Workers who keep the UK’s roads moving have called off six planned days of consecutive strike action after winning a vastly improved two year pay deal, the country’s biggest union Unite announced today.
The members working for Amey at four depots in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Buckinghamshire backed an improved pay offer from management after the first day of an unprecedented week-long strike.
The company, which manages 30,000 miles of highway across the UK – gritting roads and maintaining crash barriers – was forced back to the negotiating table after members made clear their determination to win a fair pay settlement in a dispute which has already seen five days of strike action.
The accepted offer is a 2.25 per cent increase in pay, backdated to 1 April 2014 and a further 1.75 per cent increase in pay as of 1 April 2015.
Commenting Richard Gates, Unite regional officer, said: “The solidarity and determination of Unite members throughout this lengthy dispute meant we were successful in negotiating a two-year pay settlement that is acceptable to the majority of our members.
“Thanks to the strong position we took and the arguments the union put forward Amey realised that workers have been hit hard in recent years over pay.
“We were not prepared to accept a settlement that in effect meant no real-terms increase, while company directors saw their salaries ramped up by 65 per cent in the last four years.
“Make no mistake this is a victory and members are delighted.”
The four depots involved were Breakspear at Hemel Hempstead, Whittlesford in Cambridgeshire, Sandy depot in Bedfordshire and Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire.
Unite members had staged a number of 24-hour strikes last month and began what would have been a week long walkout yesterday – Monday 2 March. That action has now been called off.
For further information contact Douglas Beattie in the Unite Press Office on 020 3371 206.
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey