Unite plumber members accept pay deal

Published:  17 July, 2009

UK: Thousands of plumbers across England and Wales have agreed to accept a two-year pay deal.

The agreement, which covers 1500 employers and up to 60 000 plumbers was negotiated by Unite on behalf of plumbers employed under the Joint Industry Board for Plumbing Mechanical Engineering Services guarantees an inflation-proof increase from January 2011.

Unite members expressed their disappointment at the lack of a pay increase in 2010 but, according to Unite national officer for plumbing John Allott, the members “adopted a pragmatic approach for the well-being of the plumbing contracting industry.

"I would like to commend our plumbing members on their loyalty to the industry and remind the employers that our members would have an expectation that this loyalty should be rewarded in the future when work picks up."

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