Select, the trade association for the electrical contracting industry in Scotland, has agreed to a 2% wage increase from January 2017, followed by 2.5% in 2018, 2.75% in 2019 and 3% in 2020.
Other measures include the introduction of a new mileage allowance and mileage rate to replace travel allowance and travelling time, annual holiday increases to 23 days in 2019 and 24 days in 2020 and encouragement of apprentice recruitment.
Select chief negotiator Alick Smith said: “I am very pleased with the outcome of the negotiations – it is all the more welcome as it provides certainty at a time of considerable uncertainty in the wider economy. Having a four-year settlement gives Select, together with Unite, the opportunity to address broader issues and achieve agreement on long-term changes which are necessary to modernise the industry.”
Unite national officer Bernard McAulay said: “Our members have voted to accept a four-year wages and conditions settlement that will deliver industrial relations stability in a very difficult economic climate. The electrical contracting industry is changing at a pace and now is the time for the parties to address the challenges of tomorrow, ensuring our members are at the forefront of installing the latest hi-tech equipment which is central to delivering the next generation of low carbon buildings in the UK.”
Select says that its 1,200 members account for around 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland and employ 15,000 people.