Unions set to agree on Olympics’ standards


Trade unions are about to finalise employment standards with the London Olympic Delivery Authorities, it has been reported.

Negotiations between the three main unions – Unite, GMB and Ucatt – and the Olympic Delivery Authority have been ongoing. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed in September 2007 and a source told Personnel Today, a deal is now expected "within weeks".

A spokeswoman for the TUC, which is brokering the deal, told the publication: "Ongoing discussions with the aim of establishing principles of co-operation with the London 2012 authorities are progressing well."

The ODA recently announced its employment and skills strategy and claimed its work "is underpinned by five priority themes: health and safety, sustainability, design and accessibility, equality and diversity, and legacy".

The huge cost of building infrastructure and commercial property to support the Olympics is expected to be recouped once the Games have finished.