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Scaffolders to vote on strike over holiday pay

ANGRY workers at an Essex scaffolding firm drew closer to strike action across a string of London sites last week following a long-running dispute over holiday pay.

More than 40 workers from Basildon-based H&B Scaffolding voted unanimously for a strike ballot at a meeting in Holborn, central London, last Friday.

The ballot of H&B's 60 members of construction union Ucatt will take place in two weeks. The union claims that the men are not getting their normal wages when they take holidays, because H&B deducts travelling and attendance allowances when they are on leave.

If members vote to strike, workers will walk off four highprofile London jobs: Bovis Lend Lease's Paternoster Square in the City, Amec's Victoria House scheme in Holborn, a Bouygues project near Westminster and a St George development at Vauxhall Bridge.

Ucatt regional official Mick Dooley said: 'The men aren't getting a fair deal on holiday pay.

They're not getting paid correctly and they should get what the industry agrees.'

He warned: 'We've taken H&B to a tribunal around 25 times on this issue and it has always settled at the last moment. It's time to get this sorted once and for all.'

A spokesman from H&B Scaffolding was unavailable for comment.