Our Ref: SH/0001/RFA
19th November 2019
Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2018 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Further to my previous letter in which I advised of the ballot result, you will be aware that despite members voting for industrial action, the statutory thresholds were not met in respect of this ballot.
The turnout in the ballot was 49.8%, had two more members voted in this ballot then the threshold would have been met. Yet again we are confronted by the perniciousness of the anti-trade union legislation, which is designed to stymie democracy in the workplace. The legislation is designed make it difficult for trade unions to organise industrial action and it is especially difficult to overcome these hurdles at the RFA, where RMT members are away from home for months at a time.
I can assure you that this union’s campaign for pay justice at the RFA will continue. The National Executive Committee has instructed me to convene a meeting with our Royal Fleet Auxiliary Representatives to discuss the way forward and look to build a strategy that will deliver a decent pay uplift for RMT members and overcomes the barriers placed in front of us.
Negotiations have been delayed throughout this dispute because of the shifting political landscape; this has been confirmed by recent correspondence from the Commodore stating that any further proposals to improve pay at the RFA will have to wait until after the General Election as any proposals will have to be signed off by a Minister. Your union will therefore seek to commence negotiations for the 2019 pay award as soon as the election has concluded. So let us use this period to reflect and focus our minds on the forthcoming task of building a strategy to seek pay justice at the RFA.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank members for their support throughout this process.