Construction union Ucatt slams 2% pay offer for skilled craft workers

Construction union Ucatt has slammed a “derisory” pay offer for skilled craft workers announced by an employers’ committee.

Fifty thousand skilled craft workers, whose pay is based on the Local Government Employers’ Joint Negotiating Committee ‘Red Book’, have been offered a pay increase for 2007-08 of 2% – less than half of the 5% pay claim made by the union back in March.

Alan Ritchie, general secretary of Ucatt, said: “This offer is derisory. The manner in which it has been received reveals that the local government employers have complete contempt for their craft workers.”

He added: “To say that I and Ucatt are disappointed with a 2% pay offer would be an understatement.”

The union’s Executive Council will meet in the near future to formulate the union’s official response.

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