HS2 contractors offered ‘turkey truce’ to halt site protests

Grant Prior 6 months ago
Share

Union chiefs are offering to stop demonstrations on a major HS2 site in December if the contractors hand out Christmas turkeys to workers.

Unite has staged a series of protests at the Euston site where a Costain/Skanska joint venture (CSJV) is in charge of enabling works.

The union claims officials are not being allowed into the site canteen and welfare areas during break times to discuss working conditions with operatives.

The job has already been hit by a pay row over overtime rates and has become a focus of Unite action in construction.

The Enquirer has now seen an email sent by union officials to CSJV employment chiefs proposing  ‘peace at Christmas’.

It offers to suspend all planned December demonstrations  “in exchange for all workers on the project being given a Christmas turkey.”

The union is suggesting workers are given a £25 supermarket voucher to pay for the festive birds rather than flooding the site with fowl.

The email adds: “I realise this offer has come somewhat out of the blue but hopefully even CSJV will find themselves gripped by Christmas and able to show good will to all men and women.

“Should you be agreeable to this suggestion, you never know we may during this cessation find a solution to the current issues.”

CSJV has been contacted for a comment.

Latest news

Union calls for construction workers to wear masks

Unite demands revisions to Construction Leadership Council guidelines
11 hours ago

Failed NHS Nightingale joinery firm sold in pre-pack deal

J&P Carpentry and Joinery went into administration after working on Birmingham NEC hospital
9 hours ago

Vistry asks subcontractors to cut rates

House builder warns trade packages could be retendered
15 hours ago

TClarke rides out lockdown and eyes £2m half-year profit

M&E boss says swift cost savings helped firm breakeven in April and May
15 hours ago

Kier confirmed for £97m Heartlands Hospital job

Work to start this summer on Ambulatory Care and Diagnostics Centre
15 hours ago

Costain completes £100m fund raise

Dubai contractor takes 15% stake in Costain
14 hours ago

Tycoon’s £1bn flats scheme consent quashed in Whitehall U-turn

Housing secretary accused of bias in backing Richard Desmond's 1,500-flat Isle of Dogs scheme
1 day ago

First pictures of giant HS2 tunnelling machines

TBMs being manufactured in Germany before launch on site later this year
14 hours ago

M&E contractors hoping to ‘hold on’ through covid crisis

Engineering services leaders urge whole supply chain to work together to survive
15 hours ago

Griffiths to start £25m historic Welsh viaduct upgrade

Restoration work to start next month on 150-year-old wooden viaduct
14 hours ago

Keep the industry updated by joining the Enquirer Directory

Membership lets construction know you are open for business now or in the future
2 years ago

Barratt subcontractor rate cut letters “sent in error”

Specialists assured that 15% rate reductions are "not company policy"
2 days ago

NHS Nightingale joinery firm goes under

J & P Carpentry and Joinery collapses weeks after fast-track NEC conversion
2 days ago

EDF seeks consent for £18bn Sizewell C nuclear plant

Project will employ 25,000 construction workers, delivering a big post-covid 19 stimulus
2 days ago

Covid-19 compliance officers keep Ballymore sites safe

Contractors can draft in virus-protection help from new specialist supplier
2 days ago

ISG secures £17m Dudley leisure centre

Work to start on delayed Flood Street area leisure centre and swimming pool
2 days ago

Construction output to plunge 25% this year

Despite a strong rebound 2021 forecast to be down 6% from last year
2 days ago

£1bn building safety cladding fund open to applicants

Residential building owners can apply for funding for remedial work on non-ACM cladding systems
2 days ago

Roads contractors told to halve accident rates

Highways England aims to build on improved site safety performance seen during covid-19
3 days ago

Keepmoat to restart work on sites across England

House builder employs 1,150 staff and supports 10,000 supply chain jobs
3 days ago

A66 TransPennine £1bn upgrade route picked

Amey/Arup JV wins £45m design contract
5 days ago

Plan in for station on £40m revived Birmingham rail line

Plan lodged for new Moseley station on Camp Hill railway re-opening project
3 days ago

Highways firm trials social distancing tags on sites

Lightweight system can be clipped on belts, lanyards or hard hats
3 days ago

Ferrovial drops Agroman name

Ferrovial Construction become major project brand
3 days ago

Button pressed on race for £25m lift framework

Specialists wanted for four-year deal across north of England
3 days ago

Jones Bros wins retendered Kier road scheme

Cambridgeshire County Council claims £10m cost saving after job rebid
7 days ago

Scottish firms told to prepare sites to re-open

First Minister says safe return must be in partnership with trade unions
1 week ago

Skanska’s M42 Solihull junction upgrade approved

Work to start on the £143m new dual carriageway and junction in late summer
7 days ago

Graham wins M25 Cheshunt junction upgrade

Work to start next January on North London junction upgrade
6 days ago

Pre-fab elevated walkways designed for social distancing

Structural engineers unveils design for demountable walkways for events
7 days ago

Contractor services