New construction sector pay rates

The minimum rates of pay for workers in the construction and electrical contracting sectors are set to rise by 2.7% in the Autumn

The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen, TD, gave the go ahead for the new rates following two Labour Court recommendations.

In the case of the construction sector the Labour Court recommendation follows on from an application by the BATU, Connect, OPATSI, SIPTU and UNITE to the Court to review the terms and conditions of workers in the Construction Sector. The application in the electrical contracting sector was made by Connect and the Association of Electrical Contractors Ireland and the Electrical Contractors Association. Both applications were made in accordance with Section 14 of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2015.

The recommendation is the second such recommendation from the Labour Court in the construction sector and the first in the electrical contracting sector. The recommendations, if approved by both Houses of the Oireachtas, will take effect by means of a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO).

As required, the Minister will now proceed to have the draft Order considered in both Houses of the Oireachtas over the coming weeks before it can be adopted in law.

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