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To: Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and Leeds City Council
Community opportunities not just waste at Skelton Grange
We're calling on Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) and Leeds City Council to honour their commitment that the construction of the Skelton Grange Waste to Energy plant be under the recognised NAECI agreement. They should get around the table and negotiate in good faith with Unite and GMB trade unions, so the project can provide local jobs and good training with secure terms and conditions of work.
Why is this important?
The new Waste to Energy plant planned at Skelton Grange could be a chance to bring hundreds of good, skilled jobs to the Leeds area. The £250m build project will have a huge impact when finished, powering 100,000 local homes.
We need to ensure that terms and conditions are protected and enhanced, so we can bring everyone with us as we transition to a greener future – sustainability and development at the same time. We want an end to undercutting on pay and conditions, which harms our communities and creates resentment rather than collaboration.
The National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) is comprehensive set of terms and conditions of employment for hourly-paid engineering construction workers on major projects across the UK. It’s a nationally agreed standard for good work in construction, and it’s a way to make sure that new projects meet their responsibilities.
We think the NAECI agreement should be the baseline for everyone working on the build of the Skelton Grange Waste to Energy plant. It’s a commitment to the community that was proposed early on, but we are worried HZI and Leeds City Council will try to quietly drop this important safeguard if we don’t raise the pressure on it now.
Join us and demand HZI and Leeds City Council get round the table with the unions Unite and GMB and agree to establishing NAECI standards across the site.