Members of Britain’s largest union, Unite, working for Tarmac Building Products, are to start a programme of industrial action next week in a dispute over cuts to pay and two tier working.
The dispute at the concrete block plant in Stanford Le Hope, Essex, centres on terms and conditions for new starters which, the union claim, will create a two tier workforce with new starters being paid less pay than existing colleagues.
There will be a series of 24 hour strikes with the first scheduled for Tuesday 30 January, with further strikes on 6, 8 20, 22 February and then on 20 and 22 March.
Unite Regional Officer Guy Langston said: “Unite’s members have made it totally clear they will simply not accept their terms and conditions being eroded. Tarmac’s plan to cut pay for new starters is the thin edge of the wedge. Our members believe that if this is unchallenged it will lead to further attacks on terms and conditions.”
After Unite served the notice for strike action Tarmac suggested further talks which will take place on Wednesday 24 January. However unless substantial progress is made the strikes will continue as planned.
A spokesperson for Tarmac said: “We are continuing the ongoing conversations with Unite and our employees, and hope to resolve this amicably.
“The vast majority of terms have been agreed and we hope that the union will continue to work with us to reach an amicable solution, enabling us to grow our business sustainably for the long term.
“In the meantime, we are executing our business continuity plans to ensure we continue to service our customers if industrial action goes ahead.