Construction workers warned to check pay packets

UCATT are warning that construction workers need to check their pay packet to ensure that employers have honoured the latest pay increase.

Pay rates for workers covered by the CIJC (Construction Industry Joint Council) agreement increased by 2.5 per cent from Monday 25th July.

The lengthy negotiations produced a two year deal with the 2.5 per cent hike in the first year and then a 2.75 per cent raise in the second year.

Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary, of construction union UCATT, said, “Workers need to check carefully if their employer has honoured the pay increase. Too often in our industry employers only follow the rules that suit them. If a worker believes that they are entitled to a pay rise and have not received the correct increase they should contact UCATT for advice and assistance.”

General operatives should now be on a minimum of £8.73 per hour and craft workers a minimum of £11.61 per hour. Workers will receive an extra day’s holiday from January 1 2017, which is worth an additional 0.4 per cent. The taking of holidays has also been made more flexible. Travel allowances have been reconfigured.

The agreement has also been updated with changes to how and when holidays can be taken and the fare and travel allowance will now be calculated in miles rather than kilometres. The new agreement as well as an increase to travel and fare allowances and subsistence rates will come into effect from Monday 1st August.

Various trades such as telehandler drivers, forklift drivers, concrete operatives, slinger/signallers and banksmen will all receive an additional pay increase above the 2.5 per cent.

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