Construction Wage Agreement Ireland

The Minister of State for Economy, Enterprise and Innovation, which provides the construction sector with sectoral employment contracts (SEOs), has introduced legislation. The legislation came into force on 19 October 2017 for the construction sector, 6 March 2018 for machinery construction services and 1 September 2019 for the electrical sector. These laws provide that employers in all sectors of the construction industry provide for a pension, sickness and death benefits in the service system for certain workers in the sector. There has also been a review of the SEO construction sector and, as a result, has updated some of the legal requirements that will come into effect on October 1, 2019. Tom Fitzgerald, Unite Regional Delegate, said: “Employers` refusal to commit to paying the agreed wage increase is contrary to the MEBSCA collective agreement. Informed sources said that some construction companies in the construction sector have agreed to pay for the increase. In the construction sector, the labour tribunal`s recommendation follows a request by BATU, Connect, OPATSI, SIPTU and UNITE to the Court of Justice to review the conditions of construction workers. The application in the electrical industry was introduced by Connect and the Electrical Contractors Association of Ireland and the Electrical Contractors Association. Both applications were submitted pursuant to Section 14 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015. The construction committee of the Irish Trade Union Congress – made up of trade unions such as BATU, Connect, OPATSI, Siptu and Unite – said a 2.7% pay increase should be paid on 1 October as part of the general regulation on employment in the construction sector. The Irish Times reported last week that the government had rejected proposals from the construction industry to intervene to postpone wage increases due to thousands of construction workers next month.

Minister Pat Breen supported the labour tribunal`s compensation recommendation. In a statement, MEBSCA and CIF said: “MEBSCA is asking unions to reconsider their proposal to postpone wage increases by 2.7% to March 2021, or until a new sectoral employment regulation succumbs, depending on what happens in the first place.

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