A survey of NECI members has indicated that in excess of 200 new jobs have been created since the demise of the REA (Registered Employment Agreement) system on the 9th of May. The creation of these highly paid jobs has been possible because contractors are now free from the restrictive terms that had been agreed between approximately 30 of the large employers in the sector and one trade union. Contractors who were surveyed expressed relief that they can now operate their business free from the shackles of the REA and without fear of reprisals from any trade union.
NECI members are also delighted that 200 Irish electricians can remain at home and do not have to join the thousands of electricians who have had to resort to emigration to make a living. It is ironic that the union that claims to represent Irish Electricians is actually promoting this forced emigration of electricians on their website. It should now be clear that well educated Irish electricians are well able to agree mutually acceptable terms and conditions with employers in our industry. Information gathered from the survey indicates that the rates of pay offered in these new jobs are all well in excess of twice the minimum wage. Members also indicated relief that they are no longer obliged to waste money on non preforming pension schemes. NECI are not surprised that the scaremongering by trade unions, forecasting the collapse of terms and conditions when the unconstitutional REA system was disbanded in May has not come to pass.
Our survey also clearly indicates that electrical contractors who were operating various schemes to avoid the unsustainable terms agreed between the parties to the REA have now legitimised the situation. Many expressed relief that they are now free to create employment without fear of being hauled before the Labour Court at the behest of an unrepresentative union.
We would once again like to assure our members that we will ensure that out members will never again be obliged to apply the terms of an agreement which has been agreed by others.