Belfast Telegraph

Pay deal agreed for 400,000 construction workers

A two-year pay deal has been agreed for 400,000 construction workers.

Wage rates will increase by 2.5% from July and by a further 2.75% in June 2017.

Industry sick pay and subsistence allowance will also rise at least in line with the basic pay rate increases.

Brian Rye, acting general secretary of Ucatt, said: "This deal ensures that workers will enjoy above inflation increases for the next two years.

"However employers need to understand that the agreement does not meet the needs of the workforce and unless it is radically reformed it will soon cease to be relevant to the industry".

Phil Whitehurst, national officer of the GMB union, added: "We will consult members with a firm recommendation of acceptance.

"But the agreement is by no means the agreement of choice for the whole construction industry and is well behind the terms and conditions of other construction agreements.

"All the unions have tabled warnings to the employers that the agreement needs a thorough overhaul to bring it into the 21st century or it will wither on the vine and become unfit for purpose."

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