BRITAIN’S biggest trade union Unite demanded yesterday an urgent radical overhaul of building regulations following the Grenfell Tower fire.
Unite, which merged with construction union Ucatt earlier this year, said the overhaul should place safety before profit at its core, ban the use of flammable materials in buildings and include installation of sprinklers in new social housing and public buildings.
It also demanded “retrofitting of sprinklers in existing buildings at the earliest possible opportunity.”
Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay said: “Unite has repeatedly warned that attacks on safety laws and the weakening of the building regulations could have catastrophic consequences.
“Sadly those concerns have been shown to be entirely correct. “We call on all politicians of all parties to take responsibility and act in the best interests of the industry, workforce, tenants and the public.”
He said: “Rather than a knee-jerk reaction to cutting red tape we should be educating people to understand that properly enforced laws and building regulations are essential to ensuring safety.”