GMB Union pledges commitment to more diverse workforce
A construction union has warned it will take almost 200 years to achieve gender equality in the construction industry at the current rate after new figures revealed just one in eight construction workers are women.
The figures are based on GMB analysis of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Force Survey, which also revealed that in the fourth quarter of last year just 5.4% of construction workers were BAME.
The statistics emerge as GMB Union launches its ‘Building for Britain’ charter.
Jude Brimble, GMB national secretary, said: “The construction industry is facing a massive inequality challenge. GMB is committed to building a more diverse workforce that is sustainable for the future.
“The sector also faces huge problems in health and safety, while the spectre of bogus self-employment is never far away.
“That’s why we are launching our Building for Britain pledge today - to tackle these issues and make the construction industry and safer, more inclusive place to work.”