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Unions condemn CIJC negotiations progress

Ucatt and Unite have complained about the slow progress being made in CIJC discussions.

14 June 2012

Unions have condemned the slow progress being made in contract negotiations relating to the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) Working Rule Agreement.

There was little progress at the meeting of June 11th, according to the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (Ucatt) and Unite.

Furthermore, tensions were heightened during the union bargaining discussions due to a large number of rank-and-file personnel protesting against the failure of business leaders to make a pay offer.

Representatives of the unions have called on workers to try to stay calm in the face of this growing anger during the next meeting on June 26th.

As many as 500,000 employees are affected by the terms and conditions outlined in the CIJC, making this the UK's largest agreement within the building sector.

"The simple fact of the matter is that the employers don't get it - construction workers simply can't make ends meet," Unite's national officer for construction John Allott recently said.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: Ucatt press release, June 12th

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