Tractor tug crews employed by Serco Marine at Devonport’s naval base in Plymouth have postponed strikes over the Christmas holidays to allow for talks mediated by the conciliation service ACAS, Unite said today (Wednesday 23 December). 

Around 40 tractor tug crew members were planning to strike between 25 December and 30 December after Serco Marine imposed a change to working patterns from a one-week cycle to a three-week cycle. The duty rota changes also mean the workers  lose annual leave allocations.

Planned strikes from the 11 January to 16 January 2020 are still scheduled to go ahead if the ACAS negotiations are not successful.

Unite regional coordinating officer Terry Keefe said: “In a gesture of good faith our members have postponed strikes scheduled to go ahead over the Christmas holidays to allow ACAS talks to be conducted. 

“Unite hopes to find a resolution to this dispute without the need for industrial action and we urge Serco Marine to rethink their proposals and table a solution at the ACAS talks that our members can accept.”  


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