Workers at American-owned Crane Building Services and Utilities in St. Helens will be taking part in strike action on Monday 1 April over an 'insulting pay offer'.
Over 50 members of Unite will be joining GMB members at the St. Helens-based company, which makes components for gas and water utilities, in a 48-hour stoppage from 22:00 on Monday 1 April until 22:00 on Wednesday 3 April. A further one-day strike action is planned for Monday 8 April. In addition, members are refusing to work overtime from Monday 1 April.
The strike comes after the company initially offered a zero per cent pay offer for 2013, followed by a measly revised offer to increase pay in July by two per cent but not backdated. Unite members overwhelmingly rejected the deal in an industrial action ballot, with 89 per cent in favour of strike action.
The American-owned company, which is a big supplier to utility companies, said it had not reached its projected profit growth target, yet workers believe that profits were made at the St. Helens site.
Unite regional officer Jimmy Carter said: “At a time when prices are rising and our members are struggling, it is little wonder that their patience has run out following an insulting pay offer.
“It is not fair that shareholders, mostly in America, should get the benefits of profits made in St. Helens by local workers. These workers deserve a fair pay offer.
“We hope the company sees sense and makes an improved offer to settle this dispute.”
Picket lines will be in place from 22:00 on Monday 1 April at Crane Building Services, Delta Road, Parr, St. Helens WA9 2ED.
For further information please contact Jimmy Carter on 07764 655 777 or Karen Viquerat, Unite communications officer, on 07768 931 316.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.