Mobile crane operators vote to strike over pay

Aaron Morby 7 years ago

Crane operators at the UK’s largest mobile crane hire firm, Ainscough, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action after a long-running pay row.

A series of escalating strikes are planned to start on 1 February to 23 March
A series of escalating strikes are planned to start on 1 February to 23 March

Up to 500 crane operators and support staff, who operate lifting services for projects raging from the M1 and M6 motorway upgrades to the new Forth Road Bridge, will launch a programme of action at 30 UK depots.

A series of escalating strikes from one to three days will start on 1 February to 23 March alongside a programme of overtime bans due to begin on 30 January to 20 March.

Construction union Unite is now urging Ainscough to avert disruption to construction sites by improving its two-year pay deal.

The workforce rejected a revised offer of 2.5% and 2.75%, arguing it failed to recognise their contribution to last year’s £14m profits.

Unite national officer for construction Bernard McAulay, said: “Ainscough needs to heed this warning and come back to the negotiating table with an improved pay offer or risk major disruption to its UK-wide operations. Our members are seeking a pay deal that recognises the dynamic and specialist skills they have.”

Planned industrial action

Strike dates

  • 1 February:  one day withdrawal of labour across the business.
  • 8 February: one day withdrawal of labour across the business
  • 15, 16 February:  two day withdrawal of labour across the business
  • 22, 23 February:  two day withdrawal of labour across the business
  • 29 February, 1 & 2 March:  three day withdrawal of labour across the business
  • 7, 8, 9 March: three day withdrawal of labour across the business
  • 14, 15, 16 March: Three day withdrawal of labour across the business
  • 21, 22, 23 March:  Three day withdrawal of labour across the business

Overtime ban

  • 30, 31 January:  two day overtime ban
  • 6, 7 February:  two day overtime ban
  • 13, 14 February:  two day overtime ban
  • 20, 21 February: two day overtime ban
  • 27, 28 February: two day overtime ban
  • 5, 6 March: two day overtime ban,
  • 12, 13 March: two day overtime ban
  • 19, 20 March: two day overtime ban

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