Jim McGovern calls for Dundee Waterfront Development meeting on use of local labour

16 February 2013 

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern has written to Dundee City Council and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd to call for a joint meeting to discuss the use of locally employed workers at the Dundee Waterfront Development.

Mr McGovern raised the issue with the council and the construction company after constituents contacted the MP concerned that too few Dundee workers were being employed on the project.

Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd. has since written Mr McGovern to inform him that they believe 85% of the workforce on the site live in Dundee, while Dundee City Council in a letter from David Dorward have said the figure is closer to 80%.

Mr McGovern has asked to visit the site to meet with the workforce, trade union representatives as well as representatives from Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd., their contractors and Dundee City Council in order to discuss any on-going concerns about the project and to substantiate the workforce figures that have so far been provided.

Jim McGovern said,

“It is vitally important that the major construction projects underway in Dundee employ local workers and provide employment to those within the city.”

“The construction industry in Dundee has been badly hit in the last few years and unemployment remains stubbornly high. Now these large projects have began it is crucial that we ensure that it is the city’s workforce that benefits.”

Mr McGovern concluded,

“The very real concerns raised to me by my constituents must be taken seriously, and that is why I think it is important that a meeting and a site visit takes place in order to substantiate the figures I have given and to hear directly from the workforce.”


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