GMB Engineering Construction Workers Vote To Reject Employers Final Offer On Pay And Conditions

5 Oct 2009

30,000 engineering construction workers have voted to reject the employers offer on pay and conditions in workplace individual ballots held over the past two weeks. The offer was in response to claims from the unions GMB and Unite. See note 1 below. Workers on seven sites have already voted for industrial action in pursuit of the claim. See note 2 below.

Phil Davies GMB National Secretary said “The members want more progress on the skills and unemployment registers and they want to copper-fasten the pre award audit to screen out employers who plan to undercut the agreed rates and terms and conditions. The employer’s offer of working parties on the registers is seen as jam tomorrow and the members no longer trust the employers to deliver. The members want the package to be completed now so that they can see what they are getting. The next step is to go back to the employers to see if they are up for further talks.”

Note 1. GMB is seeking:

A national skills register and a procedure to ensure all workers have appropriate skills,
A register of unemployed workers in the industry which the employers must use to fill vacancies,
A transparent, effective and pre-award auditing system to monitor ‘Blue Book’ rates and other benefits that apply to all and to ensure that those winning tenders have the ability to pay the agreed rates.
A pay rise;
Twelve paid trips home for all workers regardless of where they come from;
Ability for union full time officials to instigate grievance procedure at any site.

Note 2.

Engineering Construction workers employed by contractors on seven sites voted for industrial action to secure these items of claim. The seven sites are BP FPS Grangemouth and Ineos Grangemouth in Scotland, Sellafield, Shell UK Stanlow and Staythorpe RWE in Nottinghamshire and Chevron Pembroke and Aberthaw in Wales