On Monday, June 18, 2018, the Construction Negotiation Council (BCCEI) announced that all parties in the civil engineering sector have signed a three-year agreement on wages and working conditions. The plan will come into effect before the end of the year, after the proclamation of the Minister of Labour. Click here to view the agreement. A good craftsman who works 48 hours a week would earn $45,000 a year before bonuses and allowances are awarded under the new wage agreement. The new wage offer, which will apply to more than 1,000 construction workers, provides that Hinkley Point employees will receive 36% more than the minimum wages agreed by the construction sector and the joint council, which constitute the national civil engineering agreement, and show a 2.9% increase in the maximum gross salary compared to previous agreements. The wage increase will include a portion of the previous bonuses in the base salary of employees. This means that leave pay, overtime and pension contributions will also increase. The Construction and Civil Engineering Negotiation Council (BCCEI) said the sector has reached a three-year reconciliation agreement on wages and terms of employment. We practice the higher form of employment conditions of the CIJC WRA called CESA – The Civil Engineering Agreement. The Cesa agreement guarantees top-not only pay packages for workers, including Peter Hughes, Unite`s regional secretary, and said: ”This is a pioneering agreement that will now set the pay rate bar for flagship projects across the UK.
The agreed rates of pay at Hinkley Point will provide a significant boost to the local economy and, with the project`s ambitious learning program, will generate much-needed skills increases and investments in the Southwest region. EDF`s determination to negotiate an agreement was essential to ensure that wage negotiations were resolved satisfactorily. The agreement ensures that the project, despite its remoteness from major metropolises, can attract the best people. Phil Whitehurst, National Officer at GMB, added: ”LA S.A.R.L. members voted very positively and responsibly in favour of adopting EDF`s final offer. The employer should have taken charge before January 2017, but chose to take them by the razor. This could have resulted in a trade dispute that would have had disastrous consequences for this prestigious project. Hopefully, this will result in an open and transparent relationship in the construction phase of [Hinkley Point]. The negotiations were marked by a deep understanding of the pressure exerted by the civil engineering sector in recent years. Employers were represented by the South African Civil Engineering Workers Forum (SAFCEC) and the Solid Employers Organization (CEO) and workers by the Union of Workers and Construction and Workers (BCAWU) and the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM). The BCCEI is a sectoral bargaining council created within the meaning of the 1995 Labour Relations Act (LRA) and which is responsible for monitoring the management of resources and social benefits, compliance, enforcement and exemption from the various collective agreements concluded under the BCCEI. Our divisions are active in all types of civil engineering environments, including roads and bridges, airports, nuclear facilities, supply companies, subways and subways.
”After lengthy negotiations with management and unions, we are very pleased that union members have voted to accept our offer,” said Nigel Cann, Director of Construction Programs and Supplies at Hinkley Point C at EDF Energy.