City Building (Glasgow): an inspirational model of low energy social housing and public building production
5 February 2019
In the context of a technically driven green construction agenda in Europe, City Building (Glasgow) represents an example of how the active involvement of trade unions ensures inclusive access to work, employment rights and training opportunities alongside measures against climate change and the protection of the environment.
As a not for profit building organisation with a directly employed and highly unionised workforce, an in-house training centre and a large apprenticeship scheme, it also presents an alternative in the context a deregulated labour market, outsourcing of public works, lack of investment in VET, housing shortages and fuel poverty in the UK.
The report is based on findings from an investigation into the role of trade unions in the transition to low energy construction (LEC) in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Scotland/UK. The project was completed as part of the international research programme, Adapting Canadian Work and Workplaces. The key objective was to research the role of workers in the transition to low carbon construction by identifying and examining trade union involvement, whether this takes the form of policies, proposals or practical action.
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