Unite Union Electricians Reject 5 Percent 2 Year Pay Deal

by Editor on August 17, 2014

Unite is the union of  thousands of electricians and labourers and is the country’s largest union. Members have overwhelmingly rejected a five per cent two-year pay deal in a consultative ballot.


The union Unite have balloted more than 7,000 electricians and labourers and by a large margin of 91 per cent they rejected the pay package of two per cent from January 2015 and three per cent from January 2016. The average pay of an electrician, working on the latest cutting-edge technology, is £29,000 a year.

Unite said that the offer was ‘woefully inadequate’, given soaring household bills.  A meeting of shop stewards from across the country next Monday (4 August) will decide the next steps, which could include an industrial action ballot.

Unite members are also angry that employers want to introduce a ‘new entrant’ grade with an 18 month probationary period with a pay rate 25 per cent  less than the labourers’ grade. The union regards this as ‘the slippery slope to a deskilled workforce’.

OnMonday 28 July 2014, Unite national officer for the construction industry Bernard McAulay called for the Electrical Contractors’ Association and its Scottish counterpart SELECT – which together represent more than 1,000 employers – to return to the negotiating table to engage in ‘genuine and meaningful’ pay negotiations for 2015 and 2016.

Bernard McAulay said: “The pay offer is woefully inadequate as the cost of living continues to soar. Pay packets are being eroded in real terms, while companies still chalk up handsome profits”

Commenting on the proposed ‘new entrant grade, Bernard McAulay criticised: “The cynical approach by both employer associations is yet another direct attack on our electrical members’ terms and conditions in a bid to drive down wages of highly skilled workers.

“The decisive result of the consultative ballot clearly demonstrates that the workforce cannot be bought off when the future stability of the electrical industry grading structure and hard won skills sets are being put at stake.”

He criticised employers who tried to sidestep national agreements through outsourcing work to so-called employment business service providers which supply workers who have few, if any, employment rights.

He added: “Unite will continue to fight very hard to ensure that electricians and labourers across the UK receive the pay and enjoy the terms and conditions that are clearly set-out in the national agreements. There will be no hiding place for bad employers.”


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Callum Reekie August 27, 2014 at 11:21

Hello everyone, does anyone know about 1970s FLEXEL heated ceiling systems?
White Rodgers from USA 30volts with individual room stats.
After a botched repair I am trying to get a room stat to go with this system and a wiring diagram. I don’t want to strip it all down as I am trying to save the old dear a large invoice.
Every room stat is the same apart from the living room which is the White Rogers type someone suggested this might be some type of master stat? Flexel the uk company didn’t start until the 1980s so unsure where to go.

mick lowrey August 25, 2014 at 17:25

Nothing wrong with being self employed as long as they pay the correct rates. If you have no contacts you rely on agency who take the proverbial

Editor August 25, 2014 at 16:20

What’s the problem with being self employed? Being a freelance electrician a great way to make a living and you’re not tied down to one employer. If you’re good at what you do you’ll be in demand and you’ll be in control of what you earn. Think outside of the box Mick!

Mick Lowrey August 17, 2014 at 19:42

Employers strike again. Have to be so called self employed because can’t get on books. They make a profit while we struggle on. Lets hope this changes

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