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NECC Joint Union Members Briefing No 1

Date: 26/06/2020

Welcome to the first NECC members briefing following the NECC Meeting held on Monday 8th June 2020. The NECC considers it important that we communicate with members regularly throughout this most difficult period in our history. For your information we are now in contact with your site union reps and have regular workplace updates on a fortnightly basis. This is proving to be very constructive in establishing a true picture of what is happening nationally.

You will be aware that much of our discussions as you would expect have been around furlough and health and safety implications over Covid-19.

It is very clear that the industry and you our members are facing job losses at a rate never seen before. The NECC wish to assure you that everything that can be done is being done to minimise the inevitable job losses which will follow when the furlough payments are reduced or stopped.

The NECC Secretary and Chairman are also working together to resolve some long-standing issues, not least, with Bilfinger who are currently being taken through the procedure to a stage 4 over a breach of the national agreement over holidays.

We would also wish to assure you that the pay and conditions negotiations currently paused will continue and it is anticipated that meaningful discussions will resume at the end of July 2020.

The NAECI National Shop Stewards Forum will take place on the 6th July via telephone conference.

ACE card renewals: The NECC is working with the ECITB and the National Shop Stewards Forum to set up a working group to progress.

On a positive note the North London Waste Authority project has agreed to use NAECI with an anticipated workforce of 500 plus people. The NECC would like to thank Bro. Steve Butterworth who has been instrumental in securing the National Agreement on the project.

Other items discussed were Bedford Power Station, Slough EfW, Humber Bank, and the use of non-UK labour at Rookery Pit, Bedfordshire and the use of non-UK electricians at MGT Tecnicas Reunidas (TR) as there are serious questions over their skills and competence levels. This will need to be challenged using NAECI to establish adherence to the agreement.

The NECC wish to place on record their sincere thanks to Bro. Steve Kemp the outgoing Chairman of the NECC and for his contributions to the committee and our Shop Stewards Forums for the duration of his tenure.

Thank you for taking the time to read what is the first NECC members briefing and there will be regular communications with you going forward.

Finally, if you are aware of any of your colleagues who are not Union members, we would ask you to encourage them to join.

Yours in solidarity

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