HS2 Ltd has reached a deal with the TUC to ensure that agreements regarding the project’s workforce are upheld by some core values.
Called an “initial framework agreement”, the two organisations have said that they’ve agreed shared values and a system for discussing employment, development, diversity and inclusion of everyone working either directly for HS2 Ltd or via suppliers. The agreement will come into play later down the line when work packages with contractors are set up. At peak construction, there could be 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships.
The values include respect, equality, diversity and inclusion, a commitment to health, safety and wellbeing and a commitment to the project’s legacy and regeneration.
HS2 Ltd chief executive Simon Kirby said: “Our mission is to be a high-performing, innovative organisation that delivers value for money by applying the best in worldwide design and construction techniques.
“To accomplish this mission we need to lead a safe, valued and effective workforce. This fundamental agreement underlines our responsibility as a direct employer as well as a commitment to the wider workforce that will deliver HS2 across our supply chain.
“I look forward to working with the TUC and their colleagues to provide the very best standards in areas such as safety and wellbeing, diversity and development.”
TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “HS2 is a massive opportunity for workers in the construction and rail sectors. We look forward to working with HS2 and our member unions to ensure that equality, safety and respect are at the heart of the project.
“HS2 is key for creating jobs, driving economic growth, and narrowing the north-south divide. It’s a much-needed investment boost in our railways.
“This agreement commits all those delivering HS2 to maximising benefits to the UK supply chain, crucial at a time when we are discussing the future of the UK steel industry.”