Union mem­bers vote to end dis­pute

The Oban Times - - DIS­TRICTS -

MEM­BERS of the trades union Unite at the Coul­port and Faslane naval bases have over­whelm­ingly voted to end a dis­pute over work­ers’ rights.

The de­ci­sion was taken last Tues­day April 18 at a mass meet­ing of mem­bers, all of them civil­ian staff who sup­port naval oper­a­tions at the home of the UK’s nu­clear sub­ma­rine fleet.

The mem­bers voted to ac­cept a new ac­cord de- signed to re­pair in­dus­trial re­la­tions at the bases. It was ne­go­ti­ated last week be­tween Unite gen­eral sec­re­tary Len McCluskey, Unite of­fi­cers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives, and se­nior of­fi­cers of em­ployer Bab- cock Marine. Civil­ian staff at Coul­port and Faslane started in­dus­trial ac­tion on March 24, af­ter al­le­ga­tions that Bab­cock Marine was un­der­min­ing work­ers’ rights as part of a cam­paign to out­source work.

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