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Steel workers meet to avoid strike over T5 bonus


STEEL workers from electrical and engineering union Amicus have held more talks over bonus payments in a bid to avert strike action at Heathrow's Terminal 5.

Around 180 erectors working on the site under the Naeci 'blue book' agreement gave employer Severfield Rowen seven days' notice of strike action two weeks ago in protest over the £1 an hour extra bonus given to Amicus electricians employed under the Major Projects Agreement.

One union source said: 'We put some proposals to Severfield, which include back pay, that could be a sticking point but the management haven't said yet whether they will agree, and then it would have to be put to the men. The lads are getting exasperated and they won't want to hang around too long on this, but obviously it is not in the interests of the employers to have strikes either.' MPA workers gained an extra £1 an hour 'performance bonus' earlier this year after dropping their demands for a travelling allowance.

Workers from construction union Ucatt, transport union TGWU and general union GMB employed under another agreement are also pushing for the extra cash.

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