28 November 2014
Sheffield city road traffic electricians strike in pay dispute
Highly skilled road traffic electricians, employed by Amey LG limited at the Olive Grove depot in Sheffield will be taking part in a 24 hour strike action on Monday 1 December with further action planned on the 22 December in a continuing dispute over pay and the loss of their terms and conditions.
Unite, the country’s biggest union, which represents the team of nine electricians who maintain Sheffield city’s road traffic signals and lighting, says that Amey’s paltry 1.7 per cent pay ‘bribe’ in exchange for their terms and conditions will leave the workers earning less than the company’s lower skilled labourers.
Formerly employed by Sheffield City council, the electricians, who were TUPE transferred (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment regulations) to Amey when the council outsourced its road traffic maintenance contracts, are facing the loss of up to £500 a year as the company seeks to axe their terms and conditions without proper compensation.
The Unite members, who voted by a 88.9 per cent majority to reject the company’s 1.7 per cent pay offer, will strike from 00:01 Monday on 1 December with a picket outside the Olive Grove depot, Olive Grove Road, Sheffield, S2 3GE. A further one day’s strike is planned on 22 December.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s strike, Shane Sweeting, Unite regional officer said: “Our members have been left with no option but to strike after Amey’s refusal to properly compensate them for the loss of their terms and conditions.
“The company’s plans will leave the team of nine highly skilled electricians based at the Olive Grove depot seriously out of pocket and earning less than low skilled workers.
“We believe the public will agree that it is unfair to expect a skilled workforce to accept a serious erosion to their terms and conditions that will leave them significantly poorer. Amey’s proposals fail to recognise our members’ training and skills.
“Unite is calling on Amey management to get back around the table to settle this dispute to avoid any further disruption.
For more information please contact, Unite campaigns officer Chantal Chegrinec on 0777414677