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RFA: industrial action gets MOD back around the table

26 June 2024

The Ministry of Defence has agreed to return to the negotiating table with Nautilus International following industrial action short of strike by members at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).

For 25 days Nautilus members have undertaken work responsibilities commensurate with their job title and have not provided cover or acted in a capacity above or below their job title.

The industrial action has affected ordinary operations across the RFA flotilla and shore-based establishments. Nautilus members continue to work as normal during active operations and continue to work in full compliance with all safety guidelines and policies.

Nautilus International director of organising Martyn Gray said: ‘Members have shown enormous strength and resilience under pressure. By standing together and standing strong, our actions are helping to deliver the outcomes needed to improve RFA pay and conditions now and in the future.

‘We hope that this meeting represents a positive step towards resolving the industrial dispute, and that the government is prepared to put forward a serious offer. We have been clear that this should make up for the severe pay austerity our members have endured for over a decade and reflect their hard work and the essential role that they play in the defence of this country.'

Nautilus International will meet with David Williams, permanent Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of Defence, to discuss a resolution.


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