Agreement ends three-month deadlock with contractors

Source: ODA

Unions have agreed to an improved pay offer of a 2% pay rise for 500,000 construction workers in 2013.

Contractors and unions reached the agreement yesterday, bringing a close to negotiations that had been stalled since June.

The pay rise covers workers signed up to the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) wage agreement.

Unions rejected an initial offer of no improvement in pay in early June and a further offer of a 1.6% pay rise over two years later that month.

John Allott, national officer for union Unite, welcomed the “significant move” from employers, but added the offer was “probably an absolute minimum our members would accept”.

Unions and contractors have also agreed to recommence pay talks for 2014 onwards from next June to ensure an earlier resolution to the next round of negotiations.