The TEEU is currently circulating unsolicited information to Registered Electrical Contractors. This information contains increased Electricians pay rates agreed privately between the Union and the employer associations ECA/CIF and the AECI and is signed by Brian Nolan of the TEEU.
It is not mandatory (even for members of ECA/CIF and AECI) to apply these pay rates for their employees. To counteract any possible misunderstanding NECI has no issue with any pay rates which any employer agree with its own employees. What we do take issue with is the TEEU portraying their private agreement between two Employer associations who represent less that 10% of the Employers in our industry as an agreement which is mandatory for all employers in the sector.
NECI intends to write to the Labour Court and get them to confirm in writing that the pay scale contained in the private agreement between TEEU is not a legal requirement for all employers in the industry. We will circulate the Labour Courts response as soon as it is received.
For the avoidance of any doubt, there is currently no legally binding pay agreement operating in the electrical contracting sector. All employers are free to agree mutually agreeable rates on a one to one basis with their employees.