Jerry Swain, National Officer for Construction at Unite, said: “This agreement is a big step in the right direction and will result in a well-deserved pay increase for employee construction. The increase in allowances and other benefits underlines the value of work under an employment contract and participation in collective agreements. The agreed wage agreement also provides for an increase in the workers` allowance based on the percentage increase in rates of pay, the increase in non-taxable transportation costs in line with inflation and the increase in accommodation allowances by 7.8% to reach $40 per night in 2018. Accommodation allowance will increase in 2019 in line with inflation. Approximately 400,000 construction workers working under the Joint Council of the Construction Industry Council (JCC) will receive a two-year wage contract starting Monday, June 25, 2018. The CIJC is the largest agreement in the construction industry and consists mainly of collaborators in construction and civil engineering as well as commercial functions such as carpenters, masons and painters. Parties to the CYOC`s labour rules agreement remain in regular contact to monitor progress, while the sector makes progress in an emergency to better understand the current impact on employers, workers and industry. In the meantime, all tariffs and certificates are still in effect in accordance with the CIJC agreement of August 1, 2018. The wage agreement concluded by the Unite unions and the GMB provides that employees will receive a 3.2% pay increase from 25 June 2018. This brings the hourly minimum rates of craftsmen such as carpenters, masons and painters to $12.31 per hour, and the minimum wage for workers to $9.26 per hour.
Wages will increase by another 2.9% from Monday 24 June 2019. Ross Murdoch, National Officer at GMB, added: “Given the current climate in the construction industry as a whole and the overall economic climate, this agreement is both a recognition of a hard-working and highly skilled workforce and a proof of a real commitment to maintaining a valid common national industrial agreement.” Over the next two years, we will work to further strengthen the agreement and ensure that it is brought into line with other agreements in all areas and that it is considered relevant on major projects. Construction [workers] must remain vigilant for employers to effectively pay agreed rates of pay. Too often, employers in the construction sector try to increase their profits by not paying the agreed increases. The Joint Council of the Construction Industry (JCC) agreement, its remuneration and conditions, would normally have been reviewed at the end of June 2020. In April 2020, all parties agreed to postpone the opening of possible review talks due to the emergency situation of Covid 19 and the unprecedented impact this has had on employers, workers, industry and the UK as a whole. “Given that more important construction projects are coming in the coming years, this agreement offers real hope of preserving the skills that the sector sorely needs and attracting new apprentices, with the percentage increase in apprenticeship rates further increasing the importance of this last point. General Corrections – Instructions on Choice and Life (C777D) – PDF Threaded Comment, powered by the Interconnect/it code.