Contractor ISS Offer Armed Forces Personnel £15 Per Hour To Strike Break At Royal Graduation At RAF Cranwell On June 20th
In the first talks yesterday since January ISS refused to negotiate in any way and showed no interest or willingness to avert a strike says unions
ISS, the contractor facing a 24 hour strike at 8 RAF stations on June 20th, is offering armed service personnel from RAF Waddington £15 per hour to steward the royal graduation at RAF Cranwell on that day which will be attended by Prince Michael, Duke of Kent. Union members would be paid £7.31 per hour for the same event.
Strike action on June 20th is going ahead at 8 RAF stations in England and Wales after last ditch talks at Woking between ISS and GMB and Unite to avert strike action in a dispute over pay broke down with no progress.
The 240 GMB and Unite members are employed by contactor ISS to provide food services, cleaning, and other services at eight RAF stations in England and Wales. The first date for strike action will be June 20 and other dates as will be notified in due course
These members voted overwhelmingly for strike action in an official strike ballot that concluded on May 28th. ISS were notified of the ballot result and the unions asked for more talks but there has been no movement to resolve the pay dispute 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 strike action will be taken by members employed by ISS at the following 8 RAF stations: Cranwell, Scampton and Kirton-in-Lindsey in Lincolnshire, Valley in Anglesey, Shawbury and Cosford in Shropshire, Llanwrst 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.
Sian McClarence, GMB Regional officer, said "In the first talks yesterday since January ISS refused to negotiate in any way and showed no interest or willingness to avert a strike. ISS adopted exactly the same position they have throughout of refusing to negotiate on any point at all.
They were clearly 'going through the motions' and are more interested in bussing strike breakers 400 miles from Leuchars in Scotland with the offer of 3 days pay than in meaningful talks to resolve a situation of their own making.
Mike McCartney, Unite National officer said " The irony of offering RAF staff £15 an hour to cover ISS staff paid less than half that amount and who are in dispute over an 8p pay offer suggests a naivety bordering on the stupid.
ISS seem more intent on strike breaking than dispute resolution. GMB and Unite are calling for the Minister of State for the Armed Forces Andrew Robathan, the MP for South Leicestershire to intervene."
Contact: Sian McClarence, GMB Regional Officer 07966 327 972 or Justin Bowden 07710 631 351 or Mike McCartney, Unite National Officer 07958 514 766 GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823