UK: Drivers working for Hanson Cement are set to take strike action over what they have termed a ‘very unsatisfactory’ pay deal offer. The action is set to take place on one shift covering 26 - 27 February 2018 and will hit deliveries to and from the Padeswood plant near Mold, Wales. About 240 workers voted by 89% for strike action over the two-year pay deal.
The union Unite and the firm's management are holding last-ditch talks today (15 February 2018) in a bid to reach a settlement to avert strike action. The company is part of the HeidelbergCement Group.
The deal on offer is for a 2% pay increase from 1 January 2018, and a further increase in 2019 linked to inflation but capped at 3%.
Under the action drivers will also not spend overnights in their vehicles or use their cab phones between 26 February - 20 May 2018. They will withdraw ‘goodwill’ for the same three month period, i.e. not training of new or agency drivers.
Unite national officer for road transport Adrian Jones said, "Our members regard the two-year pay deal on the table as very unsatisfactory, given the current rate of inflation and soaring cost of living. The proposals also don't reflect the strong contribution that they make to the company's profitability.”
Hanson Cement said it had made a fresh 2.5% offer for 2018 and said further negotiations will take place. He added that they were hopeful about reaching a settlement that would avert strike action.