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27Jan94 UK: UCATT DIVIDED OVER COST CUTTING PACKAGE.

The executive of construction union UCATT is understood to be split over a £500,000 cost-saving package.The executive failed to agree the measure at a meeting on Monday this week. A source said: 'There was a lack of enthusiasm on some parts of the executive council.'Another said: 'It appears some members want to force through the TGWU merger.'The plan drawn up by UCATT general secretary George Brumwell included raising revenue through increased contributions and further cost cuts through early retirement of officers and merging the regions.Meanwhile, a 50-strong meeting of UCATT members in Birmingham at the weekend raised deep concerns about plans for UCATT to merge with transport and general union TGWU.Most believed UCATT should continue to fight for independence despite the present financial crisis. Members called for a further round of cost-cutting measures. These included replacing the full-time paid executive with a lay executive and a further round of regional and branch mergers.There was a broad consensus that all parts of any proposal for merger should be debated before being agreed with the TGWU. CONSTRUCTION NEWS