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Fatality highlights concerns over employee life cover in construction sector

Under the B&CE’s accident and life cover scheme’s standard rate if a member dies at work their family receives £80,000 and if they die while not at work the benefit is £40,000. The scheme which is paid for by the employer costs just £1.49 a week, less than three pence an hour for workers undertaking a typical 50 hour week.

Contributor: Jerry Swain | Published: 15 February 2019

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CITB outsourcing marks ‘beginning of the end of the organisation’

The CITB board has announced that workers undertaking roles including: human resources, finance, procurement, technology and change (corporate performance), apprenticeship processing, and some customer operations roles will be transferred to Shared Service Connected Ltd (SSCL) in February next year.

Contributor: Unite | Published: 1 December 2018

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Carillion report – first step in transforming shattered corporate model

Unite’s represents over a thousand workers affected by Carillion’s collapse. Unite’s members were spread between Carillion’s construction division, where many of them were employed in the supply chain, and on outsourced contracts in both the public and private sector.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 24 May 2018

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Probe into ‘disappearing’ Carillion NHS pension contributions

A top level probe into where the pension payments of NHS and other public sector workers, employed by Carillion, have ‘disappeared to. Unite, the country’s largest union, said mystery surrounded the fate of the pensions’ contributions of thousands of workers who were employed on public sector contracts when Carillion collapsed last month.

Contributor: Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe | Published: 2 March 2018

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Carillion crisis exposes “toothless Prompt Payment Code”

Poor payment practice continues to be a big issue for small businesses with FSB research showing that, on average, 30 per cent of payments are typically late while the average value of each late payment stands at £6,142. Furthermore, it costs the UK economy £2.5bn each year and kills 50,000 small firms.

Contributor: Mike Cherry | Published: 14 February 2018

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Government must step in and preserve pay and conditions of Carillion workers

Following Carillion’s collapse, the government announced that workers employed on the company’s 450 public sector contracts would continue to be employed, it was then announced that on 90 percent of the private sector outsourced contracts, short-term arrangements had been arrived at and these workers would continue to be paid while longer term arrangements were made.

Contributor: Gail Cartmail | Published: 5 February 2018

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Construction output growth eases slightly in December

Construction companies in the UK indicated an uneven recovery in business activity at the end of 2017. A robust rise in residential building contrasted with falling work on commercial projects and stagnating civil engineering output.

Contributor: Duncan Brock | Published: 12 January 2018