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HVCA claims 88pc of workers signed up to BESNA

The HVCA has said that almost 90 per cent of workers have signed up to the Building Engineering Services National Agreement.

A total of 88 per cent of employees from Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Crown House Technologies, Gratte Brothers, NG Bailey, Shepherd Engineering Services, SPIE Matthew Hall and T Clarke are now believed to have signed up to the agreement.

Construction News revealed last month that trade union Unite has been advising its members to sign up to the controversial agreement despite supporting months of protests after acting on legal advice.

HVCA’s chief executive Blane Judd said: “The companies have always communicated the facts about BESNA to their employees and it’s good to see that this information has been so well received.

“We hope that Unite will also now acknowledge the facts, cease making false claims about pay cuts and deskilling and stop threatening unjustified industrial action.”

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services applied to the High Court for an injunction restraining Unite from proceeding with a strike voted for by 295 staff at the start of February.

The union wrote to members last week to suggest they sign up to the new terms while pledging to fight on against the seven major contractors at the centre of the dispute.

The remaining workers who have not yet signed and returned their contracts are being contacted by their employer to ‘discuss any concerns that they may have’. 

The BESNA terms and conditions will come into effect during the last week in March and the first week of April 2012.

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