Westminster Labour have been raising concerns for over a week about the Council’s decision to continue requiring construction work on its Housing Regeneration sites.
Labour is concerned that, irrespective of whether construction workers are able to maintain social distancing and other protective measures on the worksite or not, they will have to commute significant distances by bus or by tube which may put them and their families at an avoidable risk. We asked the council to suspend activity at these sites a week ago but only received a reply about what they were doing yesterday that they were sticking rigidly to the national guidelines that allow construction work provided there is social distancing, an approach perhaps more designed for situations where workers commuting by car.
As of Monday 30th March 11 Westminster Council Regeneration sites are continuing to operate, though a number of other projects have closed due to concerns from their contractors. If WCC takes what we believe is the necessary course of action it must work with its contractors to ensure workers continue to be paid or can receive the government furlough payments.
A number of other London boroughs have paused construction work on their own schemes and Westminster Labour believes Westminster Council should do the same.