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Single strike wins crane drivers 14% pay rise

Ucatt members' victory restores part of pay lost in slump

Crane drivers at Sheffield-based HTC Plant claimed victory yesterday after strike action sealed a 14 per cent rise.

Members of construction union Ucatt had planned to undertake three one-day strikes at key building sites in London.

Major disruption caused by the first was enough to force bosses to the table.

The dispute revolved around a 30 per cent pay cut accepted during the slump in 2009 but never restored.

That left workers in the dangerous and safety critical job on a basic rate of around £9.50 an hour - just 35p more than the London living wage.

Union members voted to settle after bosses tabled a 14 per cent rise over three years and agreed to roll daily bonuses into the basic pay.

Ucatt general secretary Steve Murphy hailed the deal as a "victory for common sense" that was good for the workers and the firm.

"Our members have certainty about pay and HTC have certainty over their future business costs," he said.

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