The UK-based Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA) has stressed its commitment to the process of harmonising working terms and conditions across the country's mechanical and electrical sectors.
The Association is currently working with the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and the Scottish trade association for the electrical industry, SELECT, to reform the industrial relations culture across the building services engineering industry. "We are working closely with the ECA and SELECT to develop a single working rule agreement covering the two disciplines...excellent progress has been made," stated HVCA president John Miller.
The HVCA hopes that sufficient consensus will have been achieved among the employers bodies by mid-2008 for meaningful dialogue to begin with the trade union in the second half of the year.
"Probably the principal issue yet to be fully resolved is the precise nature of the infrastructure required to administer a combined agreement," Miller acknowledged. He stressed that the Joint Industry Board for the Electrical Contracting Industry, for example, has "no locus whatsoever as far as the mechanical sector is concerned".
"HVCA members remain resolute in their belief that a new, purpose-built framework is required to accommodate new relationships, new working practices and new technologies," Miller stated.
The initiative is being carried out independently from discussions that are currently underway on convergence of the ECA and HVCA to form a single body for the M&E contracting sector.
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