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Workers reject 'final offer' on pay and conditions

Thousands of engineering construction workers have refused proposals on pay and conditions aimed at averting strike action, following a long-running row at power stations and other sites across the UK.

The new National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry, which includes a 2 per cent wage increase in 2010 followed by an increase based on the retail price index for 2011, was recommended by unions and described as a “final offer” by the Engineering Construction Industry Association.

But it has today been announced the deal was rejected following a ballot of up to 30,000 workers.

GMB union national officer Phil Davies said workers wanted more progress on setting up a skills and unemployment register. They also demanded moves to stop employers undercutting the agreed rates and terms and conditions.

Mr Davies said workers “no longer trust” the employers to deliver on the deal.

He said union representatives would have to go back to the ECIA in a bid to set up further talks.

Wildcat strike action was sparked across the country earlier this year after a dispute over foreign labour flared at the Lindsey oil terminal in North Lincolnshire.

The new NAECI is being drawn up to run from 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2011.