Construction unions UCATT, Unite and the GMB have agreed an improved pay offer on behalf of 500,000 workers covered by the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC). The pay offer of an increase in all rates of 1.5% to be paid from Monday 5 September 2011 was agreed on 8 June. An earlier offer of 1.25%, not covering all pay grades and not coming into force until 2012, had been rejected by the unions.
The union negotiating team also put forward proposals, which were accepted, to begin talks in early 2012 on a new deal to address what it said were the “low basic rates of pay for construction workers.” George Guy, acting general secretary of UCATT, who led the negotiations, said: “This offer ends the pay freeze for construction workers. It has been made clear to employers that future increases must properly reflect rising costs and the difficult, demanding, and skilled work undertaken by construction workers.” Phil Davies, National Secretary for Construction of the GMB, said; “This offer was the best that can be achieved under the current economic conditions. The union side is committed to significantly improving the agreement over the coming years.”