GMB Call On Construction Employers To Table Improved Offer When Pay Talks Resume Next Month
Derisory offer, after pay freezes and low settlements in the past, to embark further in the race to the bottom on wages, terms and conditions for our members, has been rejected says GMB.
Construction unions GMB, UCATT and Unite have described a pay offer for a multi- year pay deal as derisory and have accused employers of treating workers with disrespect and derision.
The employers made their derisory offer in pay talks on Tuesday 29th October for the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement. Around 500,000 workers are covered by some aspect of the CIJC agreement.
Pay talks are set to resume next month.
Since 2008 workers covered by the CIJC have seen their pay fall by 12% in real terms. The construction industry is expected to grow quickly over the next four years. Despite this employers proposed a multi-year pay offer to September 2016 of 4.5% which would have further reduced workers’ pay in real terms.
Pay rates for construction workers working under the CIJC are lower than the other major industrial agreements in the construction industry.
Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer for Construction said: “The offer put on the table by the employers shows utter contempt for their employees. This attempt, after pay freezes and low settlements in the past, to embark further in the race to the bottom on wages, terms and conditions for our members, has been rejected.
Construction workers will no longer accept any more crumbs off the employers table. We are asking the employers to make an improved offer when talks resume next month.”
Steve Murphy, General Secretary of construction union, UCATT, said: “Employers are treating their workers with derision and disrespect with an offer which would further cut workers’ pay in real terms. Workers are angry and will no longer accept poverty pay. The employers must make a realistic offer when talks resume.”
John Allott, Unite National Officer for Construction, said: “Our members will be furious that the employers are offering them a pay cut in real terms. Construction workers are already struggling to keep up with the rising costs of living and paying their bills. This pay offer does nothing to reward our members’ contribution and we believe that the employers are able to offer more.”
Contact: Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB press office 07921 289880