GMB calls off strike by MoD drivers in Wiltshire

This Is Wiltshire: Warminster Garrison Warminster Garrison

Members of the GMB union who work for Babcock Land at the MoD's Warminster Garrison have called off strike action over a threatened pay cut.

The 25, who work as drivers, say they are delighted that the contractor has scrapped proposals for annualised hours contract which would have cut their pay.

GMB members have accepted new proposals from the company and have called off planned industrial action.

Carolle Vallelly, GMB Regional Officer, said "GMB members are delighted the Babcock’s management have removed the proposals for annualised hours contracts.

"The solidarity shown by the members with their overwhelming vote for industrial action has demonstrated the strength of their feelings and we are pleased the management have listened and acted in response to this."

The planned changes would have had the knock-on effect of the GMB members losing overtime which enables many of them to live on the wages they are paid.

All 25 GMB members employed by Babcock Land at Warminster Garrison voted for industrial action in a dispute over pay cuts last month.

Ms Vallelly said at the time: "All these members employed by Babcock are drivers for the MoD. They do an incredibly difficult job, often sleeping overnight in a tent on a freezing Salisbury Plain. 

"They frequently go above and beyond what is required of them, and deserve better from their employer."

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10:46am Thu 7 Aug 14

brandx says...

A good news for trade union action and solidarity. Superbly illustrates what trade union membership can achieve. Well done GMB. Don't let the right wing media run down the necessity of trade union membership. What else have working people got for protection?
A good news for trade union action and solidarity. Superbly illustrates what trade union membership can achieve. Well done GMB. Don't let the right wing media run down the necessity of trade union membership. What else have working people got for protection? brandx
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9:39am Sat 9 Aug 14

devilstail says...

brandx wrote:
A good news for trade union action and solidarity. Superbly illustrates what trade union membership can achieve. Well done GMB. Don't let the right wing media run down the necessity of trade union membership. What else have working people got for protection?
"What else have working people got for protection?"

They could look for another job!
[quote][p][bold]brandx[/bold] wrote: A good news for trade union action and solidarity. Superbly illustrates what trade union membership can achieve. Well done GMB. Don't let the right wing media run down the necessity of trade union membership. What else have working people got for protection?[/p][/quote]"What else have working people got for protection?" They could look for another job! devilstail
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