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Engineering construction workers accept three year pay deal

Engineering construction workers accept three year pay deal

02 November 2015
Engineering construction workers have agreed to a 6 per cent pay deal over three years (2016-2018). The membership of both unions Unite and GMB, voted 66.8 per cent to accept the deal which begins from 4 January 2016.

The national agreement (see notes for details) covers 8600 engineering construction workers and applies to major engineering construction projects across the UK, such as oil and gas, petro-chemical and energy projects. The members are employed under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).

Bernard McAulay Unite national officer and secretary of the National Engineering Construction Committee said: “The talks have been challenging in an extremely difficult economic climate. This three year settlement shows the commitment of the signatory parties to continue to uphold the founding principles and values of direct employment under the terms and conditions of the national agreement.

“This agreement is essential in delivering the next generation of low carbon energy projects across the UK, which are crucial in facilitating the transition of the country’s existing energy source to a low carbon economy by 2030, whilst providing employment opportunities for the next generation of highly skilled engineering construction workers.”

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For further information contact Ashraf Choudhury in the Unite Press Office on 020 3371 2061 or 07980 224761.

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

Notes to editors

The agreement also provides for:
•    Increases to all hourly rates of pay and travel and accommodation allowances on a yearly basis.
•    Paid inductions at the appropriate weekend rate of pay.
•    A new clause covering free tools for our 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.