Unite and GMB have a combined membership of more than two million, and represent many workers in construction, engineering and power generation.
Pay the rate: Stop Danish construction firms undercutting UK pay ratesTwo Danish-owned firms working on major energy construction projects in the UK are exploiting migrant workers by employing them for 61% less pay than existing industry collective agreements. The companies are constructing a number of energy from waste projects in the UK (including in Rotherham and Sandwich in Kent), which are being financed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, the investment arm of Pension Denmark. Construction workers should be paid at least is £16.97 an hour with a bonus of £2.37 an hour.an hour under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI). This reflects the difficulty and skill involved in these roles. Yet skilled non-UK workers on projects run by Babcock & Wilcox Vølund and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S reportedly are only paid the national minimum wage of £7.20 an hour. Engineering construction workers and their unions Unite and GMB want these workers to get the going rate for their work. Allowing this exploitation undermines all other construction workers in the UK. Employers mustn't get away with using loopholes to avoid basic standards. Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S are also refusing to recognise or allow unions access to all their UK projects. Unite and GMB believe both companies are in breach of Pension Denmark's Corporate Social Responsibility Policy by failing to ensure their supply chains comply with local and international regulations. These include ILO Conventions on freedom of association, the right to organise, and the right to collective bargaining. The UK’s Modern Slavery Act is also relevant here, with sections on transparency in the supply chain, social dumping, and exploitation relating to Non- UK contractors. Paying their employees wages so far below recognised pay structures, and still clawing back costs for accommodation allowance and return travel costs, are exploitative practices we don’t want to see becoming the norm in the UK. The Danish Government must take responsibility for these companies and immediately conduct an investigation into how they are operating in the UK.3,660 of 4,000 SignaturesCreated by Unite GMB