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St Helens Strike Over Pay

Friday, April 5, 2013

Workers At Crane Building Services In St Helens To Take Further Strike Action Starting On Sunday 7th April In Dispute Over Pay.

GMB members are understandably upset as the company has performed exceptionally well, both globally and locally yet they are proposing a six month pay freeze and then a paltry 2% increase from July.

GMB members employed at Crane Building Services in St Helens are to take another 24 hours of strike action from 10pm on Sunday 7th April until 10pm Monday 8th April after no progress in pay negotiations which broke down. This follows two days of strike from 10.00 pm on Monday 1st April to 10.00 pm on Wednesday 3rd April. A continuous overtime ban is also in place.

Workers at the site, who are mostly GMB members, are angry after the company proposed a pay freeze until July this year with a 2% increase from then. The company had recently announced a global increase in profits of 15%, with a £4m profit at the St Helens site alone.

Eddie Parker, GMB Organiser, said “GMB members are understandably upset as the company has performed exceptionally well, both globally and locally yet they are proposing a six month pay freeze and then a paltry 2% increase from July.

We have offered to meet with the company in an effort to resolve matters, but they have responded by threatening our members with the removal of the sick pay scheme and no pay rise if they go on strike.”

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Contact: Eddie Parker 07740 80 40 46 eddie.parker@gmb.org.uk or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823

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