4 November 2014
Construction sites set for shutdown on Friday as crane drivers begin strike action
From UCATT: Major construction sites are set for severe disruption from this Friday (November 7th) as crane drivers employed by HTC Plant Limited begin industrial action.
The 180 plus crane drivers have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.
Three 24 hour stoppages have been called for successive Fridays (7th, 14th and 21st November). Due to how construction sites operate this is set to cause a huge amount of disruption.
A large number of sites across London and the rest of England are set to be affected including: Crossrail, the London Bridge redevelopment, Nova Square Victoria, the Elephant and Castle redevelopment and the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermarston.
Major construction contractors set to be affected include: Kier, Lend Lease, Bam, Costain, Mace and Vinci.
Since the recession in 2008 crane drivers at HTC have experienced several pay freezes and their pay has plummeted in real terms. UCATT had previously attempted to undertake pay negotiations with HTC but the company did not table an offer that came close to the expectations of members.
Steve Murphy, General Secretary of construction union UCATT, said: “Construction sites are facing massive disruption because HTC have failed to make a realistic pay offer to our members.”
– See more at: http://www.ucatt.org.uk/construction-sites-set-shutdown-friday-crane-drivers-begin-strike-action#sthash.yQfJCXTT.dpuf