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

Our Ref: SH/0001/RFA

18th June 2019



Dear Colleagues


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


Further to my letter dated 6th June 2019 in relation to the above, your union’s National Executive Committee has recently met with the Lead Officer and your Representatives to discuss the best strategy going forward to resolve the pay dispute. Having taken into consideration the views of your Lead Officer and elected Representatives, the union’s National Executive Committee has again considered the matter and believes we have no alternative but to take industrial action in order to win pay justice at the RFA.


Consequently, with effect from 00:01 hours on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, until further notice, you are instructed:-

 •Not to come back early from EVL, to join at the correct time and not to volunteer to extend if asked by the company.

•Only to conduct MCA mandatory safety drills and not to take part in prism serials or any RFA specific drills. This would include any serials undertaken by FOST staff

•Work contracted hours, not to carry out any work over and above contracted hours unless responding to emergencies.

•Catering grade members are not to prepare any food for any social functions i.e. Cocktail parties and social gatherings for ships coming out of refits and stewards should refuse to work these social functions.

•Not to carry out duties that would have been carried out by members of other departments taking industrial action.


NB - Members who are participating in humanitarian and/or disaster relief operations or are reacting to a military conflict situation will be exempt from the above industrial action. 


Furthermore, in the coming weeks the RMT will be convening a series of events and demonstrations to raise awareness of the pay dispute. I will be circulating details of these events shortly.  


The RFA is aware that as always, the RMT remains available for talks and is ready to enter into negotiations in order resolve the current dispute. 





Yours sincerely


Mick Cash

General Secretary