By Maximilian Clarke

Seven of the UK’s major construction companies are being referred to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) by Unite the union for breaking competition law after apparently ‘working together to set new pay and conditions’.

The complaint, the first of its kind made by a union, claims that the companies are breaking competition law by tearing up Joint Industry Boards’ agreements and working together as an illicit cartel to set new pay and conditions which have not met the approval of the union.

“These seven companies are trying to undermine long-standing agreements which have served this industry well for decades. These agreements acted as level playing field in the construction sector. By breaking away and paying significantly less, these employers will have a competitive advantage over other companies. We hope Balfour Beatty and the companies involved see sense in the face of the complaint we are making to the OFT.”

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