Rogue employers tear up contracts and tell Unite members: “Sign inferior deal or lose your job”


Construction workers in London and Salford are today protesting over plans to cut their pay by 30 per cent.

The Unite members have been issued an ultimatum by their employers: either sign an inferior contract, or lose your job.

A Unite spokesperson said: “Our members are furious about this attack by these so-called reputable companies aimed at reducing our members’ income by up to a third.

“The companies are trying to bulldoze their plans through by ripping long-standing national agreements without any negotiation. These rogue employers should pull back from the brink as their brutal onslaught on workers’ skills, pay, and terms and conditions is causing widespread anger among workers.”

Unite members will be demonstrating outside Farringdon station in London between 6.30 and 8am, and outside MediaCityUK in Salford between 10 and 11am.

The employers want to withdraw from long-held agreements and replace them with a new deal to allow them to introduce semi-skilled grades and dictate, rather than negotiate, on pay, holiday entitlement, overtime, and what constitutes away work.

But five of the eight have upped the stakes. Balfour Beatty, Crown House Technologies, Spie Matthew Hall, Shepherd Engineering Services and NG Bailey have issued Unite with legal notice of their intention to dismiss, with notice, thousands of employees before re-engaging them on new inferior contracts.

* Unite members will also be protesting outside Total Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Lincolnshire on Monday, between 6.30 and 8am.


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