by Tim Lezard UCATT has written to major contractors warning them not to use illegal agency workers to try to undermine the HTC Plant Ltd crane strike which begins tomorrow. The use of agency labour to undermine legal industrial action is prohibited un …

UCATTby Tim Lezard

UCATT has written to major contractors warning them not to use illegal agency workers to try to undermine the HTC Plant Ltd crane strike which begins tomorrow.

The use of agency labour to undermine legal industrial action is prohibited under employment law.

UCATT general secretarySteve Murphy said: “Any contractor that is contemplating the use of agency drivers to undermine this legitimate dispute should think again, such action will not go unchallenged. I would suggest contractors time and energy would be better spent persuading HTC to enter into meaningful negotiations that reflect the massive boom the industry is experiencing, in order to resolve this dispute”.

UCATT crane drivers employed by HTC Plant Ltd have announced three 24 hour strikes on successive Fridays on November 7th, 14th and 21st in a dispute over pay. The 180+ UCATT members voted, 94% in favour of strike action on a turnout in excess of 80%.

UCATT is also warning that if anyone undertakes crane driving duties without the full training and without being fully familiar with the particular crane, than there are huge safety implications for all workers on that construction site.

Steve Murphy said: “The safe use of tower cranes is the most safety critical part of any construction site, an accident or a driving error by a tower crane can have huge potential safety implications for all workers on a site.”

If workers believe that they are being placed in danger then they should immediately ensure their own safety and then seek further advice from UCATT.


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