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Three months of strikes start at Clyde nuclear bases
A CLAIMED breakdown in relations between civilian workers and Babcock Marine management at Coulport and Faslane has resulted in a continuous overtime and on-call ban.
Union Unite will start strike action at the Clyde naval bases at midnight tonight in a dispute over worker’s rights.
It will affect all areas at the bases, including the nuclear operations department.
Unite members in different roles will also take part in a series of staggered periods of strike action that will have an impact on naval operations until June 15.
Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: ‘Our members have been forced into this action today. Management at Babcock Marine have engineered a complete breakdown of normal relations with workers.
‘Our fear is that they want to try and undermine workers’ rights so they can cut jobs and service quality through more outsourcing.
‘They want to squeeze as much money as they can out of being involved in the nation’s defence.
‘But our members work hard supporting the Royal Navy’s operations and will not allow profit to be put before service.
‘We have no doubt that this action will cause major disruption to the day-to-day services that Babcock Marine provides.
‘If the company wants to resolve this dispute, it has to pledge to start acting as a reasonable employer that treats its staff as partners.’
On Thursday March 9, members of the union voted 99 per cent in favour of industrial action and 96 per cent in favour of strike action.
A Babcock spokesman said: ‘Babcock is disappointed and perplexed by Unite’s actions.
‘Through the conciliation service ACAS and ongoing direct discussions, Unite tabled a number of issues they wanted to discuss with us.
‘We have accommodated these points, offering reasonable solutions to all of the issues. We are not clear therefore on the purpose of this strike action.
‘We are working closely with our customer and the 1100 Babcock employees who are not involved in this industrial action to minimise any impact to the smooth running of HMNB Clyde.’