M25 maintenance workers, who cover the entirety of the motorway, have voted to strike over pay.

The strike was announced yesterday (Wednesday, March 13) and will see around 150 staff, who are part of Unite the Union, take industrial action.

The Balfour Beatty workers are angry at the company's "meagre pay offer" of 3.4 per cent with RPI inflation at 4.9 per cent - making it a real terms pay cut.

Strike action will cause "serious disruption to journey times" according to Unite.

A Balfour Beatty spokesperson commented: “We are disappointed by Unite the Union’s decision to proceed with strike action. 

"We remain committed to working with them to reach an appropriate outcome, and would like to reassure travellers that suitable contingency plans are in place to minimise any potential disruption."

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Providing these workers with a fair pay rise would not even dent Balfour Beatty huge profits. Balfour Beatty is hugely profitable - its pay offer is all about greed not need.

"Unite will be backing our members 100 per cent during the forthcoming strike action.”

Dates for the industrial action will be announced in the coming days.