Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Construction Confederation demise won't halt pay talks

Contractors are confident the current round of industry pay talks will not collapse, despite the imminent demise of the Construction Confederation (CC).

The talks set minimum rates for thousands of site workers. Gerry Lean, industrial relations director at the confederation, said: "Despite changes at the Construction Confederation, it is business as usual for the Construction Industry Joint Council (CJIC) and national pay talks."

The confederation is being wound-down and will have only a skeleton staff in the New Year.

Bob Blackman, Unite national secretary, said: "The employers have told us that the component parts of the confederation will continue to support the CIJC and the national agreement.


Construction Confederation demise wont halt pay talks


"The major contractors have assured us of their support and have said that negotiations on next year's settlement should continue."

Alan Ritchie, Ucatt general secretary, added: "We believe it is essential that construction employers stay organised in order to ensure the existing agreement remains relevant and followed by the majority of the industry."

In the wake of the establishment of a CBI-based Construction Council as a central lobby group, both the Major Contractors Group and the National Contractors Federation are withdrawing from the confederation to form a new UK Contractors Group. The British Woodworking Federation is also withdrawing. It could be followed by the civil engineers, leaving the CC with just the National Federation of Builders and the Scottish Building Federation as direct members but still offering bought-in services to others on industrial relations, safety and taxation.

Lean said there was no immediate need to reconstitute the joint council. It currently comprises six parties - Ucatt, Unite and the GMB on one side and the confederation, the roofing contractors, and the shopfitters on the other.

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