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Employers pull out of Naeci deal

FURIOUS engineering construction leaders have withdrawn from the Naeci 'Blue Book' agreement in use at Heathrow's T5.

The move follows a recent ruling by arbitrator ACAS on Britain's biggest building site to award steel erectors an extra £1 an hour travelling allowance over and above the Naeci pay and conditions deal.

Employers body the Engineering Construction Industry Association has written to member firms at T5 saying it will no longer be involved in T5.

The letter said: 'The ECIA had no option but to cease with immediate effect its participation in the Terminal 5 project.' The Naeci pay deal will remain in force but the employers body will not take part in site forums, grievance, redundancy or disciplinary hearings.

Amicus regional official Frank Westerman said: 'This is a complete outrage. They did the same at Wembley and it's just pathetic. Every dispute will go straight to Acas now.

'You can't just do this if something goes against you.'