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Workers put in £31bn worth of unpaid overtime in 2018

WORKERS at an Essex building materials supplier are striking again today against the creation of a two-tier workforce.

Their union Unite warns that proposals by breeze block manufacturer Tarmac Building Products to pay new starters less could lead to a worsening of conditions across the company.

Workers have already walked out on four occasions since January 30 and Unite announced more dates earlier this week after Tarmac failed to make any acceptable proposals, bringing the total number to nine.

Unite regional officer Guy Langston warned that Tarmac’s proposed changes to contracts were the “thin edge of the wedge.”

He said: “The strikes are having a severe effect on the company’s production capabilities. It is clearly in Tarmac’s interests to table fresh proposals to end this dispute.”

A Tarmac spokesperson said: “We continue to make every effort to resolve the industrial action and are continuing our discussions with Unite.”

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