BESNA companies targeted after BBES withdrawal

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has dropped plans for new contracts for building services workers.
The decision comes after long running dispute, which saw unionised electricians, plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers vote overwhelmingly for strike action twice.
The withdrawal of the contracts follows talks between Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey and Balfour Beatty’s chief executive officer, Mike Peasland. Unite is now calling on the other six building services contractors to follow the lead of Balfour Beatty and withdraw the contracts and the threat of dismissal.
A statement today read, “BBES has agreed to withdraw the BESNA contracts and Unite has agreed not to pursue further industrial action or protest on the basis that wide-ranging talks will now take place on modernising the industry.
Both parties are committed to high level talks within an agreed timeline with the aim of creating new proposals and ensuring agreed terns are honoured.”

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