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Walkouts at naval bases

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Issue 2394
Workers walking out at Faslane naval base
Workers walking out at Faslane naval base (Pic: Josh Brown)

Around 700 workers walked out at two Scottish naval bases on Tuesday of this week. More walkouts are expected as well as action short of a strike.

The workers at Faslane and Coulport are members of the Unite union employed by Babcock Marine.

Previous action was suspended as workers considered a new offer of 2 percent a year for two years, plus changes to conditions linked to a further 0.2 percent each year.

But then it emerged that the firm’s top four bosses got a 9 percent rise and £7 million in bonuses.

Workers voted nearly unanimously to reject management’s offer. 

One striker told Socialist Worker, “There is a real sense of determination around the mass walkout. All we’re asking for is a fair share of the profits we’ve generated.”

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