HGV drivers at Cemex UK Operations overwhelmingly voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay.
The 82 tanker drivers, members of the Unite union, rejected Cemex’s offer of a 1.6% increase on pay and allowances backdated to 1st July 2016. They returned an 87% vote in favour of strike action and action short of strike.
A continuous work to rule will begin on Monday 22nd May followed by an initial 24 hour strike on Friday 26th May.
The drivers, who supply bulk cement across the UK, are based at four depots: Rugby, Tilbury, Barton-on-Humber and Newport.
The work to rule will include drivers: adhering to 48 hours maximum working week, adhering to 11 hours’ daily rest, adhering to 45 hour weekly rest period, no electronic proof of delivery (EPOD) on while driving, no unpaid training of drivers, no supervisor intervention work to be carried out by drivers on EPOD.
Adrian Jones, Unite national officer for road transport, said: “Cemex still has time to avert this dispute by returning to the negotiating table and making an offer which meets our members’ expectations and properly rewards them for their skills, dedication and hard work. If Cemex doesn’t act and this dispute goes ahead it will create chaos throughout the construction industry. Sites will swiftly run out of materials which will create delays throughout the entire project.”
As previously reported, Cemex has contingency plans in place to ensure a continued supply of bulk cement to customers.