Good conditions and pay according to collective agreements on the region’s building sites are the goals for a new common agreement between the Capital Region of Denmark and BAT.
On Tuesday, 12 September, the Executive Committee of the Regional Council was briefed about the agreement, which will help ensure compliance with the social clauses on working conditions decided by the Capital Region of Denmark.
“People working on our building sites should be able to expect good pay and working conditions. Therefore, we’ve set up this agreement which allows BAT to assess conditions on the region’s building sites,” said the Chairman of the Regional Council, Sophie Hæstorp Andersen (Social Democrats).
The Capital Region of Denmark is currently investing almost DKK 20 bn. in building and modernising hospitals in the region. The building projects will provide patients with even better treatment and establish new and more modern frameworks for the hospitals of the future.
Sophie Hæstorp Andersen stresses that the region is very aware of its responsibilities as a public-sector contractor.
“As a public-sector contractor for major hospital construction projects, we have an important responsibility. Therefore, we’ve adopted social clauses and accepted chain-of-responsibility to ensure good pay and employment conditions. This is very important because taxpayers’ money should not go to underpaid foreign labour,” she said.
BAT is very pleased with the agreement as it allows free and easy access to all of the region’s building sites.
“We’re very happy with this agreement as it ensures that construction unions have access to the region’s building sites. We have extensive experience with sample checks in connection with social dumping and health and safety at work, and the agreement means that we can visit building sites and check that conditions of competition are not being compromised in either the health and safety area or with pay and working hours,” explained Freddy Ridderhaugen, Chairman of the building site patrol under BAT.
- The Capital Region of Denmark is currently investing almost DKK 20 bn. in building and modernising hospitals in the region.
- The Regional Council has decided to impose requirements in construction contracts to employ apprentices and people in work placement.
- The cooperation agreement between the Capital Region of Denmark and BAT gives BAT easy access to all of the region’s building sites by contacting the project manager for the relevant construction project.
- The agreement entails quarterly meetings between BAT and the Centre for Real Estate at the Capital Region of Denmark to address observations made by BAT on all building sites. Project managers will also take part in the meetings.
- Social clauses mean that public authorities impose requirements for good pay and working conditions when they enter into contracts with private firms.
- Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, Chairman of the Regional Council, through the press office at the Capital Region of Denmark: tel: +45 70 20 95 88 or mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.