Union members work-to-rule and overtime ban results in better conditions at air base


Engineers at Wattisham airbase in Suffolk, servicing Apache helicopters in Afghanistan, have accepted a revised three-year pay offer.

Unite, which represents more than 100 staff employed by Morson Wynnwith at Wattisham, Prince Harry’s home base, said that its members voted overwhelmingly to accept the offer. This means that the work-to-rule and overtime ban, which started on 7 September, has ended.

The crux of the dispute was that the Wattisham staff received about £3,000 less a year than their counterparts at the firm’s Middle Wallop site in Hampshire and management’s failure to keep its promise to more closely align pay.

The three-year pay offer, now accepted, is for 2.25 per cent in the first year and then 2.5 per cent and 2.75 per cent in years two and three. It is backdated to April this year.

Unite regional officer Mark Robinson said: ”Our members have overwhelmingly accepted the revised three-year pay offer. However, Unite will continue to press for greater harmonisation with the Middle Wallop site at future negotiations with the company.

”An independent job evaluation exercise is being undertaken comparing the roles between Wattisham and Middle Wallop to ascertain whether the pay differential is justifiable.”

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