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Further strike action at Balfour Beatty

Members of trade union Unite have today voted for strike action at Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) the latest in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Electrician, plumbers and heating and ventilation engineers have voted by two to one for strike action which could hit high profile projects and sites such as Crossrail, Sellafield and Grangemouth.

The dispute centres on the company’s plans to make changes to around 1,600 employee contracts, which Unite argued would slash pay for most skilled workers by a third. However, BBES has previously disputed this assertion.

BBES said it was “disappointed” with the strike action, and that just 295, out of a total workforce of 3,063 voted in favour. BBES added that there a number of “fundamental deficiencies” in the ballot and has made an application to the High Court for an injunction.

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