CEMEX UK has announced that it has “robust contingency plans” in place to manage any industrial action by members of the Unite union.
The company said: “On 8th May CEMEX UK was advised by UNITE that the ballot of HGV cement tanker drivers seeking approval for industrial action in delivery of bulk cement was legal and valid, and that members voted for industrial action. UNITE has today informed CEMEX UK that it intends to call upon its members to take part in a continuous work to rule starting 00:01hrs 22nd May 2017. Unite also intends to call upon its members to take part in discontinuous strike action consisting of a 24 hour stoppage commencing at 00:01hrs on 26th May 2017.
“We will ensure a continued supply of bulk cement to all of our customers. Supply of all other CEMEX UK products is not affected by this ballot.
“The offer made to our HGV cement tanker drivers, representing fewer than two and a half percent of the CEMEX UK workforce, is the same as that already in place for the rest of our 3,000 UK employees and relates to the pay increase awarded for last year (2016). CEMEX UK continues to proactively seek positive engagement with all our drivers and UNITE.”