Ireland - Crane strike threat looms as operators demand better pay - June 30, 2017

Crane operators have served notice of strike action in pursuit of pay rises worth up to 15%. Trade union Unite, which represents over 90% of the crane operators, is planning a series of strikes in the next few weeks. The claim for a pay rise comes as the construction industry has rebounded in the last few years after collapsing when the property bubble burst. The union said construction growth has hit a 15-month high and activity in the sector has risen in each of the last 45 months. Unite said around 77% of its members turned out to ballot, with over 90% voting for industrial action.

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