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Union calls for directly employed workforce

Trade union Amicus yesterday annouced it would take its fight to stop the exploitation of migrant workers in the UK to the House of Commons next week, demanding a directly employed workforce in the construction sector.
A statement by Amicus on Thursday said that as construction booms in UK cities, workers are failing to be protected as national agreements for pay and conditions are undermined by the use of temporary and agency workers who are being employed on lesser terms and conditions.Hundreds of construction workers will go to London on Wednesday 28 March to fight for stronger employment protection at work and the guarantee that national agreements for construction will be enforced on all major infrastructure projects, including the Queen Alexander Hospital in Portsmouth, Marchwood Power Station and the regeneration of Stratford City Centre prior to the building of the Olympic Stadium.As part of the campaign Amicus has launched a charter for the UK construction and contracting industry, and is calling for legislation that will prevent the use of cheap labour on all other projects and industry sectors.Amicus general secretary Derek Simpson said: 'We are calling on all construction workers to get involved in this national rally so we can send a powerful message to the government that we will not tolerate the exploitation of cheap labour and rogue employers who attack the terms and conditions of our members.'Without the protection of our national agreements, workers will continue to be exploited on building sites. We need to protect our national agreements and it is time the government set the standards for all workers in the construction industry.'

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