Members of Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, employed at Street Crane Company Ltd have secured victory in a dispute over pay.

Eight days of strikes

Following eight days of strike action by workers who build and maintain overhead factory cranes, the management at Street Crane, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire, made a revised offer of a three per cent pay increase on all pay and allowances, backdated to the anniversary date of 1 July 2018.

Throughout the dispute the 40 Unite members showed complete solidarity and they also secured the support of the local community in Chapel-en-le-Frith and the local Unite community branch.

The dispute was called as a result of the management at Street Crane refusing to enter into negotiations and attempting to impose a pay deal on the workers without discussion. The strikes were the first industrial action at the company for 20 years.

Hard fought victory

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Shaun Lee said: “This is a really important and hard fought victory, achieved by the solidarity and commitment of our members.

“Our campaign has been greatly assisted by the support our members have received from local residents and the local Unite community branch.

“Unite has always said that if the management at Street Crane entered into meaningful negotiations this dispute could be resolved and that proved to be the case.

“Unite hopes that following this dispute we can return to harmonious industrial relations at the company.”


Notes to editors:

Twelve days of strikes planned at Derbyshire crane firm in pay dispute

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

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.