John Regan said: “We are calling on the Government to confirm it is preparing an appeal of the High Court decision to the Supreme Court. The decision, if un-appealed, could have a knock-on effect on all SEOs that cover the minimum pay for worker grades in the construction industry and also have implications for their sick pay and pension entitlements.

“Given that the COVID-19 crisis is ongoing with a real possibility of a second wave of the virus, construction workers must be assured that they have income protection if they have to go into self-isolation or attract the virus and, if they are unfortunate enough to lose their life, that their death in service benefit will be there for their loved ones.”          

SIPTU Divisional Organiser, Karan O’Loughlin said: “If industrial action is required against any employer who fails to honour the current terms of the SEO this Union will take it on behalf of our members.”