560 workers at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay,writes Tim Lezard. An overtime ban will begin a week today, with a 24-hour strike scheduled for September 22nd if meaningful talks are …

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560 workers at Cammell Laird shipyard in Birkenhead have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in a dispute over pay,writes Tim Lezard.

An overtime ban will begin a week today, with a 24-hour strike scheduled for September 22nd if meaningful talks are not re-started.

GMB regional officer Albie McGuigan said: “For the last few months GMB has been trying to improve pay and some additional terms and conditions for our members at Cammell Laird shipyard. All attempts have failed and the company’s offer is far short of our aspirations.

“The members have now voted decisively for industrial action and I have conveyed this information to the company. I will be formally notifying the company shortly that an overtime ban, maximum safety and flexibility restrictions will begin on Thursday 11th September.  If that does not restart meaningful dialogue we will have a 24 hour strike on Monday the 22nd September”.

 


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