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Kier strike “called off”

Politics / Mon 2nd Sep 2013 am30 11:55am

YH understands that the proposed strike by employees of council contractor Kier Harlow has been called off.

The strike was to be organised by the Union of Construction and Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) but it looks now as if the
dispute over plans to change the pay date of workers has been settled.

Originally, Kier said the move was designed to align the monthly payroll process across the entire group.

They had also stressed that they were committed to working with the unions.

Three-quarters of UCATT members in North Tyneside, Stoke, Islington, Gosport and Southend (who took part in the ballot) voted for strike action

The union now claims that as a result of the ballot the company has made a number of concessions to workers.

UCATT general secretary Steve Murphy said: “Kier have seen sense and listened to the genuine concerns of our members.

“This dispute was entirely preventable. Through negotiations we have reached agreement which will result in no detriment to the workers concerned.”

A response is awaited from Harlow Council.

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