The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a one-year deal involving a 2.75 per cent pay rise to come into effect in June 2019. This is a result of the successful conclusion of pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), on behalf of SME construction employers, and Unite the union, on behalf of operatives.
BATJIC has also secured tax dispensation from HM Revenue and Customs for travel and lodging allowances by successfully adding the BATJIC agreement on to the Working Rule Agreement list after several years’ hiatus.
Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said,“I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement that recognises the hard work that employees are putting into their projects at the moment, but at the same time one that takes into account the uncertainty that many construction companies are facing.
“This increase is above last year’s inflation rate, according to all three of the leading indexes, so I hope it sends out a strong message to tradespeople that with employment levels so high, the industry needs to retain them more than ever,” he added.
“It’s no secret that economic forecasts are quite conservative for the years ahead given the unknown impact of Brexit, but I feel that this is a good compromise as we move forward.”
Jerry Swain, Unite national officer for construction, said, “Unite welcomes this agreement which recognises inflation levels from last year and the high employment levels that we have at present.
“With construction skills shortages impacting on the industry, a 2.75 per cent pay rise will help encourage tradespeople to remain in the industry at a time that the current political uncertainty and drops in construction output are affecting confidence in the industry,” he added.
“I’m pleased that BATJIC has been further strengthened this year by successfully lobbying for tax dispensation on key employee expenses.”