Union members at two British bases where ballistic-missile submarines and their nuclear warheads are kept have approved a work strike, the BBC reports.
Upset over a pay disagreement with their employer, Babcock Marine, 95 percent of participating Unite union members approved pursuing strike action at Scotland's Faslane naval base where the four U.K. Vanguard-class ballistic-missile vessels are ported, and the nearby Coulport naval installation that houses nuclear arms. The union will hold more meetings prior to deciding whether to announce dates for striking, the news report states.
A strike at Faslane could affect submarine-maintenance work and the monitoring of radiation levels, according to the BBC.
"It is shameful that Babcock is trying to hide behind the [Defense Ministry] and say its hands are tied by the contractual arrangements, forcing a pay cut," Unite national officer Ian Waddell said.
Unite objects to Babcock's pay-increase proposal of 1 percent, which is below inflation.
This article was published in Global Security Newswire, which is produced independently by National Journal Group under contract with the Nuclear Threat Initiative. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan group working to reduce global threats from nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons.