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Assurances Needed On Building Materials Merger

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

GMB Seek Assurances On Jobs And Terms And Conditions For Over 10,000 Workers Across UK Affected By Lafarge And Holcim Merger

Competition issues are not going to be resolved until next year which means there’s going to be a period of 15-16 months of uncertainty hanging over the employees of both companies says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in building material, commented on the merger, which was signed off by both boards over the weekend between Lafarge and Holcim. The new company will be listed in Zurich and Paris, and will be domiciled in Switzerland.

Holcim trades in the UK as Aggregate Industries and employs 3,500 workers. GMB has members in its operations in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyllshire, Lanarkshire, Highlands, Isle of Lewis, Stirling, Bedfordshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Durham, Essex, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Llanelli,  Swansea, Cambridgeshire, East Anglia. It operates 10 ready mixed concrete plants at the following locations: Heathrow, Tolworth, Brentford, Hornsey, Purley, Bow, Greenwich, Wembley, Battersea, Denham and Watford.

Lefarge Tarmac employs 7,000 workers in at over 300 locations across the UK. GMB members produce 40 million tonnes of aggregate and 7 million tonnes of asphalt a year at more than 70 production plants and over 100 quarries in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They produce 4 million tonnes of cement at Aberthaw (South Glamorgan), Cauldon (Staffordshire), Cookstown (Co. Tyrone), Dunbar (East Lothian) and Tunstead (Derbyshire). They have ready mixed concrete plants all across the UK.

Allan Black, GMB National Officer, said "The competition authorities are bound to take a fairly severe view of this merger. They will almost certainly be told to sell some assets.

This isn’t going to be resolved until next year, which means there’s going to be a period of 15-16 months of uncertainty hanging over the employees of both companies.

GMB will be seeking talks with both companies on what they plan and what parts of their operations they will sell. We will be seeking assurances on jobs and terms and conditions of employment.”

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Contact: Allan Black 07725 100316 or 0207 391 6700 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880

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