Graham ‘forced’ to furlough staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

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As the impact of COVID-19 continues to disrupt the construction industry, Graham, the privately-owned company, has furloughed a significant amount of its staff

Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic, Graham has taken practical steps and implemented the correct measures to ensure the welfare of employees, subcontractors and partners. As a result of the reduction in income, Graham must turn to furlough staff.

In line with the government, public health and industry guidance, Graham have suspended operations across the majority of sites.

Graham has taken measures which aims to protect the long-term sustainability of the business whilst mitigating the impact on staff. These include short-time working and placing a significant amount of its staff on furlough.

A limited number of contracts remain operational, such as those which are classified as of national significance, essential facilities management, or those within the healthcare sector.

Reinforcing safe working procedures

A spokesperson for Graham, said: “We recognise that this is a particularly challenging time for the workers who continue to deliver these vital infrastructure schemes.

“It goes without saying that we are doing everything in our power to enhance the safety of these teams and to mitigate the risk of infection.

“All sites are adhering to social distancing regulations, and daily briefings are being conducted to highlight, and reinforce safe working procedures.

“We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will implement any necessary changes based on the advice provided by the government, public health agencies and industry bodies.

“We would like to express our thanks to our employees, and to all the key workers across the country, who are making such an enormous contribution in these uncertain times.”

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