GMB members have rejected 'final offer' from Engineering and Construction Industry Association, sparking fears of strikes at power stations

Engineering construction workers have rejected an offer proposed by the Engineering Construction Industry Association over pay and conditions.

The employers body had offered a 2% pay rise for 2010 in what had been termed its “final offer” in a bid to halt strikes which unions threatened would take place on power stations across the country.

It had been hoped that workers would accept the pay increase, but the GMB revealed today that its members had rejected the proposal.

GMB national officer Phil Davies said the main sticking point had been the ECIA’s reluctance to bring in a skills register that employers could use to recruit unemployed workers.

He added that a letter had already been written to the ECIA seeking a meeting to try and reach a new agreement.