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Unite members agree to end nuclear base dispute

Unite members agree to end nuclear base dispute

19 April 2017

Members of Unite the union at the Coulport and Faslane naval bases have overwhelmingly voted to end a dispute over workers’ rights. 

The decision was taken yesterday (Tue 18 Apr) at a mass meeting of members – all of them civilian staff who support naval operations at the home to the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet.

The members voted to accept a new accord designed to repair industrial relations at the bases. It was negotiated last week between Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, Unite officers and representatives, and senior officers of employer Babcock Marine. 

Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: “Unite is always guided by our members and they always had the final say on this accord. We’re pleased that they have given it such overwhelming support, and we hope it creates a new, lasting working relationship at Coulport and Faslane, based on genuine respect for Unite members and their representatives.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Unite pays tribute to the members, representatives and stewards who stood strong and united throughout this dispute. Their steady determination, calmness, and commitment to protect their rights are an example for workers everywhere.”

Civilian staff at Coulport and Faslane started industrial action on 24 March, after allegations that Babcock Marine were undermining workers’ rights as part of a campaign to outsource work.

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For more information contact Unite Scotland press officer David Eyre on 07960 451631 / david.eyre@unitetheunion.org