Among workers hired to build the £2.6bn Beatrice offshore windfarm in Scotland are unregulated migrants paid a fraction of the UK minimum wage, the Guardian can reveal.
Offshore windfarming is one of the UK’s biggest growth industries, hailed by both the Conservatives and Labour as a priority for investment that will create thousands of jobs while also producing clean energy.
Yet the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) and the Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers’ union (RMT) have warned that the use of cheap foreign labour instead of local workers is a growing problem in subcontracting chains in the sector. They have accused the government of failing to protect workers.
I know there’s a joke in here somewhere…