Today Chuka Umunna, shadow Business Secretary and Emma Reynolds, shadow Housing Minister, met with women from with the construction industry in London. They were keen to listen to their concerns and hear how we promote women in the construction industry.
The big issue was of course how we get building the homes London needs, from finding sites to build in London to ensuring there is decent social housing for those in need.
We will make sure that at least 200,000 homes a year get built by 2020 – almost double the current level – by implementing the recommendations of the Lyons Review. It is only by building more homes that people’s aspiration for home ownership will be fulfilled. Our comprehensive plan to tackle the housing crisis will give local communities new powers to provide the homes they need, in the places they want to live.
We want a housing market that rewards the building of high quality homes rather than land banking and speculation. So we will introduce greater transparency in the land market and give local authorities new ‘use it or lose it’ powers to encourage developers to build.
Emma and Chukka also heard about the discrimination that women still suffer from in the workplace – especially in traditional male dominated fields like construction.
The next Labour Government will go further in reducing discrimination against women, requiring large companies to publish their gender pay gap and strengthening the law against maternity discrimination. Where there is evidence more progress is needed, we will enforce the relevant provisions within the Equality Act.
The Equality Act was brought in by a Labour Government in 2010.
Finally there was a strong feeling that apprenticeships were key to the future generation of women in construction
We will create more paths to success for our young people by introducing a gold-standard system of technical education and training, and the guarantee of an apprenticeship for every school leaver with the grades.
Every firm getting a major government contract, and every large employer hiring skilled workers from outside the EU, will be required to offer apprenticeships.
Today Chuka Umunna, shadow Business Secretary and Emma Reynolds, shadow Housing Minister, met with women from with the construction industry in London. They were keen to listen to their concerns...