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RAF Stations Strike Vote

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Yes Vote For Strike Action By GMB And Unite Members Employed By Contractor ISS At Eight RAF Stations In England And Wales In Pay Dispute

The next step is for the two unions to meet to consider the ballot result and if there is no movement to fix dates for strike action at the eight RAF stations

240 GMB and Unite members employed by contactor ISS, who provide food services, cleaning, and other services at eight RAF stations in England and Wales, have voted overwhelmingly for strike action a dispute over pay.

The official strike ballot concluded on May 28th. ISS have been notified of the ballot result. The next step is for the two unions to meet to consider the ballot result and if there is no movement to fix dates for strike action 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 ballot covers members employed by ISS at the following 8 RAF stations: Cranwell, Scampton and Kirton-in-Lindsay in Lincolnshire, Valley in Anglesy, Shawbury and Cosford in Shropshire, Llanwryst 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: “The ballot result has now been conveyed to the employer. The next step is for the two unions to meet to consider the ballot result and if there is no movement to fix dates for strike action a t the eight bases.

ISS threw the gauntlet down to Unite and GMB members, effectively telling them 'put up or shut up'. This massive 'yes' for strike action means the message is loud and clear that ISS need to reconsider their insulting offer or dates for strikes will be set.”

Mike McCartney, Unite National Officer said: “Both GMB and Unite want to sit down with ISS and revisit these talks with the hope of a positive outcome. However we now have a mandate from our members for action. If ISS are not prepared to talk then we will use that mandate.”

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Sian McClarence, GMB Regional Officer 07966 327 972 or Justin Bowden GMB National Officer on 07710 631 351 or GMB Press Office 07921 289 880 or 07974 251 823.

 

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