Cemex drivers ballot on strike action
April 21, 2017
Construction material supply warning as Cemex UK drivers ballot on strike action
A disruption to the supply of ready mixed concrete and heavy side building materials could delay construction projects during the busy spring and summer months as HGV drivers at Cemex UK ballot for strike action in a pay dispute.
The 74 HGV drivers, based at four depots in Rugby, Warwickshire, Tilbury, Essex, Barton-on-Humber, north Lincolnshire and Newport in South Wales have started voting for a programme of industrial action which could lead to a shortage in supplies and severe disruption to many construction sites throughout the UK.
The Union Unite, called on Cemex to offer a pay deal which better reflects the contribution drivers make to the business and they warn of project delays if drivers back the industrial action.
The ballot, which runs until Thursday, May 4, comes after drivers rejected the Cemex’s pay offer of a 1.6 % increase in pay and allowances backdated to July 1, 2016.
Adrian Jones, Unite national officer for road transport, said: “Members are simply not going to accept a pay offer which in real terms sees their pay fall.”
“It is imperative that Cemex understands the determination of our members and produces a much improved offer to avert the need for industrial action.”
“If industrial action does occur, then it will severally affect large sections of the construction industry creating shortages of building materials for key construction projects and cause serious delays.”