Statement by ECA Group CEO, Steve Bratt in response to reports of planned protests by electrical workers at the ECA Annual Dinner:
We have heard that there may be protests at our Annual Dinner. It is unfortunate that ECA is being caught up in this, as the argument is not with us, but with HVCA as architects of the proposed BESNA agreement. With so many conflicting reports flying around, it is hardly surprising that there is general confusion as to who is to blame. The fact is, the people they wish to petition will not be at the ECA Annual Dinner as they are part of the breakaway group in favour of the BESNA agreement as opposed to the JIB agreement, which ECA and the rest of our colleagues in the Building Services sector are working hard to modernise. This is yet further evidence that the proposed BESNA agreement put forward by HVCA is causing anger, bad feeling and confusion in the industry.
We recognise that change does need to happen and as mentioned, through the Industry Modernisation Forum, we are working collaboratively with our colleagues in the building services sector to achieve an agreement which is acceptable to all and not just the few. It is only through collaboration that this issue will be resolved.