Proposal is the first increase offered in three years

Unions representing more than half a million construction workers have turned down a pay rise offer of 1.25%.

The proposed package is the first increase offered since 2008 under the Construction Industry Joint Council agreement.

Unite national officer for construction, John Allott said: “Unite, along with Ucatt and the GMB, have rejected this offer as it is inadequate given the soaring cost of living and the fact that our members have not had a pay rise for three years.

“We are seeking a further improvement in the offer.

“However, we welcome the employers’ commitment to this national agreement where building workers are employed directly in preference to self-employed and agency workers. This gives greater security of employment to our members.”

George Guy, acting general secretary of Ucatt, said: “Construction workers have borne the brunt of the downturn in the industry.

“It is simply unacceptable that employers are trying to postpone a pay rise until 2012. The employers now need to return with an improved and realistic offer.”

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