UCATT steps in after contractor ignores TUPE regulations

Tim Lezard

UCATTUCATT has vowed to fight for the job of every worker currently employed by companies Muirfield and Carillion on an Aberdeen City Council contract.

More than 30 workers could be made redundant in Aberdeen this month after a kitchen and bathroom contract was won by contractor Sidey, who are refusing to accept that TUPE applies for workers currently engaged on the contract with Carillion and Muirfield.

Scottish Regional Secretary Harry Frew said: “It is absolutely disgraceful the way in which these workers are being treated. We will be pursuing every avenue to ensure they keep their jobs, and believe that TUPE should apply with workers transferring with the contract.”

The workers with the two companies are currently employed on replacing kitchen and bathrooms in council properties owned by Aberdeen City Council.

Local UCATT official Steve Dillon has met with the council and contractors in order to seek a resolution to the impasse and will continue to fight for members jobs.

Mr Frew added: “We are looking to the council to ensure any incoming contractors accept that the workforce will transfer and are employed as part of the contract. The workers should not suffer due to the failings of others.”

UCATT is also taking legal advice on the matter.

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