RMT to join M28 strike against ‘millionaire public schoolboys’ pension cuts

by - 15th March 2012, 17.12 BST

Workers at the Ministry of Defence’s naval supply arm are to join a second national strike against proposed pensions cuts.

RMT members at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary took part in the 30th November 2011 strike and the union has been involved in subsequent negotiations with government officials to try to resolve the dispute.

The government last week issued what it said was its final position, following these talks.

However, a number of unions – in education and the civil service – have rejected the proposals in their current form and are preparing for further industrial action in two weeks time.

RMT’s Shipping Grades Committee has met to consider the matter and RMT will now join in a further national day of strike action with our sister trade unions on Wednesday 28th March 2012.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow (pictured) said: “RMT members on the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the service that supplies the Royal Navy fleet around the world in times of both war and peace, will be standing shoulder to shoulder with hundreds of thousands of other public service workers on 28th March.

“We will be sending the clearest message to the Government that we will defend our pensions to the hilt and the demand that our members should work longer, pay more and get less will be thrown back in the faces of this Government of millionaire public schoolboys.

“It’s the bankers and the bosses who have gambled with our country’s future and the men and women who provide the lifeline services to the Royal Navy fleet should not have to tolerate a worse pension and be forced to work longer to make up for their mistakes.”