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Move to 'unionise' profession takes leap forward

The possibility of architecture becoming unionised has moved forward, the AJ has learned.

UCATT - the only trade union devoted to the construction industry - says it has received a positive outcome from a feasibility study commissioned to assess interest in the idea.

Union organisers are now committed to the idea of setting up a new section that will represent the interests of jobbing architects and quantity surveyors.

UCATT's national political organiser, Jim Kennedy, revealed that at the end of last year that he had asked the union's regions to assess the interest from the architectural community.

He said: 'I asked our regional staff to survey the amount of interest out there from architects. And although this research was largely unscientific, there was definitely interest. It is now something we are committed to doing.'

Kennedy added that there were still details that needed to be ironed out.

'We obviously can't just set up a new section straight away - we need to find out if the benefits we offer to our existing members will be enough to attract people in these professions.

'But this is definitely something we are going to be doing,' he added. 'The interest really has been high.

'We even had one architect phone up and say that he wanted to be a rep - he said he would happily be an organiser for architecture.'

by Ed Dorrell

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