Construction firms treating staff with contempt

Construction sector employers are treating their personnel with contempt, three leading trade groups have claimed.

General secretary of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Ucatt) Steve Murphy claimed those on the employers’ side have offered “absolutely nothing” on any of the joint unions’ proposals.

He revealed the organisations have given the companies a “window of opportunity” to rethink their position.

National officer for construction at 1.5 million-strong union Unite John Allot claimed workers in the building sector “simply can’t make ends meet”.

He added the businesses hiring them to not appear to understand this fact.

GMB national secretary for construction Phil Davies said members of his union have had to deal with low wages for “too long”.

These comments follow initial discussions at the pay talks of the 2012 Construction Industry Joint Council on May 23rd, with the agreements made during these negotiations covering the conditions of employment and pay terms of as many as 500,000 individuals.

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