Unite welcome excellent long-term plumbing pay deal

Unite welcomes excellent long-term plumbing pay deal

10 August 2017

Following lengthy negotiations with employer representatives from the plumbing industry, Unite, the UK’s largest construction union, has secured a three year pay deal for plumbers employed under the Joint Industry Board (JIB) plumbing national agreement.

Workers in England and Wales covered by the agreement will receive an overall 8.4 per cent increase on pay over the lifetime of the three year pay deal. Workers will also receive, two days additional holiday, increases in allowances which match increases in basic pay and a 20 per cent increase in sick pay.

Members of Unite overwhelmingly endorsed the pay deal in a consultative ballot.

Unite national officer for construction John Allott, said: “This is an excellent deal for plumbers and is well above the average pay awards that workers are receiving across all sectors.

“In addition to the increase in basic rates, workers will also receive a total of 32 days holiday a year and substantial increases in all allowances.

“This multi-year pay deal provides certainty for both workers and employers going forward and should be used as a model for other agreements and negotiations. Crucially it maintains the integrity of the national agreement and it will greatly assist in increasing the recruitment and retention of highly skilled plumbers.”


Notes to Editors: The breakdown of the Plumbing JIB deal is as follows:
Monday 1st January 2.5 per cent on all hourly rates, an additional one days holiday, a 20 per cent increase in industry sick pay, a 2.5 per cent increase to all allowances.
From January 2019, a 2.75 per cent on all hourly rates, and a 2.75 per cent increase on all allowances.
From January 2020 a 3 per cent increase on all hourly rates, a 3 per cent increase on all allowances and an additional day’s holiday.

From January 2018 Advanced Plumbers (the most common pay grade) will receive a basic rate of £15.05 an hour.

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.


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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.