The Labour Court public consultation process on the variation of the Sectoral Employment Order ("SEO") for Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Contractors is closing soon. The deadline for submissions by interested parties is 5pm on 24 September 2019.
The background to the Labour Court consultation process and review exercise is that Connect Trade Union and Unite the Union submitted a request to the WRC on 30 July 2019 for a review and variation of the existing SEO (S.I. 59/2018). The current SEO came into effect on 6 March, 2018. https://www.labourcourt.ie/en/publications/sectoral-employment-orders/section-14-request-mechanical-engineering-building-services-contracting-sector.
Recently, the two trade unions agreed variations in relation to pay scales with one employer body, the Mechanical Engineering and Building Services Contractors' Association. The trade unions now wish to extend the scope of the agreement sector wide.
The category of workers affected includes both qualified and apprentice plumbers and pipefitters in the mechanical engineering building services contracting sector, together with workers in that category with welding qualifications and experience. The terms and conditions which are in scope for review are: