Länsimetro Oy requested excavation contractors for an extra report on compliance with agreements at their worksites. At the moment, there are 454 employees working on the various contracts. Länsimetro has a contractual relationship with excavation contractors, who in turn have signed agreements with their respective subcontractors. There are 19 transport operators as subcontractors.
The extra report revealed two unclear cases of wage payment, both from March of this year. These cases involved an employment relationship dispute. According to our information, the transport operator and the Transport Workers’ Union AKT are in negotiations concerning these two cases. All current subcontractors are in compliance with the relevant collective agreement.
The contracting agreements require contractors to comply fully with their corporate social responsibility and to ensure that their subcontractors do so too. Specifically, contractors are obliged to ensure that their subcontractors comply with the relevant collective agreement.
“We ensure compliance with statutory requirements whenever we sign an agreement for a contract,” says Matti Kokkinen, CEO of Länsimetro. “We also monitor compliance with these requirements regularly in the course of the work. We have decided to increase the immediate penalty for breach of agreement to EUR 5,000. Länsimetro will not condone the use of shadow labour at its worksites.”
On 24 August, Länsimetro requested its contractors to return an extra report in response to the public allegations of the use of shadow labour at its worksites. Compliance with corporate social responsibility is monitored at the monthly worksite meetings as a matter of routine.
Länsimetro, CEO Matti Kokkinen, tel. 050 347 1558
Länsimetro Oy is a company jointly owned by the Cities of Espoo and Helsinki, tasked with building the West Metro line from Ruoholahti to Matinkylä. The company was set up in 2007. The Länsimetro offices are situated in Tapiola, Espoo.