HTC crane strike suspended as company improves pay offer

HTC crane strike suspended as company improves pay offer

04 September 2017

A planned strike by Unite members at tower crane company HTC Wolffkran has been suspended following pay negotiations held today (Monday 4 September).

The pay offer will see workers receive a six per cent pay increase over two years as well as two one off payments of £250 by the end of 2017. In addition workers will see their paid annual leave entitlement increase by two days by January 2019 and receive greater flexibility on taking unpaid leave during the Christmas shutdown.

Unite’s members at HTC Wolffkran will be balloted on whether they wish to accept the offer and this ballot will be completed by Friday 15 September.

The strike action, which would have seen widespread disruption on many construction sites, had been scheduled for Friday 8 September.

Unite regional officer Paul Lomax said: “The latest offer is a significant step forward and Unite has suspended the planned strike action to allow members to decide if they wish to accept it.

“Throughout this dispute Unite has always said that we have been fully prepared to negotiate and that we believed a settlement was possible. We are pleased that HTC Wolffkran returned to the negotiating table and that an improved offer could be made.

“If members reject the improved offer then Unite will reschedule the industrial action.”


For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: 

  • 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.