Unite members at Tarmac Building Products in Stanford Le Hope are taking two days’ strike action this week and will also be walking out for four days in March – Tuesday 6th, Thursday 8th, Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd March.
With three strike days in January, this makes a total of nine days of strike action and further strike dates are set to be announced in the coming days.
Tarmac Building Products makes concrete breeze blocks. The dispute is over the company’s decision to impose a new contract on new starters that the union says will result in them receiving lower rates of pay, creating a two tier workforce.
Unite regional officer Guy Langston said: “Tarmac was warned that further strike dates would be announced if this dispute was not resolved. Due to the company’s refusal to bring forward proposals to resolve this dispute, that is what happened.”
He added: “The strikes are having a severe effect on the company’s production capabilities. It is clearly in Tarmac’s interests to table fresh proposals to end this dispute.”
A spokesperson for Tarmac said: "We continue to make every effort to resolve the industrial action and are continuing our discussions with Unite. We fully support peoples' right to legal protest and want to work with Unite to ensure these can be undertaken in a safe manner. In the meantime, we'll continue to focus our efforts on safely supplying customers and resolving matters with employees through constructive discussions."