by Tim Lezard Major construction sites are braced for severe disruption from Friday as crane drivers employed by HTC Plant Limited begin industrial action. The 180 UCATT members have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay …

craneby Tim Lezard

Major construction sites are braced for severe disruption from Friday as crane drivers employed by HTC Plant Limited begin industrial action.

The 180 UCATT members have overwhelmingly voted in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay.

Three 24-hour stoppages have been called for successive Fridays. 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.

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “Construction sites are facing massive disruption because HTC have failed to make a realistic pay offer to our members.”


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