BESNA deal dead and buried

Grant Prior 4 years ago
Share

The BESNA deal is “finished” after M&E contractors decided to follow Balfour Beatty’s lead and abandon the reforms.

electricians protest sparks

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services dramatically pulled-out of the BESNA deal last week following pressure from union Unite and rank-and-file sparks.

The move left the six remaining firms – NG Bailey, Crown House, Gratte Brothers, Spie Matthew Hall, Shepherd Engineering Services and T Clarke – in the lurch.

The Enquirer understands there is a split between the six over strategy.

But one source close to the situation said: “One thing is definite, BESNA is finished.

“Some of the firms will instantly follow Balfour’s lead and pull out of the deal.

“But others are standing back with a watching brief.

“We have signed-up more than 90% of workers to the new terms and conditions which will make them between £40 and £100 a week better off.

“How do you turn round and take that away from them now? We’ll leave that one to the union to explain.”

Balfour is still hoping to modernise the M&E sector and Unite has agreed to “wide-ranging talks on modernising the industry” via the trade associations.

But one industrial relations expert told the Enquirer: “Talk about modernising the sector has been going on for years.

“We nearly got there then Balfour Beatty pulled the rug with its last minute pull-out.

“This was the chance to drag the industry into the twenty first century and Balfour bottled it.

“I can’t see how they can try again after handing the initiative to Unite like that.”

Latest news

Brexit fears send site wages soaring to £1,000 a week

Bricklayers now earning £25 an hour as skills shortages set to intensify if UK votes to leave Europe
6 hours ago

Small companies being left behind by “BIM divide”

Smaller firms missing out on the benefits of computer modelling warns Morgan Sindall
54 mins ago

Local contractors urged to chase £6bn schools deal

SME leaders encourage member firms to go for places on massive education framework
5 hours ago

Renew hits acquisition trail as profits soar

Engineering services specialist delivers record results in first six months
6 hours ago

Green light for £2.6bn Scottish windfarm

Construction to start this year on huge infrastructure investment
22 hours ago

Skanska jv wins £100m National Grid Humber tunnel

Gas pipeline will be the longest in a tunnel, inserted in a single string in the world
1 day ago

New finance director for Clugston

Ian Pattison joins from Aim-listed office services group Restore
5 hours ago

Gilbert-Ash seals £21m Oldham theatre revamp

Work to start on Oldham Coliseum and library revamp
6 hours ago

Demolition starts for £400m Marble Arch Place

Brookfield Multiplex will replace 1960s Hyde Park tower with mixed-use development
1 day ago

Manchester Uni suspends £170m student halls as bids soar

University goes back to the drawing board as builders fail to meet target price
1 day ago

Wates lands £30m Farnborough exhibition centre job

Construction to start in September to expand home of famous airshow
1 day ago

Famous film labs to be turned into £120m resi scheme

Weston Homes to start revamp of Denham site where Star Wars and James Bond were created
1 day ago

Farrans bags £33m London special needs school

Oaklands 224-pupil special needs school will be built in Hounslow
1 day ago

Rowecord returns to structural steel fabrication

Group's Braithwaite Engineers business sets up new facility in Port Talbot
1 day ago

ISG wins Oxford Uni laboratory scheme

Work due to start in next few weeks on the complex new-build and refurbishment project
1 day ago

Russells to start Manchester £40m Axis resi tower

Work set to start on 28-floor block of flats almost a decade after plans first approved
1 day ago

Jail for phantom house builders

Fraudsters swindled tax man out of £500,000 for bogus building materials
1 day ago

Northern Line Tube Extension cost to soar by £240m

Battersea Power station developer in talks with TfL over who should foot major design change bill
4 days ago

Builders confirmed for £14bn Wylfa nuclear power station

Hitachi, Bechtel and JGC Corporation JV signs deal for Anglesey project
4 days ago

Bid race starts for £135m Dover Harbour revamp

Western Docks construction programme to start before the end of the year
4 days ago

Construction employers in “final” 5.25% pay offer

Contractors claim they have been 'pushed to the limit" during pay negotiations
4 days ago

Miller Homes fined £100,000 over silt pollution in river

Storage lagoons at Huddersfield site discharged silt into Grimescar Dyke
5 days ago

Huge vibration fine for construction pipe maker

£200,000 fine is latest massive penalty since change to sentencing guidelines
5 days ago

Plans for £150m shed scheme in St Helens

Bericote Properties is planning a 1.4m sq ft shed scheme next to Haydock Industrial Estate
4 days ago

EFA plans new £6bn schools construction framework

Nottingham 'boot camp' days planned for revamped Government schools framework
5 days ago

£55m builder quits four Inland Homes sites over payment row

Vantage Design and Build claims it is owed £4.2m in payment bust-up with developer
5 days ago

Skills shortages and utilities loss hamper North Midland

Contractor continues return to profit as focus now turns to margin improvements
5 days ago

End of UCATT as an independent construction union

Contractors concerned as building union votes for merger with rival Unite
6 days ago

Unite plans £40m Birmingham student halls project

Student accommodation specialist buys site for fourth major scheme in the city
5 days ago

Britcon wins £13.5m anaerobic digestion plant

Dagenham deal marks third projet for waste food recycler ReFood
5 days ago

Contractor services