The work is there… and it’ll stay there

In my last post but one, I suggested that one reason for the wildcat strikes was that there is work to go round and money to be had – it’s just not being offered to British workers.

I’ve just had a look at the pay claim submitted last October to the National Joint Council for the Engineering Construction Industry, which represents employers and trade unions and which sets nationally binding pay and conditions for engineering and construction workers. This is what it says:

“The current economic climate, widely publicised as the credit crunch, has caused some economic and industry commentators to question whether the robust growth that the UK construction industry has enjoyed in recent years will continue.

“In considering this we should be mindful of a number of objective facts. For example, it is worth noting that whilst the total volume of construction output fell by 0.5% between the first and second quarter of 2008, new infrastructure output grew by 7% over the same period. In addition it is worth noting that the latest Construction Skills Network Report forecasts that the infrastructure sector will experience the largest growth through to 2012, averaging 5.8% each year from 2008 to 2012.

 

“Whilst it is true that no one is currently in a situation to predict the medium term effect that the current economic slowdown will have on the UK construction industry as a whole, there a number of infrastructure projects and policy decisions that will ensure long term growth in the engineering construction sector.

“Even the most casual observer of UK economic and political debate cannot fail to appreciate the increasing importance that the UK energy production industry will have going forward into the future. Progressive Governments will have tough choices to make as they seek to balance targets for reducing carbon emissions with providing a stable foundation for economic growth, whilst at the same time reducing energy price inflation.”

Further proof, then, that the jobs are not only there, but they’ll stay there. In the circumstances, this dispute could run into next year in some shape or form. If the government is minded to take action in support of B****** j*bs for B***** workers, it will probably require European legislation, which would take years to draft, agree and enact. And if not, expect more trouble ahead.

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One Response to “The work is there… and it’ll stay there”

  1. Enoch Was Right Says:

    Chances of EU legislation are minimal to say the least, hence the attack on the strikers as xenophobic and racist.

    Not sure if the jobs’ll stay there though…

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