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Crane drivers vote to strike over pay

Issue No. 2427

Crane operators could bring major construction sites across Britain to a halt after voting overwhelmingly for strikes.

Workers in the Ucatt union at crane hirer HTC have voted to strike in a dispute over pay.

Over 180 HTC crane drivers voted by 94 percent in favour of striking on a 80 percent turnout.

The union said it would announce dates and the nature of the industrial action by the end of this week.

Ucatt said sites that could be affected include: Crossrail, the London Bridge redevelopment, Nova Square Victoria, Elephant & Castle redevelopment and the Atomic Weapons Establishment at Aldermarston.

The union said the action would affect a number of major contractors including Kier, Lend Lease, Bam, Costain, Mace and Vinci.

Ucatt said that crane drivers at HTC have endured several pay freezes since 2008and also had many allowances cut.

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Tue 28 Oct 2014, 17:28 GMT
Issue No. 2427
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