11 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands lifting of public sector pay cap for Royal Fleet Auxiliary staff currently in the front line of Hurricane Irma rescue operation.
Speaking at the TUC Congress in Brighton, where the public sector pay cap will be debated today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT has nearly a thousand RFA members providing lifeline supply services to the navy and who have been hammered by the public sector pay cap through the current austerity measures.
"If the Government are seriously looking at lifting the cap then that shouldn't be on a piece meal basis and must include the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
"These workers were at the front line of the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, providing a floating hospital, and they are at the forefront again in the Caribbean in the wake of the hurricane destruction and are nearly always at the sharp end of these global disasters.
"It's time for the Government to respect the RFA workforce, lift the cap and give them a fair deal on pay. "