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Wage deal concluded for building services operatives

22 July 2016

Negotiations between the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) and the Unite trade union have resulted in a 2% rise in operative pay rates, it was announced yesterday.

Effective from October this year, the rate will rise to 2.5% from October 2017.

Further talks between the two organisations are due to place later this year, with the aim of agreeing wage levels from September 2018.

The terms applied are part of the BESA National Agreement for operatives in the building engineering services trades, many of which are relevant to the FM sector.

It was reported that Unite initially requested a four-year agreement from October 2016, including significant increases to wages and benefits.

Adjustments were made during talks for a two-stage agreement and stepped increased, considered to be more appropriate in the current economic climate.

Weekly sickness and accident benefits and holiday pay rates will rise in line with salary increases, with annual paid holiday entitlements increasing by one day to 24 days per year from February 2020.

The BESA director of employment and skills Peter Rimmer said: "As we enter a period of economic uncertainty following the EU referendum, it is important that businesses can plan for the future safe in the knowledge that labour costs will be maintained at a sustainable level, while also providing operatives with a fair return for the vital skills they provide to the industry and its clients."

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