Last ditch talks to avoid an escalating pay dispute at the UK’s largest crane hire company, Ainscough, are set to take place this Thursday (5 November) after members of Unite the union rejected a ‘pitiful’ two year pay deal.
Over 500 crane operators employed by the company, which hires cranes to the construction industry, have rejected a two year pay deal of 1.5 per cent and 1.75 per cent.
Unite’s crane operator members - working on major construction sites and projects across the UK such as the M1 and M6 motorway upgrades and new Forth Road Bridge - have not ruled out balloting for industrial action should talks fail.
Commenting, Unite national officer Bernard McAulay said: “Our members are highly skilled crane operators making safety critical decisions on a minute by minute basis. They have played a critical role in making Ainscough the success it is today and in keeping Britain building.
“The last thing our members want to be doing is balloting for industrial action, but they feel pushed to breaking point by a pitiful pay offer which fails to address excessive overtime.
“We would urge management to use the opportunity of these talks to hammer out a deal that recognises their valuable contribution and avoids the prospect of a damaging pay dispute.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
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.