Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 15, 2007 11:33 ET

Amicus members plan indefinite strike for better pay

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 15, 2007) - Amicus and GMB union members at Heerema, an oil-rig building plant in Hartlepool, are preparing to start an indefinite strike from tomorrow (Friday 16th) after talks broke down over pay.

The 130 workers which include pipe-fitters, welders and platers voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a ballot last week which saw Amicus members voting 84% to strike rejecting the final offer from the management of a 3.5% rise.

Amicus Regional Officer, Ian Davies, said:

"Relationship between the Heerema management and employees is now at an all time low, where the arrogance shows in the rate of pay paid to a highly qualified and skilled labour force which is second to none in the off-shore industry.

"The offer was made and rejected unanimously and our members say the pay rates should reflect on the sophisticated work they carry out."

Union members decided that industrial action will be taken and will continue until a settlement has been arranged.


Contact Information

  • Amicus Regional Officer
    Ian Davies
    07958 624155
    Amicus press office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224761