Balfour agrees North West highways umbrella company ban

Aaron Morby 2 months ago
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Balfour Beatty has struck a deal with union Unite to ban the use of umbrella companies on a major highways contract in the North West of England.

Balfour Beatty’s joint venture with Mott MacDonald has held the Area 10 region since 2012.

Balfour Beatty manages the Area 10 highways contract, which covers motorways and major roads in Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

As part of the deal Balfour will also permanently employ any agency worker who has been on the project for at least three months.

Now union Unite is pledging to fight to retain the umbrella company ban when Area 10 is rebid next year.

Union regional co-ordinating officer Andy Fisher said: “Unite will not only be ensuring that the agreements on umbrella companies and agency labour is extended to whoever inherits the Area 10 contract but extends these commitments to other similar contracts.”

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