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AUDIO NEWS: Trades Untied vows to keep campaigning and construction activity increases in May

Posted: Thursday, June 6th, 2024

Trades Untied, the organisation behind Monday’s Stop Tool Theft protest in London has vowed to continue campaigning. 

The ‘go-slow’ protest brought an estimated 300 vans into the nation’s capital to lobby for tougher penalties for convicted tool theft and heavy fines for organisers of car boot sales and markets that sell stolen power tools.

Shoaib Awan from Trades United said: “I won’t stop til we get the outcome that we need. We are the backbone of Britain, and we deserve better!”

Several organisers of car boot sales and markets have already been in touch with Awan saying they will stop selling tools at their events.


Construction activity rose in May for the fourth consecutive month – that according to a survey of construction purchasing managers.

The Construction PMI, compiled by S&P Global saw activity increase across all main categories - housebuilding, commercial and civil engineering - for the first time since May 2022

Business confidence also hit a three-month high as companies hoped for an improved in economic conditions and lower interest rates.


The National Federation of Roofing Contractors is helping a school in Renfrewshire expand its range of construction courses. 

The trade body will provide a grant and other support to Johnstone High School that will enable it to expand its ‘hands on’ teaching and add a Plain Roof Tiling unit to its syllabus.


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