Derbyshire crane workers announce 12-day strike
Unite members working for a Derbyshire crane firm have announced 12 days’ strike action in a dispute over pay.
Production staff at Street Crane’s Chapel-en-le-Frith factory voted unanimously for action after rejecting a 2.5% pay offer for the year starting July 2018.
The first of the 24 hour stoppages is scheduled to start at midnight on Monday, followed by strikes on October 22 and 29, and November 5. If the dispute is not settled by then, four 48-hour stoppages will go ahead on November 12, 19 and 26, and December 3.
Unite regional coordinating officer Shaun Lee said: “We have met with a brick wall, as the management have refused to negotiate in a constructive fashion.
“Our members have rejected the 2.5 per cent offer as they face rising household bills demonstrated by the retail price index (RPI) which is currently running at 3.5 per cent.
“The fact that our members voted by 100 per cent for strike action and that this is the first industrial action in 20 years shows the depth of anger our dedicated members feel at the hardline attitude adopted by this profitable company.
“The strikes will hit orders to the firm’s customer base, which is an added incentive for the management to come to the table and negotiate a fair settlement for our members.”
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