Employment standards for London Olympics close to being finalised

Trade unions are understood to be close to finalising an agreement with the London Olympics delivery authorities over employment standards at the 2012 Games.

A source close to the negotiations told Personnel Today that a deal could be announced “within weeks”.

It took months for unions to secure an agreement on industrial relations for construction jobs on the Games, with demands for 100% direct employment a major stumbling block.

But a spokeswoman for the TUC, which is brokering the deal, told Personnel Today: “Ongoing discussions with the aim of establishing principles of co-operation with the London 2012 authorities are progressing well.”

The deal is understood to be modelled on the close working relations unions enjoyed with the authorities behind the Sydney Olympics in 2000. The TUC said it would cover equality, skills, procurement and industrial relations. The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games declined to comment on the plans.

Last month, organisers revealed that 200,000 jobs would be created by the event. The Olympic Delivery Authority, responsible for building work on the Games, unveiled its employment and skills strategy, which included a target of 10% of construction jobs to come from the five host boroughs.

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