Coun­cil’s con­struc­tion char­ter

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

Con­struc­tion com­pa­nies ten­der­ing for con­tracts with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil will now be ex­pected to meet new stan­dards and con­di­tions.

A Con­struc­tion Char­ter has been agreed by the coun­cil fol­low­ing a re­quest by union Unite.

The char­ter will build on the ex­ist­ing fair work­ing prac­tices that the coun­cil ask all bid­ders for con­tracts to ad­here to.

There are five main head­ings of the char­ter which cover health and safety, em­ploy­ment stan­dards, pay and ben­e­fits, em­ploy­ment rights and re­spon­si­ble sourc­ing.

The pa­per was passed by coun­cil­lors at an ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Chair of the coun­cil’s hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Josh Wil­son, said:“I’m de­lighted that the Con­struc­tion Char­ter is now in place and it sends a strong mes­sage about how much we want to pro­tect any­one car­ry­ing out work on our be­half. We look for­ward to work­ing with con­trac­tors to help us sup­port the aims as set out in the char­ter.”

There were con­cerns, how­ever, raised by the Con­ser­va­tive Group leader, coun­cil­lor Alex Al­li­son, that the char­ter may put small busi­nesses and the self-em­ployed at a dis­ad­van­tage due to dif­fer­ing terms and con­di­tions of sub-con­trac­tors.

He said:“While I broadly wel­come the char­ter we need to en­sure small busi­nesses and the self-em­ployed are not dis­crim­i­nated against when work­ing for the coun­cil.”

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