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Blue Book pay deal squeaks in

ENGINEERING construction workers across the country have narrowly voted in favour of the latest pay offer under the Naeci 'Blue Book' agreement.

But some workers are now demanding a recount after the offer was agreed by a margin of only 22 votes.

A source at electrical and engineering union Amicus said: 'The vote has been very tight and on Monday it looked like it had gone down by 300 votes.

'But a few more sites have been counted now and it looks to have gone the other way, which has upset a few people.' Employers at the Engineering Construction Industry Association have offered a 3.5 per cent increase over the next year.

They have also sounded the death knell for the Naeci by stating: 'Although we have given strong support to the Naeci in the past, we no longer believe it can provide a viable basis for industry employment relations beyond April 2007.'