Workers could step up industrial action at three Lincolnshire RAF bases
Staff on Ministry of Defence contracts at three Lincolnshire RAF bases will be deciding on the next steps this week in their campaign against a one per cent pay offer.
More than 100 Serco employees who are Unite union members at Cranwell, Scampton and Digby started an overtime ban on Friday, August 9.
The members voted by a margin of 89 per cent to take industrial action, after rejecting the below inflation one per cent pay offer for 2013.
Workers have branded the offer an insult after the company announced an increase in contracts and massive profits, as well as a £4 million pound bonus for chief executive Chris Hayman, who has a £700,000 salary.
The union says the bonus is in stark contrast to members who earn an average £18,000 a year.
Unite regional officer Steve Syson, said: “Once again we see business rewarding its bosses to extortionate levels, while it leaves its workers in the doldrums, facing increases in their living costs with a below inflation pay offer.
“This comes after job reductions at the sites and the introduction of zero hours contracts.
“The result has been increasing workloads for remaining staff and less real pay in their pockets to support their families.
“Our members will be deciding in the coming days how best to step up their industrial action, given the paltry pay offer from this highly profitable company.
“We remain committed to seeking a resolution to this dispute and trust that Serco recognises the important part staff have played in making the company a success and gives them a decent pay rise.
“We would urge the company to engage meaningfully and avoid disruptive action.”
The jobs that Unite members do at the bases include fire and ambulance services, aircraft servicing, HGV and car drivers, and warehousing essential weapons.