Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 07, 2007 07:23 ET


LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2007) - Unite, Britain's biggest union, has negotiated a bumper pay increase for thousands of plumbers across Scotland and Northern Ireland. A massive 93% of union members voted to accept the two year deal.

The deal covers up to 10,000 plumbers working in the private sector. The deal was struck between Unite and the Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industrial Board for the Plumbing industry (SNIJIB).

From June 2008, plumbers covered by the agreement will get a 4.6% increase followed by a further increase in 2009 of 4.6%. Significantly, the threshold for the application of overtime will be reduced from 45 hours to 43 hours (overtime equates to time and a half from Monday to Fri and double time on Sunday) and an introduction of 25p mileage allowance.

Unite National Officer, John Allott says,
"This is a good above inflation deal for thousands of plumbers across Scotland and Northern Ireland. It just goes to show how effective national pay bargaining can be. The employers took on board the aspirations of our members which was shown in the ballot result.

Even those plumbers not included in the deal could benefit as the deal sets a benchmark for the industry."

The deal will also see an injection of significant new money into the Plumbing Pension scheme with 7.5% employer and 3.25% employee contribution.

An advanced plumber working 37.5 hours a week, would see their pay increase by GBP40.88 per week over the two year deal.

Contact Information

  • Unite press office
    Martin Scanlon
    020 7420 8934