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MJN Colston backs down on sparks dispute

One of the eight major M&E contractors attempting to break away from the JIB agreement has backed down from the plan in the face of significant protest.

MJN Colston has confirmed to the Unite union that it no longer wishes to withdraw from the long-established collective agreements and that it will now remain within the JIB.

The move follows weeks of major protests at construction sites across the country, the threat of strike action and calls to retender jobs awarded to the firms.

Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay said: “We are pleased that MJN Colston has seen sense and returned to the JIB.

“The last few weeks has seen large protests across the country.

“Our members are clearly angry at having their agreements torn up and being threatened with dismissal if they do not sign up to new inferior terms and conditions.

“The JIB was set up 40 years ago to end industrial unrest and introduce stability into the sector. Now because of the bullying way these companies are behaving we are seeing instability creeping back.

“We hope that Balfour Beatty, Crown House and the rest come back to the negotiating table so that we can move forward in a sensible and constructive way.”