Hampshire highway workers threaten to strike over attempts to cut pay and conditions


Union reps are today embarking on last-ditch talks to avert a strike ballot at Amey over plans to cut the pay and conditions of 200 highway workers.

In 2008 the company signed a seven-year contract with Hampshire County Council to maintain the county’s 5,000 miles of roads and footways – including winter gritting – with an extension signed earlier this year, taking the contract up to 2016. Now Amey wants to cut pay their pay and conditions.

GMB regional officer Adrian Baker said: “GMB members employed by Amey Highways Hampshire are joining ranks with their colleagues from Unite and UNISON to defend their position on the cuts to pay and terms and conditions the contractor wants to impose.

“There has already been a long drawn-out grievance process. There will be last-ditch talks today when we meet with the company on this dispute. The company should be in no doubt that we will seek to defend the Standard Operating Model, resist annualised hours and maintain their current contracted pay and benefits.

“It is the company that has created the position whereby members of the three largest unions in the UK have come together to oppose the proposals on the table.

“A consultative ballot of all union members working on highways has shown 100% support for industrial action.

“Should the company chose not to listen to their workforce and refuse to reconsider their position then,  with winter approaching, there is a real prospect of industrial action impacting Hampshire’s roads this winter.

“This is the clear message from all union members to Amey. The contractor made an operating profit of £84 million last year and now are seeking to push down pay and benefits currently enjoyed by the workforce.”

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