Street Crane Company offers workers 3% pay increase following strike action

Street Crane Company

Derbyshire-based crane and hoist manufacturer Street Crane Company has offered a 3% pay increase to employees, following eight days of strike action by workers who build and maintain overhead factory cranes.

The strikes, which involved 40 members of the trade union Unite, were the first industrial action taken at the organisation for 20 years. Unite stated that the dispute was called as a result of the management at Street Crane Company refusing to enter into negotiations and attempting to impose a pay deal on the workers without discussion.

The 3% increase applies to all pay and allowances, backdated to the anniversary date of 1 July 2018.

Shaun Lee, regional coordinating officer at Unite, said: “This is a really important and hard-fought victory, achieved by the solidarity and commitment of our members. Our campaign has been greatly assisted by the support our members have received from local residents and the local Unite community in Chapel-en-le-Frith and the local Unite community branch.

“Unite has always said that if the management at Street Crane entered into meaningful negotiations then this dispute could be resolved, and that proved to be the case. Unite hopes that following this dispute we can return to harmonious industrial relations at the company.”

Street Crane was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.