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M&E performance boosted by pay rise

EMPLOYERS across the M&E sector have agreed a productivity boosting pay deal which will earn workers more than £50,000 a year.

The Major Projects M&E Agreement was signed last week and guarantees craft workers an extra £2.20 an hour countrywide and £3 within the M25.

The deal for schemes such as Wembley and T5 will rise hourly rates to a minimum of £13.32 in return for improved performance and industrial relations stability.

Electrical and engineering union Amicus thrashed out the deal with the Electrical Contractors' Association, the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association and Select representing electrical contractors in Scotland.

George Ashcroft, who headed the employers' negotiating team, said: 'My colleagues at the ECA, HVCA and Select have shown the benefit of a team approach.

'Both negotiating teams have worked hard and professionally to flesh out the details of a concept which has been an aspiration for several years.'

Employers and unions will form a Mechanical & Electrical Forum, which will implement the agreement and decide which projects are covered by it.

Mr Ashcroft said: 'The task is to launch the agreement, set up the m&e forum and ensure that clients, contractors, employees and the industry as a whole make the most of the opportunities the agreement provides.'

Amicus national officer Paul Corby said: 'This will lead to a change in the culture on site and will give the industry the opportunity to achieve the improved performance clients and contractors want.'