13-Jun-2011 Source: HeliHub.com
Britain’s Apache engineers could go out on strike if today’s pay negotiations are rejected, it has been reported.Â The Unite union is in discussions with engineering firm Morson Wynnwith who employ the engineers, and meet the company directors today to try to reach a compromise.
Mark Robinson, regional officer for Unite, said: â€œThe company made a revised offer a couple of weeks ago, which was rejected by our membership. Strike action hasnâ€™t been ruled out at this point. We have exhausted the internal procedures. We hope to avoid the need to take an industrial action ballot, but thatâ€™s in the gift of the company. They are fully aware that our membership has rejected their latest offer and if we canâ€™t come to an agreement, thatâ€™s one step that we may wish to look at.â€
Tony Beaumont, executive account director for Morson Wynnwith, said: â€œWeâ€™re trying to agree a pay settlement and in the current climate, thatâ€™s quite a difficult thing to do because we have got the pressures of the economy and inflation. We just want to settle it and move on. Iâ€™m hopeful we can get this sorted in the normal fashion and as quickly as possible.â€
Morson Wynnwith is a subcontractor providing engineering and technical services on behalf of helicopter company AgustaWestland, which manages the Apache fleet for the Ministry of Defence.Â The company employs more than 200 workers and contractors, of whom around 180 could be affected by the industrial action.
Jeremy Parkin – HeliHub.com