Site wages row looms as union dismisses “derisory” pay offer


Construction unions and contractors are at loggerheads over money following a “derisory” pay offer for more than 500,000 site workers.

The unions launched an increased claim of 10% under the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) pay agreement earlier this year.

But employers have responded with an offer of less than 4% which has sparked anger among the unions as the country struggles with the cost of living crisis and soaring inflation rates.

Jerry Swain of Unite said: “Unite as the lead union in these negotiations are determined to ensure construction workers are not left to pick up the bill for this cost of living crises.

“Unite members who lobbied the talks today were not only angry but up for the fight. We have listened and have told the employers they need to improve their offer if they are to avoid targeted site action this summer.”

Charlotte Childs, GMB National Officer said: “The construction industry is facing an unprecedented skills shortage.

“Without meaningful improvements to the CIJC agreement, which sets out the minimum rates for all grades covered by the agreement, the shortage will likely worsen.

“The CIJC needs to show leadership in setting the appropriate rates for this highly skilled and highly motivated workforce – not this derisory offer.”

Pay negotiations will continue with new rates due to come in force at the end of June.


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