Representatives of the Congress Construction Industry Committee (CIC) met today (Thursday, 3rd August) with members of the Construction Industry Federation. In a letter to CIC unions concerning the meeting Congress Industrial Officer, Liam Berney, stated: “Liam Berney from Congress, Greg Ennis from SIPTU, Andy Smith from BATU, Barry Murphy from OPASTI and Paddy Kavanagh from the TEEU attended the meeting. Tom Fitzgerald from UNITE sent an apology advising that for personal reasons, that had arisen at short notice, he was unable to attend. At meeting the CIC representatives outlined that we were seeking: •    The implementation of the Labour Court Recommendation with affect from the 13th July 2017; and •    The agreement of the employers to pay, as a minimum, one hours travel time per day to every worker in the construction sector. “The employers responded by advising that while they would have to give careful consideration to what we had sought, the prevailing industrial relations difficulties in the sector made in very difficult for them to negotiate any agreement. The employers did however accept that any arrangements currently in place for the payment of travel time were not affected by the Labour Court Recommendation and that workers currently in receipt of these payments would continue to receive them. “The employers have agreed to revert to me in due course with their considered view.”