This resolution has been passed to go to Amicus UNITE Conference. It’s an important issue and we hope for the widest sympathy and active support for its sentiments.
London Construction Branch believes that the London Olympics 2012 provides a national opportunity to demonstrate its effectiveness by ensuring that union organisation throughout the site is a model for the construction industry as a whole.
Conference calls for:
1) A union organising campaign at the site with a dedicated team of full-time organisers and a long term plan. The plan should maximise lay involvement including construction stewards and activists, construction branches and the Regional Council. We want a campaign that is as high profile as the TGWU section’s cleaners’ organising drive.
2) The aim is 100% membership with a full complement of accredited stewards and union facilities, direct employment of all workers, British and non-British, under the terms of the appropriate national agreements
3) A campaign to ensure that the ODA/LOCOG implements Ken Livingstone’s pledge of ‘all contractors working on Olympics 2012 must use directly employed labour.’ This should be a requirement statement in all signed contracts. We also demand that all contractors be specifically prohibited from using blacklists to prevent union activists working on the site.
This motion is from UNITE London Construction Branch, and we urge support from other construction branches