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British Steel workers vote overwhelmingly to continue strike action

SCAFFOLDING workers at British Steel’s Scunthorpe plant have voted overwhelmingly to continue their indefinite strike action over poor pay.

The workers, who are members of the Unite union, are employed by contractor Actavo and have been on strike for 12 weeks, calling for the company to abide by national agreements covering the construction industry.

The current strike mandate is due to run out, but now refreshed strike action will continue from Wednesday January 26 following an 83 per cent vote in favour.

Unite has proposed tripartite talks involving the union, Actavo and British Steel.

General secretary Sharon Graham said: “I hope this overwhelming vote for more strike action in 2022 will focus minds and spur the management into action to resolve this dispute.”

Unite regional officer Richard Bedford added: “It’s time to stop passing the buck and for all parties to get around the negotiating table so the scaffolders can get back to work.”

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