By Marcus Leach
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) have confirmed today (Monday) that members of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are the latest to join the strike action proposed for November 30th.
It was confirmed that members on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have voted by large margins for strike action and action short of a strike in the dispute over pensions.
In the ballot around 60% voted for strike action and 80% for action short of a strike.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary services the Royal Naval fleet around the world.
“The Royal Fleet Auxiliary services the Royal Navy in times of both war and peace. It is nothing short of a scandal that brave men and women who risk their lives to get supplies through to the ships in war zones around the world are facing an attack on their pensions by this Government to help bail out the bankers-led financial crisis," RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said.
"Only this morning we learn that top bankers salaries have risen by 12% while the men and women out on the high seas in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary are expected to stand back and watch their pensions that they have built up down the years take a battering.”
However, the government has warned that any strike action could have detrimental effects, as union members were warned to avoid strike action or risk losing the tabled offer from the government.
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