Fighting for North Tees workforce

17 Dec 2018
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GMB has vowed to continue the fight for the North Tees workforce after a ‘disappointing’ meeting with company bosses

Babcock, Wilcox Velund (BWV) is building a new bio mass construction project on North Tees and has awarded the thermal insulation contract to Termika - a Polish company that has imported its own labour on the project on suspected lower terms and conditions than the national rates for the thermal insulation industry.

At a meeting with BMV bosses this week, GMB was told Termika would outsource part of the work to a college contractor to provide job opportunities for local labour.

However no details were provided about the work and how many jobs it would create.

Meanwhile GMB was told Termika intended to also increase the use of non-domiciled Polish thermal insulation engineers in January,

The meeting ended without any assurances for the North Tees workforce.

The promises of local jobs seem to be smoke and mirrors. We suspect it will be of a limited scale, offered to minimise the uproar snubbing of local labour has generated within the community.

GMB demands North Tees workers are the primary source, before importing external labour. We will continue to highlight and publicise any clients and contractors who deny employment opportunities of new investment to the local community.

Tom Allison, GMB Senior Organiser

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