GMB Members In Engineering Construction Industry Vote To Accept Three Year Pay Deal
This deal for 6% over three year will bring financial stability to the industry and should help to attract investment in much needed infrastructure projects in the UK says GMB
GMB members in the engineering construction have voted to accept a 6 per cent pay rise over three years from Jan 2016. Members of GMB and Unite, employed under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI), voted by 66.8 per cent to accept the deal.
The three year deal commences on Monday 4th January 2016. From that date the base rate, overtime, lodge and travel increment rise for all workers by 1.5%. The increase is 2% in January 2017 and 2.5% in January 2018. The deal runs to start January 2019.
The agreement also provides for:
• Paid inductions at the appropriate weekend rate of pay.
• A new clause covering free tools for Thermal Insulation members.
• Consolidation of 30 pence per hour bonus into the hourly rate from 4 January 2016.
• A new supplementary payment clause for future Nuclear New Build projects which will increase earnings.
• A new clause that provides for non-UK workers to be paid the full terms and conditions of the National Agreement through a UK payroll provider thereby circumventing non-UK companies from exploiting their employees.
• An industry working party to review moving between grades and to report back within three months.
The national agreement covers engineering construction workers and applies to major engineering construction projects across the UK such as power stations and oil, gas and petro-chemical projects.
Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer, said “This is a good deal in a very troubled economic climate for our members working in Engineering Construction under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).
It is the outcome of 10 months of very hard negotiations with representatives from the Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECIA). The final offer from the employers was conveyed to the National Stewards Forum on 20th October 2015 with a recommendation from the National Engineering Construction Committee (NECC) negotiating team to accept. This recommendation was unanimously endorsed by all the national stewards present.
The shop stewards then accordingly convened meetings and balloted members on the sites. There is a return of 66.8% in favour of acceptance, 32.85% in favour of rejection, with 0.35% abstentions. The employers have been notified of the ballot result.
This deal represents 6% over its three year life span commencing from Monday January 4th 2016. It will bring financial stability to the industry and should help to attract investment in much needed infrastructure projects in the UK”.
Contact: Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.