Increase in the minimum pay rates for workers in the construction and electrical contracting sectors disappointing

Friday, 10 May 2019

The Small Firms Association (SFA), today said that the decision by Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD to approve the recommendations from the Labour Court for new minimum pay rates in the construction and electrical contracting sectors is disappointing.

SFA Director, Sven Spollen-Behrens said: "The approval of new minimum pay rates for workers in the construction and electrical contracting sectors is disappointing for small businesses working in these industries. Due to the high demand for tradesmen on building sites across the country, service providers in the construction and electrical sector are finding it difficult to compete against these labour rates, and to retain and attract tradesmen. These small businesses also offer permanent stable employment, training and upskilling alongside additional benefits, it is discouraging that the debate on terms and conditions in the construction and electrical sector continues to revolve around one single number and does not take the broader package on offer into account”.

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