Construction workers get 5 per cent pay rise

A 5 per cent pay rise has been agreed for about half a million site workers, trade unions have confirmed.

Following months of negotiation, unions and the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreed to a 5 per cent blanket pay increase yesterday.

However, the final agreement is only half of the amount that unions pushed for.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) confirmed the agreement on its website, saying the one-year pay deal would become effective from 25 July.

It said: “The agreement includes a 5 per cent pay increase across all rates and a two-stage increase in non-taxable allowances.

“This agreement is in line with the mandate given to the NFB’s negotiators by the membership survey, so we are pleased to be achieving the increases members asked for.”

A GMB spokesperson also confirmed the pay rise.

In May, dozens of protesters gathered outside a CIJC meeting after receiving what it called a “derisory” pay offer from the council, understood to be less than four per cent.

Both Unite and the GMB had demanded a pay increase of 10 per cent for its members, arguing it was necessary in order to meet higher living costs and attract new workers.

The GMB said at the time that it was waiting for an improved offer from the CIJC, giving the council a deadline of 28 June.

The CIJC represents a large number of building and civil engineering groups, and governs the pay and conditions of about 500,000 workers (principally those in civil engineering and the biblical trades). It is responsible for setting pay rates.

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