GMB Rejects Industrial Agreement Pay Deal For Construction Workers
The CIJC working rule agreement needs to be overhauled and brought into the 21st century instead of being levelled at minimum rates of pay says GMB.
Pay talks between unions and employers for the largest construction industrial agreement have broken up without agreement after GMB, Unite and UCATT rejected a two year deal made by employers. (See notes to editors for previous GMB press releases about the Construction Industry Joint Council).
Construction employers are now seeking a new mandate from their organisations and it is hoped that talks can be reconvened in the next few weeks. The final date for the agreement is Monday 27th June 2016.
Around 500,000 construction workers are affected by The Construction Industry Joint Council Working Rule Agreement.
Phil Whitehurst, GMB said: "The CIJC working rule agreement needs to be overhauled and brought into the 21st century instead of being levelled at minimum rates of pay.
This agreement is by far the lowest paid in the construction sector and employers must realise this and come to the table with realistic increases to secure a two year deal which will give the industry stability.
Only then will trade unions put a realistic final offer from the employers to their members with a recommendation to accept, we have not reached that position yet."
Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of construction union UCATT, said: “The employer’s offer was well below the expectations of the construction workforce. To be worthwhile a multi-year deal must be in the best interests of the industry, the employers and workers. What was being offered did not meet these objectives.”
John Allott, Unite national officer, said: “We are seeking a well-above inflation increase because this particular agreement has been left behind by other construction agreements.
These other national agreements are seeing this one lagging behind. We need an attractive pay offer to attract new young workers into the industry, otherwise the skills shortages and low productivity will continue to hold back this sector. We want a workplace where our members are valued by the employer and rewarded accordingly.”
Contact: Phil Whitehurst on 07968 338810 or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691