Workers avert strike over pay dispute at Whittlesey brick works

Brick making at Hanson Building Products
Brick making at Hanson Building Products
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Monday, 3.45pm: A long-running pay dispute between three workers at a Whittlesey brick works has just been settled.

Three drivers in the clay quarry at Hanson Building Products had been poised to take strike action over three days.

But within an hour of the union announcing the industrial action, a settlement was agreed between the three men and the company.

A spokeswoman for the GMB union said: “We have now managed to reach an agreement with which the workers are very happy.

She added: “I am sworn to secrecy on this and cannot reveal the details.

“It is not a surprise we have reached this settlement.”

Monday, 3.15pm Three workers at Hanson Building Products in Whittlesey are to go on strike in a dispute over payThe three operate drag lines at the clay quarry, which provide the clay for the brick works in Whittlesey.

A spokeswoman for the GMB union said the workers would strike on December 29, December 30 and January 2.

A spokesman for Hanson said: “This is part of a long running dispute with these three drivers who operate the drag lines at Must Farm.

“We have been discussing a pay claim with them for some time and have not been able to reach a solution that is acceptable to them.”

He added: “We will be covering the strike with contractors. We do not expect that there will be any impact on production.”

Thirteen burners went on strike at the plant in March last year in a dispute over holiday entitlement.

Hanson employs about 200 workers at Peterborough Road and last year the firm transformed the working conditions of everyone at the site.