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GMB Rejects Construction Pay Offer

Thursday, March 10, 2016

GMB Rejects 3.5% Pay Increase Over 2 Years For Construction Industry Joint Council Agreement

The CIJC working rule agreement is by far the worst paying in the UK construction industry and these employers have now taken that to a pitiful race to the bottom says GMB.

GMB, the union for construction workers with Unite and UCATT, has rejected a pay offer for members operating under the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement.

On Wednesday 9th March, pay talks were held covering pay and conditions of around 500,000 workers resulting in employers offering a derisory increase of 3.5% spread over two years.

GMB consider that the construction industry employers should put forward rates of pay in the national working rule agreement that bear some links to rates of pay actually offered and paid by these employers on sites across the UK.

Employers at the talks ruled out the possibility of paying workers in the capital the London Living Wage. The lowest paid workers in the agreement are paid almost a pound per hour below the level suggested by the Living Wage Foundation for workers London.

Phil Whitehurst, GMB national officer, said "The unacceptable two year deal of 3.5% overall has been unanimously rejected by GMB, Unite and UCATT and makes the Trade Union side wonder if this group of employers really want this agreement at all.

In terms of remuneration, the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) working rule agreement is by far the worst agreement in the UK construction industry and these employers have now taken that to a pitiful race to the bottom.

After many years of low pay rises and pay freezes, the Office for National Statistics Average Weekly Earnings dataset shows a rise in construction earnings of around 6% for the year to September 2015, we request the employers come back with some realistic figures at our next meeting on 22nd March"

John Allott, Unite national officer, said: “The employers need to get real over this insulting pay offer which falls well short of the expectations of our members. The pittance on offer is out of kilter with the rest of the construction industry and fails to recognise the sacrifices workers made during the tough times. The employers need to stop using the agreement as a minimum and get the agreement into the 21st century. A failure to make the agreement relevant and attractive to highly skilled construction workers could see people desert the industry and much needed young apprentices choose a different career.”

Brian Rye, acting UCATT General Secretary, said: “To describe the union’s position as bitterly disappointed would be an understatement. This offer was spiteful and pathetic in its meanness. Union negotiators believe that the employers are effectively trying to undermine the agreement and that unless a realistic offer is made there is little point in holding further negotiations.”


Contact: Phil on 07968 338810  or GMB press office on 07970 863411 or 07739 182691

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