Construction workers accept pay rise

HALF a million construction workers are to get a 2 per cent pay rise following long-running talks.

Three trade unions, Ucatt, Unite and the GMB, said basic pay rates would increase from January, with the agreement running for a year.

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The unions said it was a “significant improvement” on a previous offer of 1.6 per cent, which would have been paid in January and continued until June 2014.

Steve Murphy, general secretary of Ucatt, said it was the “absolute minimum” that construction workers were prepared to accept and warned employers they must understand that this was 
only the first step in addressing low pay within 
the industry.

Phil Davies, of the GMB, said the offer was the best that could be achieved under the present economic circumstances.