CONSTRUCTION union Ucatt demanded yesterday that Labour-controlled Leeds City Council step in after a contractor on a flagship project slashed break times.
Construction firm Bam Nuttall has been employed on building flood defences in Leeds, which was badly hit in last year’s Boxing Day floods.
The sweltering weather is causing problems of dehydration and fatigue for building workers out in the open.
But Ucatt says the company has responded by cutting 10 minutes from the workers’ one-hour lunch break.
Ucatt regional secretary Rob Morris said: “Construction workers need decent breaks in order to recover and refuel after undertaking strenuous work. If they are denied decent breaks, tiredness and fatigue kicks in and accidents are more likely.
“Bam Nuttall should be providing extra breaks, not cutting the existing ones.
“Leeds council, as the client, needs to step in and ensure workers receive the breaks they deserve.”