Irelands largest Craft Union warns Mechanical, Electrical and Construction employers that new Sectoral Employment Orders will only offer Industrial peace on sites where they are applied in conjunction with existing National Collective Employment Agreements.
In response to Minister Breen’s acceptance of the Labour Court recommendation for the Mechanical Sector Employment Order, which must go before the Houses of the Oireachtas, Connect Trade Union Asst. General Secretary Brian Nolan warned Employers and industry not to mistake the enactment of any Sectoral Employment Order as a reason to re-write the National Collective Employment Agreements.
Connect Trade Union (formerly TEEU/UCATT) represent Craft and Skilled Workers through-out the Mechanical, Electrical Contracting & Construction sectors all of which have longstanding collective Agreements.
Mr. Nolan said “Our Collective Agreements within the Mechanical, Electrical Contracting & Constructions Sectors continue to provide terms & conditions of employment for thousands of Workers beyond those covered by the SEO’s. Any suggestion that terms & conditions of employment which are not mentioned in an SEO such as “travel allowance/subsistence” are no longer applicable will be considered as an attack on workers that will be met with the full force of Connect Trade Union.”
In extending the warning to all corners of the industry Mr. Nolan added “In order to avoid disputes, large scale FDI projects, publically funded projects (such as Schools and Hospitals) along with smaller scale projects should refer to National Collective Employment Agreements during the tender process and ensure on-site compliance through-out”.
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