Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured an inflation busting pay rise for monumental masons.

Unite negotiates on behalf of monumental masons and labourers, covered by the National Monumental Masons Industry (NAMM) agreement, whose members undertake various roles in the funeral and burial industry, in particular highly skilled work sculpting and erecting headstones.

In recent years the industry has suffered a series of problems relating to overseas competition, the image of the industry and low pay.

Unite has been seeking to ensure that low pay rates were addressed in order to better attract workers into the industry.

As part of this year’s negotiations it was agreed that labourers rates would be increased from £8.30 an hour to £9.50 (in line with the real living wage) which equates to a 13 per cent increase.

The rates for skilled craftworkers will also increase from £8.81 an hour to £10.20, a 14 per cent increase.

Industry sick pay, which is paid in conjunction with statutory sick pay, will increase from £100 to £105 a week, which is payable for the first 10 weeks of absence from work.

The pay increases came into effect from earlier this week (Monday 28 June).

Unite regional coordinating officer Shaun Lee, who negotiated the pay deal, said: “Monumental masons undertake highly skilled work and they deserve a fair rate of pay.

 “This years’ monumental pay increase should be used as the basis to banish low pay from this sector once and for all.

 “I am pleased that the employers have finally recognised that low pay rates were a major factor in making the monumental mason industry unattractive for new entrants and they have acted accordingly.”

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