Carillion and Mace leaders among 197 backing ‘EU Remain’

Leaders at two of the UK’s biggest contractors have put their names to a letter calling on the British public to vote to stay in the European Union.

Carillion chairman Philip Green and Mace chief executive Mark Reynolds were among the 197 business leaders signing a letter to The Times claiming the UK would be better off staying in the EU.

Canary Wharf Group chief executive George Iacobescu and Hutchison Whampoa deputy chairman Christian Salbaing also signed the letter .

In the letter, business leaders from more than a third of firms in the FTSE 100 warned that leaving the EU would put the “economy at risk”.

They wrote: “Business needs unrestricted access to the European market of 500m people in order to continue to grow, invest and create jobs.

 “We believe that leaving the EU would deter investment and threaten jobs. It would put the economy at risk.”

The letter was written as campaigning on the EU referendum began in earnest this week ahead of a vote on 23 June.

Senior cabinet members Michael Gove and Ian Duncan-Smith, as well as London mayor Boris Johnson, have already thrown their weight behind the ‘leave’ campaign, following the prime minister’s renegotiation of the terms of Britain’s EU membership.

Commenting on the deal, the business leaders wrote: “Following the prime minister’s renegotiation, we believe that Britain is better off staying in a reformed European Union.

“He has secured a commitment from the EU to reduce the burden of regulation, deepen the single market and to sign off crucial international trade deals.”

Other notable signatories on the list were Arup chairman Greg Hodkinson, Atkins chief executive Uwe Kruger and British Land chief executive Chris Grigg.

Source: Construction News



CITB Revokes Thousands of CSCS Cards

Thousands of construction workers have had their CSCS cards revoked following an investigation into card fraud at five test centres.

A total of 4,615 cards have been taken away by the CITB as part of an ongoing probe after the BBC’sNewsnight revealed in October that workers were paying cash to fraudulently pass CSCS tests.

Following the investigation, more than 6,000 candidates who had completed their health, safety and environment test and more than 2,000 people who had completed the site safety plus certificate were required to retake their test.

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme wrote to all the affected cardholders in November to tell them they needed to retake their tests.

They were given until 20 December to register or risk cancellation of their CSCS card.

Of those affected, a total of 5,480 did not register to retake their test and as a result their test result is now void. Of those individuals who have already used their test result to obtain a card, 4,615 cards have been revoked.

The 553 remaining candidates have until the 14 February to pass their tests before their cards are also revoked.

CSCS chief executive Graham Wren said: “We take assurance that CITB’s in-depth analysis was accurate.

“While we accept that some people have been inconvenienced, we have kept this to a minimum and removed unsafe cards from circulation.

“We are urging employers to check the validity of all cards by either electronically reading the CSCS SmartCard or by using ‘Card Checker’ via the CITB website, to make sure that invalid cards are not permitted on site.”

He added: “While the number of people suspected of fraudulent activity is relatively small, compared to the 400,000 cards issued each year, this type of behaviour has the potential to undermine legitimate employees and harm the reputation of the industry.

“It is important employers are able to trust the training and qualification providers as well as the card certification schemes carrying the CSCS logo.”

Source: Construction News