Ireland/UK: Construction workers’ unions agree to merger

Two construction unions in the UK and Ireland have agreed to merge.

Ireland’s Technical Engineering & Electrical Union (TEEU) and the UK’s Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) concluded the ‘heads of agreement’ which will see members of both organisations covered by transfer of undertakings regulations.

Officially, TEEU represents up to 40,000 members, while UCATT has a stated membership of 15,000 in Ireland, though it is understood the actual membership figure is around the 8,000 mark.

Both unions have suffered membership falls during the crisis of the past six to seven years.

The merged union may take a new name.

There have also been talks with the Irish plasterers’ union, the Operative Plasterers & Allied Trades Society of Ireland (OPATSI) on a possible merger with TEEU and UCATT.

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