Construction Sector Demonstration

5 Oct

Construction workers, who face up to 30 per cent pay cuts because rogue employers are tearing up long held national agreements, demonstrated in good numbers early this morning.

Over 100 local workers staged the latest in a series of ongoing nationwide demonstrations outside the Strathclyde Fire & rescue training centre project in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire.

The project site has been targeted for the protest as its contractor Balfour Beatty is one of the seven employers behind the breakaway move.  The focus of their anger are plans by Balfour Beatty and another six breakaway construction companies to withdraw from five long-held agreements and replace them with a new agreement which will allow employers to introduce semi-skilled grades and dictate rather than negotiate on pay, holiday entitlement, overtime, and what constitutes away work.

Five of the seven ‘majors’ have upped the stakes. Balfour Beatty, Crown House Technologies, Spie Matthew Hall, Shepherd Engineering Services and NG Bailey have issued Unite with legal notice of their intention to dismiss, with notice, thousands of employees before re-engaging them on new inferior contracts.

You can find out more about Unite’s campaigning efforts in this sector on the national website here.

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