GMB, the union for construction workers, has issued a stark warning after PMI figures for orders in the UK construction for September showed the industry facing a ‘torrid time’.
The new data for September recorded a historically steep drop in new orders, while firms trimmed employment at the fastest rate since the end of 2010 due to unfavourable demand, client hesitancy and low confidence.
Blaming Tory Brexit chaos and the absence of a proper industrial strategy, the union called on Ministers to stop pretending the UK can crash out of the EU without a deal this month and start putting plans in place to safeguard our jobs and industries.
Jude Brimble, GMB National Secretary for Manufacturing said: “Today’s figures show that outside of the big publicly funded projects the UK construction industry is facing a torrid time as confidence has collapsed among a significant number of businesses and customers.
“Jobs in the construction are being lost at the fastest rate since 2010 and Government ministers are doing nothing to rectify the situation.
“Construction workers’ jobs are the latest casualty of Tory Brexit chaos and the absence of a proper industrial strategy only makes things worse.
“Ministers need to stop pretending the UK can crash out of the EU without a deal this month and start putting plans in place to safeguard our jobs and industries.”