Clearview South August 2013 - Issue 141 - Page 67

BUSINESS Surveyors see start of construction recovery The latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) construction market survey shows an industry finally turning a corner with new projects beginning to rise in almost every part of the country. During the second quarter of the year a net balance of 21% more surveyors reported rises in workloads – the most positive reading in over six years. The positive mood is set to strengthen over the coming twelve months with 59% more surveyors predicting workloads continuing to rise rather than fall. Construction activity saw the biggest rise in London, the South East and the Midlands with Northern Ireland the poorest performing region. Simon Rubinsohn, RICS Chief Economist, said: “It is clearly good news that the amount of construction taking place across the country seems Intervention in blacklisting scandal Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has welcomed the Scottish Affairs committee’s request to business secretary Vince Cable to undertake an investigation into blacklisting as promised to parliament. Unite congratulates the Scottish Affairs committee for not turning its face away from Unite’s compelling evidence that blacklisting is a contemporary practice in the UK’s construction industry. The committee’s decision to request that the business secretary undertakes a thorough investigation is a result of evidence given by Unite and will give hope to many thousands of construction workers who have suffered blacklisting at the hands of unrepentant employers. Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “The Scottish Affairs committee is doing fantastic work to uncover injustices being perpetrated against workers who only wanted to support their fellow colleagues at work or who raised health and safety concerns ‘The positive mood is set to strengthen over the coming twelve months’ to have turned a corner. “But this modest improvement comes after a long period of contraction and many businesses in the sector are still struggling to keep their heads above