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Unite members approve Balfour Beatty strike

Members of Unite have approved strike action against Balfour Beatty.

03 February 2012

Balfour Beatty may need to use union bargaining specialists, as Unite members in the company have voted to take industrial action.

Ventilation and heating engineers, plumbers and electricians approved the strike with a two to one majority (67 per cent to 32 per cent, with 1 per cent of ballot papers spoilt) in opposition to the de-skilling of construction staff and the termination of Joint Industry Board agreements.

Unite claimed this could lead to worse terms and conditions for employees, as well as pay cuts of as much as 30 per cent.

The strike could impact notable projects including those at Grangemouth, Sellafield and Crossrail.

"Our members know that Balfour Beatty is a vastly profitable company and that it has no need whatsoever to rob them of their livelihoods so that it can increase its profits," Unite national officer Bernard McAulay stated.

The trade group is the biggest union in the UK, with 1.5 million members in it covering a wide range of workplaces.

Posted by Ken Hayes

Source: Unite press release, February 2nd

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