Kier workers vote to go on strike
Politics / Tue 20th Aug 2013 pm31 01:51pm
WORKERS at council contractor Kier Services have voted to strike over plans to change their pay date.
Members of construction union UCATT voted by almost three to one in favour of strike action.
Kier provides maintenance and repairs for Harlow Council.
The company wants to change the date workers are paid from the 15th to the 28th of each month.
UCATT said its members believed the change was “a precursor to further attacks on their pay and conditions”.
The union said 74.4% of votes in the ballot were in favour of strike action and 86.3% agreed to industrial action short of strike action.
Dates for any possible strike action have not yet been determined.
Steve Murphy, UCATT general secretary, said: “I hope that Kier’s management now understands the depth of anger among our workers on this issue.
“Kier and UCATT now need to negotiate a resolution to this dispute.”
Kier has yet to comment.
Why rush into strike action? Unions must learn better negotiation skills than this. If they'd sat down and brought this in over two months, so workers get paid every five weeks - with pay dates moving from the 15th to the 22nd/23rd and then to month end everything would work out better for all! Strikes only create bad relationships between company and workers - leaving the people of Harlow as the losers!