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Defence Secretary warned UK support for Ukraine at risk as Storm Shadow missile workers strike

by LLB staff reporter
1st Sep 23 8:29 am

GMB Union members assembling missiles going directly to the Ukrainian frontline continue industrial action.

GMB union has warned new Defence Secretary Grant Shapps the UK’s efforts in Ukraine risk being undermined if a Ministry of Defence (MoD) dispute is allowed to spread.

More than 50 workers at a secretive MoD missile site in Beith have been on strike for some weeks in a dispute over bonuses given to some workers and not others.

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The site assembles a variety of weapons including Storm Shadow and Brimstone missiles, both of which are being supplied to Ukraine’s frontline forces.

Meanwhile another pay grievance has been submitted at a MoD site – with members balloting on their pay offer.

The new Defence Secretary used his first public statement to pledge continued support for Ukraine.

But GMB says this support is at risk due to an ongoing dispute among MoD workers who assemble, store and transport munitions vital to the war effort.

Ukrainian trade unions and politicians have themselves supported the striking workers.

Kevin Brandstatter, GMB National Officer, said, “GMB members at the Ministry of Defence play an absolutely vital role in supporting the UK’s efforts in Ukraine.

Many of the missiles they work on go directly to the Ukrainian frontline.

“But a failure to settle this dispute by the employer and the Ministry of Defence means that effort is being undermined.

“These workers are fundamental to the effective operation of these important defence sites. All they are asking for is the fairness they deserve.

“We urge the new Defence Secretary to meet these workers and work to resolve this dispute, so that the important work being done to support Ukraine can continue.”

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