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UCATT calls for CIJC reform…

Union threatens breakaway national wage agreement.

UCATT delegates at their National Delegate Conference have unanimously passed a motion calling for the radical overhaul of the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement, the largest agreement in the construction industry agreement.

The decision came on the same day that it emerged that the current CIJC pay talks have stalled. The employers latest multi-year offer was considered to include an insignificant increase in the second year. UCATT and the other construction unions are now seeking fresh talks ahead of next month’s pay date.

The motion that was passed stated: “Conference believes it is the fundamental right of all construction workers to receive a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and that this should reflect their skills’ efforts and working conditions.

“Our members are treated as second class citizens compared to those working under other agreements. Examples of this are less subsistence allowance, less sick pay, less travelling allowance and less holiday entitlement.”

Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary, said: “UCATT are now crystal clear that they will not accept the worst pay and conditions of any industrial agreement in the construction industry. Those principles apply to the current negotiations and future negotiations.”

The far reaching motion also stats that if CIJC employers are unwilling to significantly improve the agreement and ensure that it extends to construction supply chains, the union will seek to create a new national agreement with major employers.

The motion, said: “Conference instructs the Executive Council to seek talks with representatives of major contractors involved in the private sector building and civil engineering industry. The purpose of such talks being to establish a new agreement, covering building and civil engineering workers on private sector construction sites. An agreement must establish of pay compatible to other agreements currently operating on such sites.”

Mr Rye, added: “If the CIJC employers are unable or unwilling to radically overhaul the agreement then we will begin the process of establishing an agreement which represents the needs of construction workers.”

The most recent CIJC pay offer was 2.5% in June 2016, 2.75% in June 2017 and an additional day’s holiday from January 2018. 

Video – Hospital falls to Brazilian beat…

Fabio Bruno adds another successful implosion to its portfolio.

On Sunday last week, Fabio Bruno Construcoes imploded the Oliverio Kraemer Hospital. The building was located less than 40 metres from the neighbouring Albert Schweitzer Hospital which had more than 800 people – including patients, doctors and nursing staff inside.

“We used electronic detonators to minimise air blast and vibration. We created a huge protection against dust with a metallic curtain working together with 2 dust suppressors. We put music inside all the floors of the hospital, to minimize the sound difference at the implosion moment and we placed a huge protection in one side of the hospital to prevent dust escaping.”

Carlton Tavern inquiry underway…

Public inquiry into pub demolition starts in London.

A public inquiry into the shock demolition of a historic pub in Kilburn begins today.

The hearing, led by a government planning inspector, will decide if the Carlton Tavern in Carlton Vale, should be rebuilt ‘brick by brick’ after it was reduced to rubble last April.

In opening arguments, Cllr Jan Prenderghast from Westminster Council said this was “flagrant vandalism with no respect for local community.”

The pub, which dates back to 1920 and survived the Blitz, was due to be given a Grade II listing by Historic England when its owners CLTX knocked it down after it was refused permission by Westminster Council to develop the site.

CLTX, which is based in Israel and owned by Ori Calif, had sought to replace the pub with a bar and a block of flats.

In May last year, Westminster Council ordered CLTX to rebuild the pub ‘brick by brick’ within 18 months or face the courts.

Read more here.

Video – Gilpin blows bridge…

Controlled blast fells Plympton’s Merafield Bridge.

On a weekend in which postponements were the order of the day in the UK’s explosive demolition sector, Gilpin Demolition managed to evade delays, carrying out the controlled implosion of the Merafield Bridge in Plympton during the early hours of Sunday morning.

The demolition marks the final stage of a £6.3 million maintenance project on the A38.

Video – Parking garage falls like dominoes…

Video captures domino effect at Vegas’ Riviera parking garage.

Demolition crews will be hoping that the Riviera Hotel and Casino complex in Las Vegas – scheduled for demolition – will put up the same amount of resistance as the parking garage located next door.

As this video shows, the parking garage toppled – appropriately – like a house of cards.

Video – Floyd Casey Stadium falls…

Explosive blast fells what remains of Waco sporting arena.

Explosives have brought down what was left of the former longtime home of Baylor University football in Waco, Texas.

Floyd Casey Stadium was imploded yesterday in a demolition that took a matter of seconds on an overcast day in Waco.

Floyd Casey Stadium had been home to Baylor football since 1950.

The city of Waco plans to acquire the site after the debris is cleared and an environmental assessment is done.

Video – Hillhead Highlights #1

Exclusive look ahead at just some of the kit that will be on show at the show.

In recent years, the Hillhead show has evolved from a pure quarry equipment show to an exhibition that encompasses demolition, recycling and even construction.

With that in mind, we are looking ahead to the show in this exclusive video show. Keep watching next week for the next edition:

Video – Demolition double-quick…

Time-lapse video captures entire demolition process in just a few minutes.

Fresh from the heart of Manitoba comes this great new video featuring Winnipeg Demolition and some high-speed time-lapse video that seamlessly condenses 27,000 images into a great film that covers the entire demolition process from high reach beginning recycling end:

Building Demolition Time Lapse from Lucas Adcock on Vimeo.

Video – The ultimate photo bomb…

Bus makes starring role in explosive film.

Picture the scene. A 24-storey tower block in your neighbourhood is about to be imploded. You have a video camera and your dreams of becoming an overnight YouTube sensation are so close you can touch them.

You get up bright and early to get yourself the best possible vantage point. You are focused on the action and you are ready to roll.

There is a warning blast and then this happens:

Video – Business as usual…

Dem-Master and Safedem combo completes another text book blast.

A joint venture between Dem-Master and Safedem has pulled off another text book tower block implosion, felling the 24-storey Norfolk Court in Scotland yesterday morning.

Following in the wake of several recent explosive demolition stand-ups, the eyes of the demolition and media worlds were focused on the Gorbals yesterday. But those seeking to vilify the demolition sector for another “botched blast” were to be bitterly disappointed.

Norfolk Court was built in the 1970s and was once home to more than 270 families. Three of four blocks on the site were brought down in the last 10 years with nearly 800 tenants rehoused during that time.

Demolition of the last high rise will allow the £24 million housing development by New Gorbals Housing Association to go ahead.

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