Herts County Council highways workers vote to strike over new contracts
Workers who repair Hertfordshire's roads for the county council have voted to strike over a £12,000-a-year raid on their pay packets.
According to Unite, Britain and Ireland's largest union, 57 workers employed by Ringway Infrastructure Services are angry over new 'sign or be sacked' contracts which could see some of them losing up to £12,000 a year. They have voted by 93% for industrial action.
Ringway bosses want the workers to move from their current contracts, which they retained when transferred from their previous employers, to what the union claims are inferior contracts.
Unite regional officer Richard Gates said: "This massive vote in favour of strike action is a very powerful message from our members over this unprecedented attack on their pay and employment conditions.
"We have now reached a fork in the road: either the hard-line bosses back down on this proposal or Unite will prepare for strike action on behalf of our members, who stand to lose up to £12,000 a year in their income.
"This is a hard-working group of workers who do an essential job in maintaining the roads in Hertfordshire in all weathers and should not be treated in this despicable fashion."
The workers are based at depots in Ware, Welwyn Garden City, Stevenage, Kings Langley and South Mimms.