The new wage offer, which will apply to more than 1,000 construction workers, provides that Hinkley Point employees will receive 36% more than the minimum wages agreed by the construction sector and the joint council, which constitute the national civil engineering agreement, and show a 2.9% increase in the maximum gross salary compared to previous agreements. The wage increase will include a portion of the previous bonuses in the base salary of employees. This means that leave pay, overtime and pension contributions will also increase. We practice the higher form of employment conditions of the CIJC WRA called CESA – The Civil Engineering Agreement. The Cesa agreement guarantees top-not only pay packages for workers, including Peter Hughes, Unite`s regional secretary, and said: “This is a pioneering agreement that will now set the pay rate bar for flagship projects across the UK. The agreed rates of pay at Hinkley Point will provide a significant boost to the local economy and, with the project`s ambitious learning program, will generate much-needed skills increases and investments in the Southwest region. EDF`s determination to negotiate an agreement was essential to ensure that wage negotiations were resolved satisfactorily. As you know, our respective negotiating teams have been working for almost two years to reach agreement on a number of work-related issues. Despite good faith, vigorous discussions and hard work, we have not been able to find an amicable solution on some issues.
A good craftsman who works 48 hours a week would earn $45,000 a year before bonuses and allowances are awarded under the new wage agreement. The agreement ensures that the project, despite its remoteness from major metropolises, can attract the best people. We also agreed that if the vote and the enterprise agreement approved by the Commission for Fair Work were successful, the enterprise agreement would be operational for a period of three years from the date of approval of the Fair Labour Commission. We plan to resume negotiations on the next enterprise agreement in 2019.