1 July 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT blasts Government as action by Royal Navy Lifeline workers in fight for fair pay goes ahead tomorrow
Maritime union RMT confirmed today that a programme of industrial action involving nearly 700 workers at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary – the Royal Navy supply lifeline – in a fight for pay justice goes ahead tomorrow.
RMT today accused the Tory Government of directy interfering in the pay negotiations, forcing the employer to impose a 1.5% increase, undermining the living standards of a crucial group of workers who have seen service in major trouble spots, including the Falklands and the Gulf, at huge personal risk.
Consequently, with effect from 00:01 hours on Tuesday 2nd July 2019, until further notice, RFA members are instructed:-
•Not to come back early from End of Voyage Leave , to join at the correct time and not to volunteer to extend if asked by the company.
•Only to conduct Maritime and Coastguard Agency 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.
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.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
" It is frankly disgusting that this government, who are very fond of praising our forces when it suits them, are trying to impose a pay cut on the brave men and women who supply the Royal Navy in danger zones and humanitarian missions around the globe.
"From the Falklands to the Gulf the RFA is the navy lifeline and those working within it deserve far better than this kick in the teeth from the Tories. The Government should lift the pay cap and allow us to negotiate a fair settlement with the employer.
“RMT will not stand by while RFA staff are denied basic pay justice. The union has launched a “Fair Pay for RFA” campaign and we have had fantastic public and political support for this essential group of workers. We remain available for genuine and meaningful talks.”