Catering staff working for Baxterstorey at the Fawley oil refinery canteen in Hampshire are set to strike for the first time tomorrow (Friday 25 August) in a dispute over a below inflation 1.5 per cent pay offer, Britain’s largest union, Unite announced today (Thursday 24 August).
The 18 strong female workforce who cater for up to 1,000 workers in a safety critical environment at the refinery will be walking out for 24 hours from 00:01 hours Friday 25 August and for a further 24 hours on Tuesday 29 August.
With more 24 hour walkouts planned for Friday 1 September and Tuesday 4 September, Unite called on Baxterstorey bosses to get back around the negotiating table, warning that they risked escalating the dispute if they sought to bus in staff to cover the striking workers.
Commenting Unite regional officer Mick Pollek said: “Catering staff at Fawley oil refinery play an important role in keeping refinery workers fed and watered in a safety critical work environment.
“Strike action is not a step they take lightly, but after seeing their pay fall in real terms and a refusal by Baxterstorey to improve on its pitiful offer, this often overlooked group of workers has decided to take a stand for better pay.
“Baxterstorey should not underestimate the determination of our members and would be wise to get back around the negotiating table to avoid a further escalation of this dispute.
“It is time that the hard work and loyalty of catering staff at Fawley is recognised with a decent pay rise.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.
Notes to editors:
- 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.