HS2 Ltd and the TUC have signed a framework agreement to maximise economic and labour benefits from the new railway, the first phase of which is due to open in 2026.
The TUC supports the construction of the new railway. It says it recognises that at the peak of construction HS2 will create a 25,000-strong newly skilled workforce, as well as up to 2,000 apprenticeships.
HS2 Ltd and TUC have agreed an ‘initial framework agreement’ that sets out how the partners will discuss issues including employment, development, diversity and inclusion of people working throughout the supply chain. There is also provision for a platform for future work package agreements to be agreed directly between the relevant contractors and unions, with support from HS2 Ltd and the TUC.