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DOZENS of workers at an Aberdeen-based helicopter firm have begun strike action to halt a real-terms pay cut.
On a turnout of 95 per cent, more than 80 per cent of engineers and mechanics represented by Unite voted for the rolling strike action, which could last until December 17, after CHC Scotia’s pay offer was overwhelmingly rejected.
Workers at the supplier of air services to oil and gas giants such as Shell and Petrofac were infuriated at the offer, amounting to 2.5 per cent backdated to April this year followed by 5 per cent backdated to November 1, and a 3.5 per cent increase in 2024, covering a period in which inflation ran in double-digits.
Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members will not accept a significant real-terms pay cut. CHC Scotia must substantially improve its offer to reflect the cost-of-living crisis.”
Unite industrial officer John Clark warned: “We hope that the first round of strike action focuses the minds of management to do what is required to resolve this dispute or it could escalate further.”
CHC Scotia was contacted for comment.
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