GMB MEMBERS VOTE FOR STRIKE ACTION AT CAMMELL LAIRD SHIPYARD
Our members have been backed into a corner by management and they feel this is the only way to protect their livelihoods.
Members of GMB, the union for shipbuilders, have voted to take strike action at Cammell Laird Shipyard in dispute over pay and conditions.
A total of 500 workers will walk out at the shipyard, in Birkenhead, on January 26 and 29 if no resolution is found.
The strike is aimed at achieving a settlement to an ongoing dispute over the 2017 pay and conditions claim.
Albie McGuigan, GMB Organiser, said:
“The Joint Trade Unions pay claim was submitted on May 8 2017 to allow plenty of time to achieve a settlement for the anniversary date of July 6.
“We eventually received an offer June 29 which showed a complete disregard to the content of our claim.
“Since then we have met company representatives on numerous occasions and offered to amend our claim in various ways over a multi-year deal if they are willing to negotiate their position.
“However, it became increasingly obvious that their one and only offer was not negotiable.
“Therefore we had no option but to run a consultative ballot, resulting in a massive rejection.
“After reflecting on this result we moved onto a full ERS industrial action ballot which produced a clear mandate for strike action.
"We have a further meeting arranged to seek resolution. However if this is not successful the workers will down tools on January 26 and 29 for 24-hour periods, with further dates planned in February.
“No one wants to take strike action – but our members are angry.
"They have been backed into a corner by management are seeking to improve their terms and protect their livelihoods."
Contact: GMB press office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org