A Construction Charter has been adopted by council bosses to ensure the local authority achieves the highest standards on building projects in the borough.
The charter, which has been drawn up by union Unite, will be signed by council leader Qadar Zada later this month. It will require contractors to demonstrate stringent health and safety policies and procedures are in place on construction sites.
It will require firms employed by the council to work more closely with trade unions, and also for companies to provide documented evidence the workers they use are up to the job in hand.
The local authority will, through the Charter, work with contractors to provide apprenticeships to address skills shortages in the construction field and employment opportunities.
Councillor Qadar Zada, leader of the council, said:
As a council, we are responsible for the procurement of a large amount of construction projects.
It is therefore appropriate that we, as a responsible client, enter into this agreement and commit to working with the appropriate trade unions, in order to achieve the highest standards.
The council recognises that through construction and civil engineering contracts it has the opportunity to promote economic growth across the borough and deliver training and employment opportunities.
We are also ever mindful of the industry skills shortage and plan to use the Charter as a starting point for discussion with firms we use in how they can take on apprentices and add social value to the borough they are working in.”
The charter will be signed by Councillor Zada and a representative from Unite before the next meeting of the council’s cabinet on March 20th, where it will be discussed. Members of the public are welcome to attend.