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Cammell Laird shipyard workers set to strike due to pay and conditions dispute

HUNDREDS of shipyard workers who build Royal Navy Dreadnought submarines and type 26 frigates have voted to go on strike.

Unite and GMB unions today announced that more than 400 staff members have backed a walkout at the Cammell Laird site in Birkenhead.

Workers including welders, electricians, fitters, cleaners and office staff voted with a 96 per cent majority in favour of a strike.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Cammell Laird has signed contracts worth hundreds of millions with the UK government to build and maintain its ships, yet it thinks it can get away with cutting our members’ pay in real terms.

“Unite won’t stand for such behaviour or any attempts by management to bully, harass or discriminate against our members.”

GMB organiser Albie McGuigan said: “These are skilled workers doing vital work for the Royal Navy and the commercial sector.

“Yet because of Cammell Laird’s poor response to their pay claim and unnecessary delays, they’re struggling to keep up with the cost of living.”

Cammell Laird has been approached for comment.

 

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