Staff to strike over pay at Cross Keys Bridge, in Sutton Bridge, Lincolnshire
Workers at the Cross Keys Bridge, a major route in and out of Lincolnshire, will begin strike action next week.
Public services union UNISON notified Lincolnshire County Council of its intention to call its members who operate Cross Keys Swing Bridge at Sutton Bridge out on strike.
The Bridge Keepers will walk out at one minute past midnight on March 10 and will not return until a week later.
The action follows a unanimous vote in favour of industrial action after Lincolnshire County Council proposed pay cuts for the workers.
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The council is imposing new terms and conditions from March 10 which will see the workers lose at least 13.5 per cent of their take home pay.
The weekend enhancements and paid breaks for the workers, who are on call for four hours before and after their shift, are to be scrapped.
Unison Steward Tom Street who works on the bridge, said: "Our families can't afford for us to take such a dramatic cut in our pay.
"Everyone is feeling the pinch with these austerity measures and the cost of living is rising each year.
"We have suffered a three year pay freeze and now the Council want to cut our pay further."
The bridge carries the A17 over the River Nene and swings open to allow river traffic to pass under it to the port of Wisbech a few times a week.