Workers repairing roads, replacing traffic bollards and damaged railings for Hertfordshire county council have overwhelmingly voted for strike action over a plan that could see them losing thousands of pounds in pay, Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, announced today (Monday 2 September).

The 57 workers, who are employed by Ringway Infrastructure Services, are angry over new ‘sign or be sacked’ contracts which could see some workers losing up to £12,000 per year. They have now voted by 93 per cent for strike action.

Ringway bosses want the workers to move from their current contracts, which they retained when transferred from their previous employers, to inferior contracts. Management has made it clear that a failure to sign up to the new contracts could see workers being fired and then rehired on inferior terms.

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 hardline 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 hardworking 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 Kings Langley, South Mimms, Stevenage, Ware and Welwyn Garden City.

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065
Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

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