Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2018 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Our Ref: SH/0001/RFA
11 October 2019


Dear Colleagues

Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2018 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Ballot papers will be hitting doormats in the next couple of days and it goes without saying that as soon as you receive your ballot paper you should do everything in your power to make sure it is returned to the independent scrutineer as quickly as possible and encourage all RMT members to use their vote.

The business case which has been much trumpeted by the Commodore in his weekly briefings is the only gesture we have received aimed at trying to resolve the dispute. At this stage it does not represent an improved offer. I can report that the Commodore is meeting with the Cabinet Office today and I shall advise you of the outcome of this meeting as soon as it is known.

Since the industrial action started in July, it has put a big spotlight on the work and responsibilities of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. In the political sphere, The RMT has been able to develop new cross party support for fair pay at the RFA. This is creating considerable pressure for the Commodore and the MOD to reach an equitable resolution with your union.

The union could not have achieved any of this if it wasn’t for you and your colleagues and the principled stand that you have taken to win pay justice after the years of pay freezes. We must collectively keep this pressure up to ensure that the vital role you play is rewarded with a decent pay rise in recognition of the work that you do and that you all rightly deserve.

Therefore, your union needs you all to return a magnificent ‘YES’ vote in the pay ballot. If the statutory thresholds are not met, then no industrial action can happen – even if members vote overwhelmingly ‘yes’ for strike action and industrial action short of a strike. Therefore, IF YOU DON’T VOTE – IT COUNTS AS A ‘NO’ VOTE. We cannot allow the RFA to win and use draconian anti-trade union laws to end the pay dispute.

If you do not receive your voting paper from the independent scrutineer, or know of a colleague who has not received it, please call the freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706, RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 or e-mail info@rmt.org.uk to request a replacement.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary