Unite members repairing roads, replacing traffic bollards and damaged railings for Hertfordshire county council will begin a strike ballot on Monday 5 August over new ‘sign or be sacked’ contracts which could see some workers losing up to £12,000 per year.

The workers, who work for Ringway Infrastructure Services, not only face pay cuts of thousands of pounds, but cuts to sick pay and holiday pay in a move Unite has branded as an ‘unprecedented assault’ on workers’ pay and terms and conditions.

Ringway bosses are pressing workers to move from their current contracts, which they retained when moving over from their previous employers, to inferior contracts.

Bosses have made it clear during the consultation over the changes that a failure to sign up to the new contracts could see workers fired and then rehired on inferior terms.

Unite represents 48 Ringway Infrastructure workers working out of depots in Kings Langley, South Mimms, Stevenage, Ware and Welwyn Garden City. The ballot opens on Monday 5 August and closes on Wednesday 21 August.

Commenting Unite regional officer Richard Gates said: “This unprecedented attack on workers’ pay and terms and conditions by Ringway Infrastructure Services will leave people thousands of pounds out of pocket.

“This is a hardworking group of workers who do an essential job in maintaining the roads Hertfordshire.

“The bully boy tactics of Ringway bosses and threats to fire people if they do not sign up to a new contract is outrageous and will not be tolerated by Unite. Ringway bosses need to drop this sham consultation over these contract changes or face the very real possibility of strike action.”


For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.