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Pay all trades the same weekly rate


Sir, I don't think that the proposals for the 48hour week ('Alert on opt-out red tape', Construction News, September 23) are going to work in the construction industry, because, whatever trade you do, you will still need to work the full six days to get enough cash to survive.

As for switching to monthly pay, as Laing O'Rourke has proposed ('O'Rourke rolls out new employee contracts', Construction News, September 16), I believe such companies are living in a dream.

No matter how much money we get, the working class man or woman cannot afford to be paid monthly.

I have worked with Laing O'Rourke for more than 15 years as a concreter. And I personally think they do not care about what it will do to us, whatever they might say to the press.

The only way we are going to beat this problem is to throw out all these special deals and pay all trades the same, whether they come from Scotland or Land's End.

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