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Cammell Laird Pay Dispute Settled

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

GMB Members At Cammell Laird In Birkenhead Vote To Accept Improved Offer And Call Off Strike Action In Pay Dispute

The new agreement will cover the next three years and will provide the workforce with a guaranteed increase in their pay rates says GMB

GMB members at Cammell Laird shipyard have voted to accept an improved pay offer and have called off the dispute in the yard over pay. This means the 24 hour strike fixed for Monday 22nd September will not now take place. See notes to editors for copy of GMB press release dated 3 Sept on the dispute.

Albie McGuigan, GMB Regional Officer, saidThere were talks on Friday 12th with senior management where we were able to negotiate an improved offer to take back to the workforce.

There was a mass meeting of the workforce in the yard to discuss the improved offer. This was accepted by a huge majority.

The agreement will cover the next three years and will provide the workforce with a guaranteed increase in their pay rates.

The pay dispute has been settled and the strike action due next week has been called off.

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Contact Albie McGuigan on 0151 728 2924 or 07860 593 479 or GMB press office on 07921 289880.

Notes to editors

Copy of GMB press release of Wednesday 3 September 2014

Industrial Action Looms At Cammell Laird Shipyard In Birkenhead As GMB Members Vote To Take Action In Pay Dispute

An overtime ban and other action short of a strike will begin on 11th September and if meaningful talks are not restarted there will be 24 hour strike on 22nd September says GMB

560 workers at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead have voted overwhelmingly for strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay.

The ballot result has been conveyed to the company and they will be given notice shortly that action short of a strike will begin on Thursday 11th September and that if meaningful talks are not restarted  there will be 24 hour strike on Monday 22nd September.

Cammell Laird specialises in military ship refit, commercial ship repair, conversions and shipbuilding. One big project in the yard is a refit job on the Royal Navy ship Fort Victoria with a delivery date in December. The company also operate in energy sector in particular the off shore wind industry and in the civil nuclear sector.

Albie McGuigan, GMB Regional Officer, said “For the last few months GMB has been trying to improve pay and some additional terms and conditions for our members at Cammell Laird shipyard. All attempts have failed and the company’s offer is far short of our aspirations.

The members have now voted decisively for industrial action and I have conveyed this information to the company. I will be formally notifying the company shortly that an overtime ban, maximum safety and flexibility restrictions will begin on Thursday 11th September.  If that does not restart meaningful dialogue we will have a 24 hour strike on Monday the 22nd September.”

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