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Last Ditch Talks To Avert June 20th Strike

Monday, June 17, 2013

Last Ditch Talks With Iss Today 17th June To Avert June 2oth Strike Action At Eight RAF Stations In England And Wales In Pay Dispute

We hope their decision to come to the table today for the first time since January is a positive sign that they are serious about avoiding a highly damaging strike says unions

Last ditch talks are underway today( June 17th) at Woking between ISS and GMB and Unite to avert strike action on June 20th at 8 RAF stations in a dispute over pay.

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 said: "For nearly 6 months, ISS have been sleep-walking into a dispute at the RAF.

We hope their decision to come to the table today and talk for the first time since January can be interpreted as a positive sign that they are serious about avoiding a highly damaging strike and regaining the trust of the workforce who feel they have been through the mill. GMB will certainly be going into these talks with an open mind."

Mike McCartney said: "Unite have been told ISS plan to bring people nearly 400 miles from Leuchars in Scotland to Cranwell in Lincolnshire, provide them up with full board and lodgings and give them 3 days pay.

It would be simpler and cheaper to sit down and find a way forward.

Unite look forward to ISS's offer to meet today as opening the way to productive negotiations as up to now they have been more interested in brow-beating their staff into strike-breaking that finding a way forward."


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

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