Cemex drivers ballot on strike action
HGV drivers have started voting for industrial action in a pay dispute which could lead to supplies to Heathrow and infrastructure projects, such as the Mersey Gateway being disrupted. The 74 HGV drivers, based at four depots in Rugby, Warwickshire, Tilbury, Essex, Barton-on-Humber, north Lincolnshire and Newport in South Wales will be balloted for a programme of industrial action through the spring and into the summer Warning of project delays if drivers back industrial action, Unite called on Cemex to offer a pay deal which better reflects the contribution drivers make to the business.
Cemex offered the drivers a 1.6% increase in pay and allowances backdated to 1 July 2016.
Adrian Jones, Unite national officer for road transport, said: “Members are simply not going to accept a pay offer which in real terms sees their pay fall.
“If industrial action does occur, then it will severally affect large sections of the construction industry creating shortages of building materials for key construction projects and cause serious delays.”