THIS WEEK IN 1979: Thirty per cent rise '˜insult' to workers

Unions at Portsmouth dockyard gave their verdict on the government's long-awaited pay offer.

Thursday, 17th August 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:30 am

Management pledged to pay the 6,000 naval base industrial workers comparable wages to commercial shipyards, and offered rises of between 22 and 30 per cent staged over nine months.

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But unions said the increases would still leave them lagging far behind.

Whitely committee chairman Alf Bonnie said: ‘This is a slap in the face and an insult to our intelligence. This will do nothing to stop the exodus of skilled men from the ‘yard.’