Engineering and construction workers have agreed to a 7.7 per cent pay deal over three years (2013-2015).
The agreement covers 50,000 construction workers and applies to major construction projects across the UK, such as oil and gas, petro-chemical and energy projects.
Bernard McAulay, Unite national officer for construction said:
"The energy bill is a reminder of the massive contribution construction workers will play in delivering a low carbon energy infrastructure which is fit for purpose.
"The construction industry faces challenging times but after detailed and intense negotiations we have reached a deal which improves pay for construction workers and gives the industry confidence and stability for the next three years."
The agreed pay deal includes 10-day bereavement leave and better terms for redundancy, travel and lodging allowances. The unions and the employers have also agreed to set up a working party to look at improving sick pay.
Unite is signed up to The National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) which has operated since 1981. It sets comprehensive terms and conditions of employment for engineering construction workers. Unite is the biggest union in engineering and construction.
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Unite is Britain, Ireland’s and Gibraltar's largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.