very pleased to be signing up to Unite’s Construction Charter. Corby is one of the fastest growing places in the country and with our ambition to double our population by 2020 it is important to ensure that we do all we can to work with construction companies that meet these high standards for their workers.”

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