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Fleet Auxiliarly action over pay

Nearly 700 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors, members of the RMT union, are to take industrial action from 2 July in a dispute over pay. They have been offered a pay rise of just 1.5 per cent.

They will be working contracted hours only, turning down requests to come back early from shore leave, and refusing to cater for social events such as officers’ cocktail parties – though there may be exemptions for members whose ships are involved in humanitarian relief or military action.

• A longer version of this article is on the web at Action over pay in Royal Fleet Auxiliary