Laing O'Rouke employees strike over £1 bonus increase

Construction workers on Heathrow’s Terminal 5 will walk out later this month over a pay row.

Members of the T&G and GMB unions will go on strike from 16 to 19 December to demand a £1 an hour increase in their bonuses.

Laing O’Rouke, which employs the workers, has offered a 22p increase.

Over 98% of members of the GMB trade union who voted backed industrial action last week.

Alan Brkljac, T&G regional industrial organiser, said: “Our members have voted to strike, more people on site are joining the T&G by the day as they see us fighting back for them and the onus now is on Laing O'Rourke to respond positively to our claim.”

Tom Kelly, GMB construction organiser, said 300 new members had joined his union since the strike ballot. He added: “The strength of feeling amongst GMB members is growing.” The unions represent a range of workers including scaffolders, plant operatives, chargehands, concrete finishers plus other craft workers as well as general labourers.