Unite Scotland has warmly welcomed the £2.7 billion partnership between Glasgow city council and the Wheatley Group, which secures thousands of skilled construction and maintenance jobs serving the city’s social housing stock.
The joint venture will see workers employed by the council-owned City Building LLP conduct all repair works for Glasgow Housing Association (GHA), Scotland’s largest social landlord with over 40,000 properties and part of the Wheatley Group.
By virtue of the new partnership, some 2,000 existing employees and an estimated 2,000 modern apprenticeships over the next 30 years will now deliver a housing stock repairs service worth over £60 million and an additional capital investment programme worth £27 million.
Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “This is welcome news for our members in City Building, welcome news for the Glasgow economy and welcome news for social housing tenants across the city.
“The skills of our members have provided excellent construction, maintenance and repair services for the city down the years and now GHA will also benefit from their expertise for years to come.
“It is also important that skilled opportunities will be provided for young people through a robust modern apprenticeship programme that will contribute towards the city’s future economic and employment prosperity.
“The bottom line is that this deal ensures long-term job security for thousands of people and in this economic climate that is something that should be hailed across the political spectrum.”
For further information please contact Peter Welsh, Unite Scotland Communications, on 07810 157931.
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- Unite Scotland is the country’s biggest and most diverse trade union with 150,000 members across the economy. The union is led in Scotland by Pat Rafferty.