Registered Agreement will benefit both workers and employers
June 7th: At their conference over the weekend, Unite members working in the mechanical contracting sector of the construction industry called for registration of an industry-wide agreement to govern the sector. The call follows the Government’s publication last month of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Bill 2015, which makes new provisions for the registration of employment agreements.
Explaining the background to the conference and Unite’s call for a new agreement, Regional Officer for Construction Tom Fitzgerald pointed out that workers in the sector have suffered effective pay cuts of up to 22% since 2011.
“Unite members working in the mechanical contracting sector of the construction industry are seeking restoration of some of the losses they suffered over the past four years. In the first instance, they are looking for increases in the hourly rate of up to 9.5% and restoration of the one hour of travel money lost since 2011, along with additional improvements to terms and conditions.
“Unite will be acting on our members’ demands, and will be writing to the employers seeking engagement on advancing an industry wide agreement that will have universal application.
“Such an agreement will benefit both workers and employers. It is Unite’s view that many contractors would accept pay progression for workers as long as it is in the context of a universally applicable sectoral agreement that will not put them at any competitive disadvantage given the uniquely mobile nature of work in the construction industry”, Tom Fitzgerald concluded.