Will Labour Court split the difference in construction pay row?

Construction sector workers have lodged a claim for a 12 per cent pay rise over three years. Given that labour costs account for 40 per cent of the price of building a house, that is likely to reduce the output from the state’s social house building programme

5th March, 2019
Construction work at the National Children's Hospital project. Pic: RollingNews.ie

It is often tricky for a big union to represent the interests of one membership sector without affecting the fortunes of another.

SIPTU is a case in point. It is taking part in the ‘Raise the Roof’ campaign to demand that everyone in the state be given a legal right to housing.

The construction workers are also seeking the introduction of a one-hour travelling allowance per day for every worker, which building companies...

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