UK - The Transport & General Workers' Union has brokered a raft of improved employee benefits for 200,000 construction workers at the Federation of Master Builders.
The union has secured death-in-service benefits, fare and travel allowances and a matching employer contribution of up to £10 per week in workers’ stakeholder pension schemes.
The deal also includes pay rises at the construction industry’s second largest employer organisation. The single-union deal means craft workers will see their pay rise by 8.13%, an increase of 7% for general operatives and skilled operatives and an increase of 7% in all of the skilled bands.
Apprentices, trainees and younger general operatives will also increase their wages by 7%.
Agreement was also reached to eliminate one of the sick “waiting” days, before workers qualify for sick pay.
T&G national secretary for construction Bob Blackman said: “The improved employee benefits and rates of pay are a step forward for the construction industry in their efforts to retain and recruit new workers.
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