Your bargaining team met for talks with Metals employers over the last three days – one day of claims and two days of bargaining.
The big issue for us this year is the rise in the minimum wage and the effect this has had on the relativities of paid rates for those covered by the Metals MECA.
There were valuable discussions around how to resolve this and now both parties have agreed on a common approach.
We have adjourned bargaining for the moment while we await the employers’ response on some issues.
There is another day set aside for bargaining on Friday, 19 July but discussions are continuing via video conference.
Your bargaining team.