Unite union members stage two 24-hour walk-outs at three Lincolnshire RAF bases
Serco workers on Ministry of Defence contracts at three Lincolnshire RAF bases are set to stage two 24-hour strikes in their stepped-up campaign against a one per cent pay offer.
More than 100 employees who are Unite union members at Cranwell, Scampton and Digby will strike on Friday, August 23 and Tuesday, August 27 from one minute past midnight on both days.
The strikes will run in tandem with the overtime ban which started on August 9, which the union says will cause severe disruption to the running of the bases.
The jobs that Unite members do at the bases include fire and ambulance services, aircraft servicing, HGV and car drivers, and warehousing essential weapons.
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The members had voted by a margin of 89 per cent to take industrial action, after rejecting the below inflation one per cent pay offer for 2013.
Unite points out that Serco has increased its number of contracts and makes handsome profits, as well as awarding a massive £4 million bonus to chief executive Chris Hayman to top up his £700,000 salary.
Unite says Serco workers earn an average of £18,000 a year.
Unite regional officer Steve Syson said: “Our members are reluctantly taking strike action because their living standards are being pushed to the wall.
“It will cause a great deal of disruption to the smooth running of the three RAF bases.
“We remain committed to seeking a resolution to this dispute and Serco needs to recognise the importance that staff have played in making the company a success and give them the decent pay rise they so richly deserve.
“We would urge the company to engage in meaningful negotiations and avoid disruptive action.”