The initial enactment was published on May 24, 2019. However, fares and travel scales had been miscalculated and this enactment replaces them with the right numbers. Businesses that have already been paid according to the old standards should not be aligned, but the new correct scales contained in this debate should be implemented as soon as possible. Although they are voluntary, their use as a guide helps to create a level playing field in the construction industry. The agreement provides for different rates of compensation for each kilometre between 15 and 75 kilometres, but this table shows only the distance inside and the other 5 km. You can question an allowance paid for a distance of 5 km if it is not located between the upper and lower limits for the 5km band. Such agreements can help avoid labour disputes and facilitate the negotiation process between a very large number of different employers and workers. In addition, expenses such as travel and accommodation paid to workers under an EEA are not accounted for as tax revenue. The agreed wage agreement also provides for an increase in the workers` allowance based on the percentage increase in rates of pay, the increase in non-taxable transportation costs in line with inflation and the increase in accommodation allowances by 7.8% to reach $40 per night in 2018. Accommodation allowance will increase in 2019 in line with inflation. “Over the next two years, we will work to further strengthen the agreement and ensure that it is brought into line with other agreements in all areas and that it is considered relevant on major projects. Construction [workers] must remain vigilant for employers to effectively pay agreed rates of pay.
Too often, employers in the construction sector try to increase their profits by not paying the agreed increases. The wage agreement between the Unite and GMB unions provides that employees will receive a 3.2% pay increase from 25 June 2018. This brings the hourly minimum rates of craftsmen such as carpenters, masons and painters to $12.31 per hour, and the minimum wage for workers to $9.26 per hour.