ABOUT 60 contract workers from overseas are likely to be living in hotels while they work on building the new
£100 million incinerator at La Collette.
And the Island’s biggest trade union has questioned whether enough is being done to protect the jobs of local workers after learning that accommodation was being sought for so many contractors.
However, the consortium that is going to build the giant structure has not yet applied for job licences under the Regulation of Undertakings Laws. And the Economic Development Minister, Alan Maclean, has vowed that there will be tough scrutiny of the application when it is received to ensure that as many jobs as possible are made available to Islanders.
The news follows reports late last year that the Jersey Hospitality Association had been asked to spread the word among its members that accommodation was needed for 350 workers who were being brought to the Island to construct the Esplanade Quarter development on the Waterfront. That news led to the creation of the Save Jersey Builders Facebook page, which now has more than 650 members.
The local company that is part of a consortium selected to build the huge new energy-from-waste facility says that it always employs locally when possible. However, Rob Matthews of Camerons said that there was a great deal of specialist work that needed to be done.
• Picture: Work on the £98 million new incinerator is scheduled to take 30 months