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Wed September 23 2020

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Construction demonstrations spread to Scotland

21 Nov 11 Construction workers have held a demonstration in Glasgow to protest against proposed changes to their terms and conditions.

Members of Unite the Union, which organised the march, claims that reforms planned by construction companies risked de-skilling the sector.

The union, which represents electricians, plumbers, and pipe-fitters, said the proposals will impact on wages and could affect infrastructure projects.

Rab Sherry, regional officer for Unite, said: "The companies want to withdraw from long-standing national agreements which will have an adverse impact on these guys' terms and conditions and will actually de-skill the industry.

"Some of the guys standing here today who make £14.50 as an electrician will be asked to carry out the same task for £10."

Angry employees feel they are being penalised for the economic crisis.

Shop steward Willie Black said: "This is a ridiculous situation. We're in a recession and they want the workers to pay for it.

“And we're not having it."

Davy Brockett, Unite's construction sector convenor, added: "We want to see the employers come back to the table, recognise the national agreement is a good thing for the employers and employees, and sit down and discuss these issues."

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