Construction and Trades Organising Initiative

The construction and trades sector has experienced many difficulties over the last decade including a significant loss of job opportunities, huge numbers of young construction workers either emigrating, reskilling or looking for other opportunities outside the sector.

This has resulted in a lack of investment in apprenticeships, reduced choices for young people and a real shortage of qualified workers in the country, which has massive implications not only for the economy but also in terms of earning capacity and a range of health and safety issues for workers.

The project group identified early on the necessity of having a dedicated construction and trades group to focus on rebuilding the sector to offer more and better opportunities not only for the current generation of skilled crafts workers but future workers too. 

The group represents five trade unions operating in the Cork area and has scheduled a shop stewards meeting for February 3rd 2016 to discuss a range of issues of concern.  The current priorities for the group includes procurement,  lack of apprenticeships and compliance issues leading to erosion of the hard fought terms and conditions of employment in this sector. The group also plan to raise awareness of such issues with relevant public bodies who are in a position to award such contracts to ensure they are not complicit in breaching employment rights.

Plans are in underway to hold meetings within local communities affected by the collapse in the construction sector and to learn how the ONE Cork project can assist with these and other issues affecting workers in our local communities.

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If you have any queries or concerns directly relating to your working life, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at  and we can point you in the right direction.

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