Construction Sector
Organises workers on building projects that are both public and private. SIPTU organisers and activists constantly monitor the sector to ensure compliance by employers with collective agreements. Workers in the oil exploration industry are also organised within this Sector.

Construction Sector Organiser:

Martin Meere
Tel: 01 8586409                                                         

SIPTU representatives have welcomed the enacting of a Sectoral Employment Order (SEO) which sets minimum rates of pay in the construction industry as an “important first step” for workers in securing decent terms and conditions.

SIPTU TEAC Division Organiser, Greg Ennis, said: “The SEO establishes legally binding new minimum rates of pay for the various grades of construction worker. These are for the craft grade €18.93 per hour, for technical operatives (Grade A/Category 2) €18.36 per hour, skilled and semi-skilled operatives (Grade B and C/Category 1) €17.04 per hour and for new entrants €13.77 per hour.

“In general this sees an increase of approximately 10% on the rates applicable to all grades under the Registered Employment Agreement (REA) for the industry which was valid until 2013, when it was struck down by the Supreme Court. In the case of new entrants the rate stays the same. For crane operatives the 10% extra is in addition to an increased allowance, which in effect amounts to a 25% increase in their basic pay, which was secured for them by SIPTU from 5th June, 2017. The SEO also makes progress in relation to sick pay and pension entitlements for our members."

He added: “SIPTU members will continue to campaign to have this SEO applied retrospectively to the 13th July 2017, the date on which the Labour Court issued its recommendation. We will also seek to secure a minimum one-hour travel time payment for workers who are currently not in receipt of it.”

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