Mobile crane operators vote in favour of strike action

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Mobile crane operators at Ainscough have voted to take strike action following a long standing row over pay…

The UK’s largest mobile crane hire firm is facing strike action in a dispute over pay. Crane operators at Ainscough voted to take action after talks broke down.

Action is set to start on 1 February and will see other strikes planned until 23 March.

Ainscough staff undertake work across a range of projects including some major infrastructure schemes. Union Unite has called on the firm to do what it can to prevent what will be significant disruption to construction sites across the country.

The row stems from an ability to meet pay demands. Workers refused pay rises of 2.5 and 2.75 per cent, as it was felt neither recognised their contribution to the £14m profits made by the firm last year.

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.”

Strikes will occur on the following dates:

1 February

8 February

15, 16 February

22, 23 February

29 February, 1 & 2 March

7, 8, 9 March

14, 15, 16 March

21, 22, 23 March

Overtime ban

30, 31 January

6, 7 February

13, 14 February

20, 21 February

27, 28 February

5, 6 March

12, 13 March

19, 20 March

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