Brian Rye, Acting General Secretary of UCATT, said: « This agreement ensures that workers will benefit from rising inflation over the next two years. But employers need to understand that the CIJC agreement does not meet the needs of the workforce, and if it is not radically reformed, it will soon no longer be relevant to the industry. John Allott, National Construction Officer, said: « While we welcome this improvement in the wage agreement, it must serve as a solid basis for the continuation of the agreement, but employers must recognize that the agreement is not an end in itself, but the beginning of the journey to address many of the problems facing our members in the construction sector today. However, the trade unions want this principle to be extended to specially designed construction contracts, which complement legal sickness benefits. Construction unions are calling on construction contractors to immediately relax the rules on sickness benefits as part of the branch employment contract to combat the spread of coronavirus. Changes in health services in the sector would protect hundreds of thousands of construction workers, including those working on large-scale projects such as Crossrail, Hinkley Point and HS2. The Unite union has called on construction companies to relax sickness benefit rules to combat the spread of coronavirus. When a worker works in the construction industry under a collective agreement and SSP (worth $94.25 per week), workers are also entitled to sick pay in the sector, which can be up to $180 per week. She has written to employers involved in various industrial contracts, including the Joint Council (for civil engineering), the Joint Industry Board (for electricians), the National Agreement for the Construction Industry (NAECI), the Joint Industry Board: plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVCA) /Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and asks the industry to pay sick pay from day one. The government has already relaxed the rules on statutory sickness benefits (PSPs) so that a worker can be paid immediately on sick leave, instead of the fourth day, as is currently the case, so that workers can isolate themselves if they have symptoms of coronavirus. The government has already relaxed the rules on sickness benefits, so that a sick worker is paid immediately from day one and not day four, which is currently the case. .
But there is up to two weeks delay for industry to pay sickness benefits, and Unite has expressed concern that construction workers who may have symptoms of coronavirus are not isolating themselves due to economic factors. « The credibility of the agreement is now at a historically low level, many customers simply ignore it because some of the rates are simply too low. A wage increase was due in June, but employers delayed the offer and, just last week, they finally confirmed that they were enacting a wage freeze and refusing to improve the conditions the agreement imposed on workers. « THE CYOC`s rates are already well below those of other construction contracts, and this wage freeze will exacerbate this unfair situation. The RAD will consult with its members with a firm recommendation for acceptance. Moreover, the ACCORD on the CIJC labour rule is far from being the agreement of choice for the entire construction industry, which falls well short of the terms of other construction agreements such as naeci and JIB. The three unions have warned employers that the agreement needs to be thoroughly reviewed to bring it into the 21st century, or that it will dine on the vine and that it will become useful in a future innovative construction industry. Other copies available from Construction Industry Publications Ltd.
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