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Issue No. 1861

THE MOOD of militancy at Heathrow is not limited to BA workers. Over 1,000 workers on Heathrow's Terminal Five attended an unofficial mass meeting at the construction site last week over pay and conditions.

The workers rejected the deal put forward by the contractor, Laing O'Rourke. The GMB, the largest union on site, was due to start a consultative ballot this week. Depending on that vote, a strike ballot could follow.

The workers are furious that the promised pay rates on the Terminal Five construction, Britain's biggest building site, have never materialised. One worker told Construction News, 'Those high rates are dependent on bonuses, and the scheme is structured so that it's almost impossible to hit those targets.'

The workers are unhappy about lodgings allowances for those forced to travel many miles for work, the bonus scheme and working hours. 'The bonus scheme is a joke. Some men take home 10p an hour. There are so many problems with the original agreement that we want to strike,' one worker explained.

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Sat 26 Jul 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1861
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