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WORKERS in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary have voted in favour of strikes and other forms of industrial action in a row over terms and conditions.

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said hundreds of its members had overwhelmingly backed action.

The union accused the RFA, which supplies the Royal Navy and is a vital cog in naval missions around the world, of trying to ‘bulldoze through’ major changes that would hit staff.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘It is unfortunate the RFA has refused to listen to our concerns in face-to-face talks and has forced us into a position where we had no alternative but to move to an industrial action ballot.

‘That ballot has now delivered a massive mandate for action and the union’s executive will consider the next moves.

‘The issues in dispute are all about valuing a workforce that plays an integral part of the defence of the UK and training that workforce for the future.’