Cemex drivers balloted on strike action

The supply of essential construction materials could be disrupted as HGV drivers at Cemex UK operations are being balloted over industrial action proposals in a pay dispute.

The 74 HGV drivers, based at four depots in Rugby, Tilbury, Barton-on-Humber and Newport, supply building materials to construction sites across the UK. The ballot, which runs until Thursday 4th May, comes after the drivers rejected the company’s pay offer which the Unite union says represented a pay cut in real terms. Cemex had offered the drivers a 1.6% increase in pay and allowances backdated to 1st July 2016.

Additionally, only a quarter of the existing location allowance would be consolidated into the agreement. Warning of project delays if members back industrial action, Unite called on Cemex to raise its offer or risk a programme of industrial action over the months ahead. 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.

Cemex should be investing in its hardworking and dedicated workforce with a pay offer that properly reflects the important contribution our members make to the business.

It is imperative that Cemex understands the determination of our members and produces a much improved offer to avert the need for industrial action.”

This article was published on 21 Apr 2017 (last updated on 21 Apr 2017).

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