Scaffolding Workers of Brand Energy to Strike at British Steel
Grimsby Telegraph reported that More than 50 scaffolders from contractor Brand Energy Coat at British Steel site in Scunthorpe will go on 48 hours strike from January over a pay dispute. The dispute over pay began in 2019 when the workers sought to be paid in line with the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry. Unite claims there is a difference of GBP 2 an hour between the current pay rates and the established NAECI pay rates.
The employees are members of the construction union Unite and are responsible for the maintenance of more than 500 scaffolding structures at the Scunthorpe site. Unite said that since 2019, Brand Energy has refused to engage over the pay dispute, which led to a ballot for strike action and the workforce delivered a 100 per cent yes vote in favour of the action. Unite has called a total of six days of strikes over the coming weeks. The workers will be maintaining a strictly socially-distanced picket line at the site, which the union claimed would cause disruption although this is disputed by British Steel.
A British Steel spokesman said: “This matter involves employees of a contract company on our site. We have contingencies in place, and it will not impact on production.”https://i2-prod.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article4909388.ece/ALTERNATES/s1200d/0_Unite-Strike-BS-Scunny.jpg