UCATT in crisis as leader goes on sick leave

Grant Prior 9 years ago
Share

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy is understood to have offered his resignation as a financial crisis engulfs the union.

The Enquirer understands that Murphy tendered his resignation yesterday.

But members of the UCATT executive council are understood to have persuaded Murphy to take a month off on sick-leave instead.

A UCATT spokesperson said: “Steve Murphy is currently on sick leave”.

The latest blow comes as the union is facing a major redundancy programme in a bid to save money.

One union expert said: “UCATT is in crisis and this is just the latest blow.

“It has been spending more money that it has been getting in for some time now and the whole situation is now coming to a head.”

The Enquirer understands that UCATT still has around £5m in investments

But it has debts of around £3.5m and the current account is showing outgoings far outweighing income.

Another union source said: “The whole movement in construction is a bit of a shambles at the moment but UCATT is in real trouble.

“It’s amazing to think they are in this sort of state at a time when construction is booming again.”

 

Latest news

Ray O’Rourke to step down as chief executive next week

Son Cathal O’Rourke to head the Laing O'Rourke Group as new CEO
56 mins ago

Multiplex starts London 36-storey ‘hanging gardens’ tower

Piling starts on Square Mile's £400m 50 Fenchurch Street tower
9 hours ago

Birmingham to pick five firms for £265m homes retrofit plan

Firms to be charged annual fee to cover Council cost of promoting energy efficiency
10 hours ago

Arup and Binnies to design Abingdon reservoir

Embankment trial will help consultants to draw up £1.5bn reservoir design
11 hours ago

Subdued market sees profit warning from SIG

Insulation and building products supplier pushes back timing for market turnaround
11 hours ago

Developer CLS to advance major new Vauxhall scheme

Citadel Place scheme will consist of 400 student rooms and 200 flats
10 hours ago

Tarmac trials electric tipper truck

Pioneering EV tipper being put through its paces
10 hours ago

Changing of the guard at HBF

Long-standing Chief Executive Stewart Baseley steps back to become chairman
9 hours ago

Early bond release key to averting industry surety crisis

Contractors must put pressure on clients to release bonds promptly
3 days ago

Over 1000 building safety cladding retrofits completed

25% of safety retrofits finished seven years after Grenfell disaster
3 days ago

Steel import delays make Rangers miss kick-off

Construction work at Ibrox will not be finished by start of next season
4 days ago

Lidl looking for new contractors for store building plans

Sign up for events in Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Southampton
3 days ago

Utility firm GTC revs up for ground source heat pump era

Contractor and heat pump maker strikes ground-breaking deal
3 days ago

Amey switches kit supplier to Speedy from HSS

New plant and equipment hire deal worth £25m a year
4 days ago

Clients under spotlight after bond bombshell

Contractors call for action to avoid project delays
4 days ago

M&E specialist Lorne Stewart falls into the red

Parent group suffers £2.8m loss in face of cost inflation and insolvencies
4 days ago

Four men rushed to hospital after site accident

Eye-witnesses report a wall was knocked over on Edinburgh site
5 days ago

World’s tallest scissor lift set for UK sites

Hire Safe Solutions partners with Dingli to supply lift with working height of 37 metres
4 days ago

Barhale wins £36m East London sewer remediation

Northern Outfall Sewer in West Ham runs above railway lines in the city
4 days ago

Weston Homes thumbs-up for £220m Essex homes scheme

Colchester 600-home Viridis scheme gains outline consent
4 days ago

Balfour seals £192m deal for trio of Scottish substations

Work to start this summer to enhance electrical transmission in Argyll
5 days ago

Construction bond bombshell as major player quits market

QBE currently provides cover for 20 of the industry's 30 biggest contractors
5 days ago

United Utilities names another 18 winners for £2.7bn water spend

Water giant cuts out large management contractors in latest spending round
6 days ago

Green light for £130m Dundee Eden project

Former gasholder site to be transformed into green house
5 days ago

Four tower scheme in Glasgow gets green light

Go-ahead for major mixed-use scheme at Central Quay
5 days ago

‘Green collar’ construction workers earning £134,000

Cost consultant T&T says insulation and heat pump trades earning £70 an hour in London
5 days ago

£65m Trafford Waters resi blocks approved

X1 Developments plans over 200 homes in 13- and 8-storey blocks
5 days ago

Over 100 firms win £1.5bn ICN housing framework

Great Places Housing Group names key partners for new homes programme
6 days ago

Steelwork firm went down owing £4.5m to suppliers

Subcontractors left holding unpaid invoices from SH Structures
6 days ago

Scottish civils firm to buy stake in piling specialist

Advance Construction in talks for 25% stake in Northern Piling Ltd
6 days ago

Contractor services