Faslane and Coulport workers at Babcock Marine on the Clyde have given the thumbs up to a vastly improved pay offer following three weeks of industrial action the country’s largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 3 April).
Members voted to settle the dispute after Babcock offered a 2.7 per cent pay rise for 2013. The company had initially offered a 1 per cent pay rise, claiming at the time, that its hands were tied by MoD contracts.
The dispute involved over 800 Unite members covering a wide variety of roles from hotel and catering staff to those handling nuclear weapons. The action consisted of a two hour strike of the whole workforce and then a rolling programme of one hour strikes across the sites every 24 hours, plus an overtime ban and a work to rule.
Commenting Unite national officer Ian Waddell said: “Our members at Babcock on the Clyde took strike action for the first time in 42 years to win a decent pay rise and I am pleased that an agreement has now been reached.
“The offer of 2.7 per cent as a consolidated rise is a substantial improvement and has been won through the stance our members have taken. They have remained strong, united and dignified throughout and I hope that we can now work with Babcock in an atmosphere of respect for our members.”
Unite convenor Derek Torrie added: “As well as paying tribute to the magnificent solidarity of our members at Faslane and Coulport which led to Babcock making an improved offer which has now been accepted, I also have to say massive thanks for all the messages of support and offers of assistance from Unite branches, workplaces and individual members.
“In addition to the support from within the UK the international messages from the USA, Brazil, South Africa and Finland were inspiring and uplifting in terms of maintaining and raising the morale of the workforce.
“Together we have succeeded and this has been a true demonstration that unity is truly our strength.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.