Tuesday, 22 November 2011
Latest Unite Construction Rank And File Newsletter........
Unite members at Balfour Beatty BBES should have been getting their ballot papers and they must be returned by next Monday November 28th, With a ‘YES’ for strike action.
What’s at stake
1] Hourly rate will be cut from £16.07p to £10.50 for trunking conduit work.
2] Paid £14 an hour for terminating.
3] Paid £12 an hour for wiring
BBES are saying that if you do not sign the new contract you will be fired with very little chance of redress at an employment tribunal
BBES are holding a gun to our heads this cannot be accepted, its immoral. No other industry would allow this to go on why is it happening in construction?
BBES and the other rogue employers see construction workers as two a penny and easily replaceable.
4] We could be made to work 38 hours of seven days, possibly Saturday and Sunday, without being paid any overtime.
5] Our right to union representation would go.
6] We would lose the right of unfair dismissal on a jib panel from day one of employment.
7] Travel time and fares will go.
8] We could be paid fortnightly
9] The employer will decide what work we would do, so the rate could change at regular intervals.
10] We may find you have to work for just £10.50 as that’s the only work going on a large site.
Agency sparks will be affected as well and you can bet that if this goes through other firms will adopt BESNA. It’s a horror story all round, and other trades will be targeted next.
If you haven’t got a ballot paper yet contact your local unite office immediately.