Union Workers Approve Strike Action at U.K. Nuclear Base

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Feb. 5, 2014, 9:29 a.m.

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.

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