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Hanson staff set to strike

INDUSTRIAL action at one of the country's biggest brick manufacturers moved a step closer this week after 1,200 workers rejected a last-minute pay and conditions offer.

A revised deal aimed at averting strike action was put forward this week by bosses at Hanson Brick following an initial pay rise offer of 2.7 per cent which was turned down last month.

Bob Blackman, construction secretary of transport union TGWU, said: 'The improvements were marginal so the offer was rejected and the workers voted unanimously to continue to ballot for strike action.'

The company is the second largest brickmaker in the UK with 14 factories across England and Wales.