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Protests over ‘race to the bottom’ at Deeside construc...

Protests over ‘race to the bottom’ at Deeside construction project

23 July 2018

Members of Unite will be holding a series of protests tomorrow (Tuesday 24 July) over a ‘race to the bottom’ in pay, conditions and safety at the £800 million energy to waste construction site at Parc Adfer in Deeside, north Wales. 

Campaigners will be protesting from 07:30 outside Flintshire County Hall, Mold, CH7 6NB as well as from 09:00 outside the London offices of the American firm Wheelabrator, Portland House, Bessenden Place, London SW1E 5BH and the French contractor CNIM, Harmsworth House 13-15 Bouverie Street, London, EC4Y 8DP.

CNIM has been appointed to deliver the Parc Adfer project by its client, the American firm Wheelabrator, for the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Partnership which is led by Flintshire county council and includes Conwy County borough council, Denbighshire county council, Gwynedd county council and Isle of Anglesey county council.  

CNIM and its appointed sub-contractors are refusing to apply national construction agreements. Workers on the site are being paid just the living wage of £8.75 an hour which is 61 per cent below the standard rate of £17.39 an hour as covered by the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) agreement.

Tomorrow’s protests come ahead of a meeting next week with the first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones and Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail, where Unite will raise concerns over blacklisting and the exclusion of qualified local workers. 

Commenting Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The lengths that are being gone to undermine national agreements on this public private partnership construction project are shameful. 

“Workers are being short changed out of the proper rate for job, while industry agreements, health and safety, and welfare provisions are being picked apart.  

“National agreements work for both workers and employers. Workers receive a fair rate of pay and operate in safe environment, while projects are delivered promptly to high standard on budget. 

“The local councils involved in the project, Wheelabrator and CNIM need to take a long hear look at themselves and end the ‘race to the bottom’ by starting to honour national construction agreements.” 

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For further information please contact the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

Notes to editors        

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.