M25 Maintenance Workers Threaten Strike Action Over Pay and Conditions

M25 Maintenance Workers Threaten Strike Action Over Pay and Conditions

Strike Action Looms for M25 Workers Employed by Rochester-based Balfour Beatty

Commuters and travelers on the M25 may soon face delays as maintenance workers for the motorway are considering strike action due to disputes over pay and conditions.

The workers, who are employed by Balfour Beatty, a well-known international construction firm with offices in Medway, are responsible for keeping the busy orbital network in top shape. However, they are now at a crossroads as they prepare to ballot on whether to go on strike.

According to the Unite union, the workers are unhappy with the current offer of a 3.4% pay increase, arguing that this is essentially a pay cut when taking into account inflation. General Secretary Sharon Graham stated that Balfour Beatty, being a highly profitable company, should be able to offer a more reasonable pay rise to its employees.

The balloting process will begin this week and will conclude on March 12, with strike action expected soon after if an agreement cannot be reached. Regional officer Phil Silkstone stressed that Balfour Beatty has the means to prevent disruptions on the M25 by providing a fair offer to the workers.

The M25 is a vital transportation route, spanning 117 miles and serving as one of the busiest roads in the UK. It was officially opened by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1986 and remains the longest ring road in Europe. However, the Dartford Crossing, which completes the orbital route, is not classified as a motorway and is instead designated as a trunk road, known as the A282.

Balfour Beatty was contacted for a response but has yet to comment on the situation. As the balloting process begins, motorists and travelers should prepare for potential disruptions on the M25 in the near future.

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