Pay rates rise by 3pc

Construction sector employers are reminded that new pay rates took effect on 29 June.

From that date, rates for workers covered by the Construction Industry Joint Council – the largest agreement in the construction industry, covering more than 500,000 workers – rose by three per cent.

The new minimum rate for a general operative is £8.52 an hour rising to the craft rate of £11.33.

As well as pay, travel and fare allowance, subsistence rates and sick pay have all increased. Full details of the agreement and the June 2015 rates can be found here.

Brian Rye, acting general secretary of construction union UCATT, said: “There is no excuse for companies not to honour the pay rise. If a company refuses to pay the rate, we will consider all possible measures in order to ensure they do so.”

Paying appropriate rates is just one part of employers’ responsibilities towards their employees.

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