Members of the Nautilus International union at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) have voted strongly in favour of industrial action.

The ballot followed the rejection by members of a 4.5% pay offer for 2023 that fell far below the rate of inflation.

Since 2010, say the union, RFA employees have faced real terms pay cut of over 30%, beyond other blue light services, leading to significant challenges in recruitment and retention and low morale across the workforce.

The results of the ballot are as follows:

  • 79% voted yes to strike action
  • 85% voted yes to action short of a strike
  • 60% turnout

Nautilus director of organising Martyn Gray said:

“The result of this ballot is a clear indication of the strength of frustration amongst our members at the RFA, who feel overworked, underpaid, and undervalued. The RFA is vital to the UK’s naval capabilities. In a time of significant geo-political instability, we do not wish to see disruption to the RFA’s operations. We hope this ballot result will focus minds and we look forward to engaging further with the RFA and the Ministry of Defence as a matter of urgency to forge a path forward that reflects the deeply held concerns of our members and avoids industrial action.”

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Mike (@guest_808858)
29 days ago

About time and hopefully the RN will notice they can’t keep riding roughshot over a service which always delivers.

Frank62 (@guest_808890)
28 days ago

No wonder morale & retention is so bad when those on the front line are treated so badly.

Cognitio68 (@guest_809345)
27 days ago

A little while ago I took a look at the salaries they were offering for new starters and my daughter was paid more for working in a public sector call centre. Somebody in the MOD needs a reality check. At the salaries they offer they’re just never going to get the required people.

Dern (@guest_809357)
27 days ago

Just about the only Strike the navy can manage.

Nick Carter announces that he’s finally been able to deliver strike (in the wrong service)

Naval Strike Missile misfires aboard RFA vessel

The jokes just write themselves don’t they?