On 10th January 2017 Unite published a detailed bulletin to members employed in scaffolding regarding CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme), concerning the introduction of the 2-day CISRS CPD (Continuing Professional Development) course from 1st July 2017.
That bulletin can be viewed by clicking here and its content remains current, whereby members are advised that the cost of the CPD course and associated costs should be met by the employer.
To further reinforce this message and avoid any potential for ambiguity under the NAECI National Agreement, Unite have secured the inclusion of additional wording under NAECI 5.4.3 – Scaffolders Working in the Engineering Construction Industry for our scaffolding membership as follows:
“The renewal of the CISRS card is dependent on operatives completing the two day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Course, effective from 1st July 2017, the direct cost of the course will be met by the employer, along with the applicable wages for the days spent attending the course. Additionally, where indirect costs such as travel to and from the course venue and / or overnight accommodation are incurred, then reasonable expenses shall also be met by the employer.”
The NJC has therefore published NJC Communique 02(17) which details this agreed NAECI Amendment:
Bernard McAulay, Unite National Officer for Construction and NECC Secretary said:
“This is a major step forward for our scaffolding members employed under the NAECI in the Engineering Construction industry, whereby the industry recognises that employers must meet the cost of the CPD course, associated wages, travel and accommodation allowances for attending”.
As stated in the January bulletin, if you experience any difficulty regarding the above, or with NAECI registration of sites, contact your Unite workplace representative or shop steward. In the absence of a representative on site you should contact your Unite regional office for assistance. Regional contact details can be found by clicking here.