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Terminal 5 workers reject new deal

by Matt Grabham
Issue No. 1986

Some 850 construction workers at Heathrow Terminal 5 are striking for three days this week over the firm Laing O’Rourke’s refusal to match other employers on the site by paying a £1 an hour bonus.

Workers rejected an increased offer of 67p an hour bonus by four to one in a secret ballot on Friday of last week.

Some 97 percent of the workforce voted on this deal, which bosses offered after earlier strikes. Three cross-union workplace meetings voted for the strike unanimously.

Longford roundabout had over 200 pickets this Tuesday morning.

Dave, a T&G union member, said, “The deal is better than what they offered initially. They said they couldn’t afford more than 22p an hour. They can afford to pay us what we deserve. We’re prepared to fight for it.”

John said, “On this job, if it wasn’t for the organisation of the members, the union would have accepted long ago. We’re not just fighting for our jobs, but the strength of the unions, so that people who work on future projects get treated better.”

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Sat 4 Feb 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1986
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