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Balfour Beatty workers to vote on industrial action over pay

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Workers employed on railway track renewals, maintenance and upgrades are being balloted on whether to take industrial action in a dispute over pay.

Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) at construction giant Balfour Beatty will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of industrial action.

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The union said workers were not offered any pay increase for 2020 and a rise of 2% April this year, even though the company was paying bonuses to senior managers and making a profit.

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‘Insulting and unacceptable’

TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “Our brilliant members have shown huge commitment and sacrifice, working through this terrible pandemic, to deliver positive results for Balfour Beatty.

“Now it’s time for the company to step up to the plate with an improved offer and avoid this looming industrial action.

“As things stand Balfour Beatty’s pay offer is insulting and unacceptable.”

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A Balfour Beatty spokesman said: “We remain committed to working closely with all parties to reach an appropriate outcome.

“However, as these discussions are ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) said it was preparing to ballot its members for industrial action in the same dispute.

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General secretary Mick Lynch said: “If Balfour Beatty think they can give our members a financial kicking off the back of the Covid crisis then they need to think again.”

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