Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to the newest version of your browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of Construction News, please enable cookies in your browser.

Welcome to the Construction News site. As we have relaunched, you will have to sign in once now and agree for us to use cookies, so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Nuke threat might save the Blue Book


UNION leaders are playing a clever hand with their negotiations to save the engineering construction sector's Naeci agreement.

The future of the 'Blue Book' has been in doubt since employers questioned its relevance during this year's pay negotiations.

But the unions are being cute by warning the Government that an end to the Naeci will threaten Prime Minister Tony Blair's not-so-secret nuclear building plans.

The Blue Book has been a stabilising force in engineering construction for more than 25 years so the Government will not want to see it ripped up as it gets ready to embark on a major power plant building programme.

Nuclear work will be controversial enough without having projects dogged by industr ial disputes and stoppages, so the future looks far from blue for the Naeci.