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Hvca Wage Agreement

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«They`re going to send a message that they`re not ready to accept employers who are going to cut their wages in the future,» he says. «BESNA is an employer charter.» However, it acknowledges that «workers are getting pardoned to keep their jobs.» ECA Director General Bratt said in a statement: «It is disappointing that these seven contractors continue to advance this agreement at the expense of the industry and we urge them to find a collaborative and sustainable solution. The Court makes available current rates of pay and salaries as well as the full manuals of the JIB and the staff agreement. The decision of seven major merger contractors to detach themselves from the 40-year wage contract was triggered by an «urgent need for modernization,» but it has already provoked tough clashes between workers and police. The construction of reports of a dispute that is likely to become the largest labour dispute in the sector in 15 years suggests to BBES` John Moore that the union is partly turning a storm because it fears losing its influence – Unite is currently leading the JIB agreement for electricians in collaboration with the ECJ. «Existing agreements give them considerable influence and are not interested in modernizing the sector,» says Moore. Unite argues that the contractors` discourse on the reform of DMs is a pretext for their real intention to reduce wages. Contractors vehemently dispute this and claim that the level of workers` wages is guaranteed under BESNA. However, the union is concerned about companies` determination to impose wage and packaging proposals without their consent. But Bernard McAulay, Unite`s national construction chief, says contractors should back up and reform the JIB agreement, adding that he is confident that Unite members will support strike action among the seven contractors.

At the centre of the plans of the HGV companies is the collapse of a decades-old distinction between mechanical and electrical workers and contractors. The new proposals – the Building Engineering Services National Agreement (BESNA) set a set of wages and conditions for mechanical and electrical workers to replace the countless separate competing agreements that are currently in place. In addition to agreed wages and salaries, each agreement also contains details on different aspects of employment, including working time, the right to leave; Sickness benefits and other benefits. Contractors claim that they have been working for decades under the weight of outdated pay and conditioning agreements, and the situation has a terrible impact on their ability to earn work. Blane Judd, chief executive of HVCA, says British contractors lose to international competitors. Judd says: «It`s about gaining jobs and securing jobs. If we continue as we are, we could have 1000 electricians unemployed – what good is it for anyone? It also argues that the four overlapping JIB agreements that will replace BESNA are outdated, costly and ineffective. As such, BESA publishes standard rates of pay for location operations per hour, negotiated on behalf of the employer with the Unite union, and employee salaries negotiated with the EESA Staff Association (a Unite department). Building revealed last month that BBES was the first contractor to separate ties with the 111-year-old body.

Crown House and SPIE Matthew Hall want to follow suit.

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