Wattisham engineers consider revised pay offer

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Apache helicopter engineers based at Wattisham Airfield are considering a revised pay offer just nine days into industrial action over pay disputes.

Unite, which represents more than 100 employees working at the site, said that its members would consider the new offer over the next few days.

An overtime ban and work-to-rule, which began on September 7, continues.

Staff who service the Apache helicopters at Wattisham Airfield - where Prince Harry is based - were unhappy to discover that they receive £3,000 less a year than their counterparts in Hampshire. Industrial action began after their bosses, at Morson Wynnwith, failed to stick to an agreement to more closely align pay.

The new three-year pay offer consists of a 2.25 percent increase in the first year, 2.5 percent increase in the second year and 2.75 percent increase in the third year.

Unite regional officer Mark Robinson said: “Unite does not believe the new offer meets our members’ aspirations and expectations.

“However, we are willing to consult with the membership on the revised offer and take a mandate from them.”

Strike action is still a possibility if this offer is thrown out.