Constructive pay and benefits deal for building workers

new employment agreement has been signed between the Transport and General
Workers’ Union (T&G) and the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

deal between the T&G and the construction industry’s second largest
employer, will lead to improvements in pay and conditions for construction
workers, the union claims.

one-year agreement will ensure a 6.2 per cent increase in pay for more than
200,000 construction workers, as well as increased employer contributions to
pension schemes, and substantial improvements to daily fare and travel

national secretary Bob Blackman said: "We believe this is a positive deal
overall for the 200,000 construction workers who will benefit from improvements
to wages, conditions and pensions.

T&G is particularly pleased that a minimum rate of £6 an hour has been
established, which is the standard we aim for with employers in all

new basic hourly rates, based on a 39-hour week, will be the craftsmen rate at
£7.75 (previously £7.30) and the adult general operative rate at £6 (previously
£5.65). Apprentices will also receive a 6.2 per cent increase.

new rates will be effective for a year beginning 9 June 2003.

By Quentin Reade

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