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Construction workers to witness pay increase

Members of the Unite union are set to witness an increase in pay following a successful round of negotiations with the Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC).

Set to come into effect from July 17th, a two per cent increase in salaries for all Unite members has been agreed, while statutory sick pay is also set to increase to £119 per week and the death benefit scheme is to see a rise in payouts to £25,000.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), said: "Despite a continuing challenging market and bleak outlook for some time to come, we are pleased to have been able to reach this agreement with Unite."

He added that BATJIC has worked tirelessly to ensure a fair deal for staff in the construction and development sector and this latest deal represents a continued commitment by the group to provide improving standards within the industry despite the backdrop of financial and economic unrest which continues to hinder the UK's return to pre-recession activity levels.

It is hoped that the agreement will reward hard-working employees while at the same time guaranteeing jobs can be safeguarded across the industry for the years to come - something which both Unite and BATJIC wish to ensure.

The news follows recent comments from Mr Berry in which he claimed greater support for the UK's construction sector and its small to medium-sized developers in particular could play a key role in a sustained economic recovery for the country over the coming months.

An FMB statement at the time read: "Our members are ready to help Britain build its way back to growth, in the process helping meet the spiralling housing crisis and improving energy efficiency in homes and businesses. But we can't do this alone." 

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