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Lend Lease faces Olympic worker legal row

Construction union the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Ucatt) will take legal action against contractors Lend Lease and Parry Bowen over Olympic Village workers who have not been paid for work.

Ucatt has said it will take Olympic Village principal contractor Lend Lease and façade contractor Parry Bowen to an employment tribunal after they “refused to intervene on behalf of workers who have not been paid after working on the site”.

Ucatt said two workers employed as window fixers by Parry Bowen are owed outstanding wages of £2,500 by employment agency JPV Europe. Lend Lease and Parry Bowen have “refused to intervene” in the situation, Ucatt said. Ucatt said it had written to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) asking it to intervene, and planned to take the matter to an employment tribunal in the meantime.

Ucatt London and South East regional secretary Jerry Swain said the contractors’ attitudes were “immoral and highly distasteful”. “They are able to sit back and count all the money they have made from this project, yet the workers who actually made the job happen get nothing,” he said. “The ODA need to step in and sort this mess out. This is public money and it must go to the workers and not into someone’s back pocket.”

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