Strike Ballot For 1,200 Scottish Power Electricity Supply Workers In Dispute Over Changes To Work Practices And Terms And Conditions
These workers are at the front-line of maintaining power supplies and are outraged that long-standing, successful working practices are threatened in this way says GMB
An official strike ballot for 1,200 GMB and Unite members employed by Scottish Power Energy Networks in Scotland, North West England and North Wales opens on Monday 27th April 2015.
The dispute is about enforced changes to working practices and terms and conditions without any meaningful consultation or agreement.
These members are crafts workers and cable jointers. They carry out repairs to disrupted power supplies from substations and at the roadside both for domestic and business needs.
The ballot will close on 14th May.
Albie McGuigan, GMB Regional Organiser in the North West, said “Members have now been under attack from Scottish Power for a number of months and although we have attempted to reach an amicable compromise with the company, we have been unable to do so.
At present, the workers are complying with their obligations to provide a professional service for customers – but their patience is now at breaking point.
GMB remains steadfast in defending our members’ terms and conditions. The Scottish Power workers are at the front-line of maintaining power supplies and are outraged that long-standing, successful working practices are threatened in this way.”
Contact Albie McGuigan on 07860 593 479 or 0151 727 0077 or Jim Moohan GMB Scotland on 07885 868405 or GMB press office 07921 289880/ 07974 251823