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Contractors agree four-year wage deal

Newell McGuinnessScotland’s electrical contractors today agreed an unprecedented four year wage deal with trade union representatives.

The agreement, which will take effect from January 2017, was brokered between SELECT, the campaigning trade body for the electrotechnical industry in Scotland led by managing director Newell McGuinness (pictured), and Unite the Union.

Among a range of agreed measures are wage increases of 2% in 2017, 2.5 per cent in 2018, 2.75% in 2019 and 3% in 2020.

Also agreed was the introduction of a mileage allowance and mileage rate to replace travel allowance and travelling time, annual holiday increases to 23 days in 2019 and 24 days in 2020 and encouragement of apprentice recruitment.

SELECT’s chief negotiator, Alick Smith, said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of the negotiations – it is all the more welcome as it provides certainty at a time of considerable uncertainty in the wider economy.

“Having a four-year settlement gives SELECT, together with Unite, the opportunity to address broader issues and achieve agreement on long-term changes which are necessary to modernise the industry.”

The agreement is for SELECT’s 1,200 members who account for around 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland, have a collective turnover of around £1 billion, and provide employment for some 15,000 people.

 

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