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07Oct93 UK: ENGINEERING UNIONS TABLE 5PC PAY DEMAND.

Engineering construction unions are pressing for a 5 per cent pay rise for their 15,000 members.On Wednesday the unions met employers to table their 1994 claim, which includes improved redundancy terms for workers over 41 and providing boiler suits and boots from the first day of employment.Employers are due to respond to the 2 per cent-plus-inflation wage rise claim next month. Unions argue real inflation is 3 per cent.Tom MacLean, AEEU engineering construction chief, said: 'This is a reasonable claim and not outlandish. It reflects the rise in the cost of living for workers.'But contractors are expected to deliver a frosty reply and push for a pay freeze throughout the engineering construction sector.John Porter, president of the National Engineering Construction Employers Association, said: 'The message from employers and clients is that the industry is not in a fit state to talk about anything that will raise engineering construction costs.' CONSTRUCTION NEWS