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Unite voices disappointment at the failure to resolve dispute at Nuclear bases

31 March 2017

Unite the union has expressed disappointment and frustration that their attempt at reaching a resolution to the on-going industrial dispute at Faslane and Coulport nuclear bases has been scuppered by managements refusal to listen to our members concerns.

Discussions have been taking place between Unite and Babcock Marine at ACAS over the last two days however have today concluded without resolution of the dispute.

Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: “Unite put forward a range of proposals that we believed would address our members concerns and resolve this dispute.  Unfortunately, Babcock Marine has chosen to disregard most of these and instead provided a set of counter-proposals which fail to address our concerns in any meaningful way.”
 
“Only last week Unite General Secretary, Len McCluskey addressed the workers at a mass meeting in Helensburgh. He made it clear then that the members have our full support. We will not back down from this. Babcock Marine will have to re-think their plan. No one wants this dispute to drag on, but we will not be daunted by the company’s intransigence towards our members concerns.”

The industrial action at the home of Trident nuclear submarine fleet involves a continuous overtime and on-call ban. Unite members in different roles are also taking part in a series of staggered periods of strike action that will have an impact on naval operations right up until 15 June.

Unite says that Babcock Marine has been carrying out a systematic campaign to undermine workers, including victimising worker representatives, withdrawing facilities for shop steward meetings, and failing to meaningfully consult and negotiate with the trade union.

The company is on record as saying that it is considering further outsourcing of services to outside private companies. Cleaning and housekeeping services at both bases, and security systems services at Coulport, have already been outsourced.
 
ENDS

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Stevie Deans on 07808331140 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

Notes to editors

On Thursday 9 March, members of the union voted 99 per cent in favour of industrial action and 96 per cent in favour of strike action.

Unite represents a wide range of workers at Coulport and Faslane, including cleaners, housekeepers, logistics operatives, drivers, mail staff, multi-skilled operators and a variety of trades engaged in land-based maintenance and defect repair.

The union also represents employees carrying out tasks on the nuclear and waterside part of the bases’ operations, including radiation monitoring and strategic weapons support.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Stevie Deans on 07808331140 or Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869.

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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.