£3.1bn ship could be hit by strike

The Sunday Post (Dundee) - - History -

THE Royal Navy’s £3.1bn air­craft car­rier may be stuck in Portsmouth if a na­tional pay dis­pute in­volv­ing tug boat crew mem­bers steams ahead.

The Queen El­iz­a­beth would be un­able to leave its port in Portsmouth if Serco Ma­rine Ser­vices work­ers strike over a pay dis­pute.

Serco Ma­rine Ser­vices em­ploy a 350 per­son tug boat crew at Greenock, Faslane and Kyle, as well as at Devon­port and Portsmouth.

The crew over­whelm­ingly re­jected a 1.8% pay rise for 2016-17 and 2.2% for 2017-18.

Unite na­tional of­fi­cer Bobby Mor­ton said: “If our mem­bers vote for strike ac­tion it will cre­ate waves in­dus­tri­ally. The Queen El­iz­a­beth needs the tugs.”

HMS Queen El­iz­a­beth.

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