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‘Yes’ vote for strike action by Unite and GMB members ...

‘Yes’ vote for strike action by Unite and GMB members employed by ISS at eight RAF stations in pay dispute

29 May 2013

The next step is for the two unions to meet to consider the ballot result and if there is no movement to fix dates for strike action at the eight RAF stations.

A total of 240 Unite and GMB members employed by contactor ISS - which provides food services, cleaning, and other services at eight RAF stations in England and Wales - have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay.

The official strike ballot concluded yesterday (Tuesday 28 May). ISS has been notified of the ballot result. The next step is for the two unions to meet to consider the ballot result and if there is no movement to fix dates for strike action at the eight bases.

ISS offered a pay rise of 8p an hour from 1 October 2012 and only 2p an hour to those on the national minimum wage of £6.19 per hour. This was overwhelmingly rejected by members.

The ballot covers members employed by ISS at the following eight RAF stations: Cranwell, Scampton and  Kirton-in-Lindsay in Lincolnshire, Valley in Anglesy, Shawbury and Cosford in Shropshire, Llanwryst in Conwy and Fairbourne in Gwynedd.

Members undertake the following roles on the ISS contract on these RAF
stations: chef, cleaner, bar steward, catering assistant, admin, mess management, mess hand, mess hand/kitchen porter, payroll clerk, receptionist, retail assistant, steward/stewardess, storeman/driver and supervisor.

Mike McCartney, Unite national officer said: “Both Unite and GMB want to sit down with ISS and revisit these talks with the hope of a positive outcome. However we now have a mandate from our members for action. If ISS is not prepared to talk then we will use that mandate.”

Sian McClarence, GMB regional officer said: “The ballot result has now been conveyed to the employer. The next step is for the two unions to meet to consider the ballot result and if there is no movement to fix dates for strike action at the eight bases.

“ISS threw the gauntlet down to Unite and GMB members, effectively telling them 'put up or shut up'. This massive 'yes' for strike action means the message is loud and clear that ISS need to reconsider their insulting offer or dates for strikes will be set.”

ENDS

For further information, please contact Mike McCartney, Unite national officer on 07958 514 766

Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.