Protests are edging despite the controversial BESNA agreement being led by ecA`s rival trade organization, the HVCA Building, which revealed last month that BBES was the first contractor to separate ties with the 111-year-old organ. Crown House and SPIE Matthew Hall want to follow suit. Mr. Moore asked for “association and agreement” and questioned the justification for the Court`s lawsuit. Contractors claim that they have been working for decades under the weight of outdated pay and conditioning agreements, and the situation has a terrible impact on their ability to earn work. Blane Judd, chief executive of HVCA, says British contractors lose to international competitors. Judd says: “It`s about gaining jobs and securing jobs. If we continue as we are, we could have 1000 electricians unemployed – what good is it for anyone? It also argues that the four overlapping JIB agreements that will replace BESNA are outdated, costly and ineffective. ECA Director General Bratt said in a statement: “It is disappointing that these seven contractors continue to advance this agreement at the expense of the industry and we urge them to find a collaborative and sustainable solution.
Unite argues that the contractors` discourse on the reform of DMs is a pretext for their real intention to reduce wages. Contractors vehemently dispute this and claim that the level of workers` wages is guaranteed under BESNA. However, the union is concerned about companies` determination to impose wage and packaging proposals without their consent. But Bernard McAulay, Unite`s national construction chief, says contractors should back up and reform the JIB agreement, adding that he is confident that Unite members will support strike action among the seven contractors. The decision of seven major merger contractors to detach themselves from the 40-year wage contract was triggered by an “urgent need for modernization,” but it has already provoked tough clashes between workers and police. The construction reports of a series that is likely to become the biggest dispute over labour relations in the sector in 15 years. The collapse of a decades-old distinction between machinery workers and electrical workers and contractors is at the heart of the plans of heavy goods companies. The new proposals – the Building Engineering Services National Agreement (BESNA) set a set of wages and conditions for mechanical and electrical workers to replace the countless separate competing agreements that are currently in place.