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Scaffolders are stepping up their action calling for agreed national pay rates

TRADE union activists are set to target four offices of scaffolding contractor Actavo next week in support of workers who have been striking for the last three months.

Unite members working for the contractor at British Steel’s Scunthorpe plant are calling on bosses to pay agreed national construction industry rates for the job.

More than 60 workers have been on continuous strike action since October.

The dispute began in 2019 as a result of scaffolders not being paid in line with the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry.

The workforce is currently between 10-15 per cent below these rates.

Supporters will target the contractor’s sites for protests in Brigg, near Doncaster, Livingstone in Scotland, Chepstow in Wales and Dublin in the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

Unite has said that more than 14,000 people have signed a petition supporting the strikers.

“They’re still out on strike, fighting tooth and nail to stop this shameful attempt to erode workers’ pay for greater profits,” the union said in a statement.

Protesters will gather at 11.30 am outside of the four offices.

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