Worker hits out after Sheffield Moor builders ‘bussed in’

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A JOBLESS building worker has criticised the use of contractors bused in from Birmingham to help revamp The Moor shopping street.

David Jones has complained to the city council and also emailed MPs David Blunkett and Paul Blomfield.

In an email sent, he said: “I write this message out of pure frustration at the situation I have just been made aware of regarding the redevelopment of The Moor and the contractors who have been employed to work on it.

“As I have a slinger and banksman ticket I thought there would be ample employment for me on this project so I went to the site only to be turned away.

“On speaking to two of the contractors, I was told that they had been brought in from Birmingham and that all the crew were also from Birmingham and they were being brought into Sheffield by bus, which was being paid for by the company.”

A Sheffield Council spokesman said: “In this instance the actual main contractors are Bowmer and Kirkland, for the new market, and North Midland for public realm improvements. They are responsible for sub-contracting and we are working closely with them to maximise local training, work placement and apprenticeship opportunities wherever possible.”

A spokesman for Bowmer and Kirkland said: “The majority of our supply chain are from Sheffield and surrounding areas. One is based in Birmingham. Our policy is to employ local companies, wherever possible, providing they are competitive.”

North Midland said ‘the majority’ of its workers are from Sheffield.