Britain’s nuclear submarine deterrent is at risk as engineering staff at Faslane threaten to strike over cost cuts by the Ministry of Defence. A growing dispute over a new contract designed to break up submarine maintenance into smaller work parcels has prompted unions at two key naval bases in Scotland to appeal to Ben Wallace, the Defence Secretary, to settle the row after warnings it could damage national security. Workers at the Coulport and Faslane bases have already voted to strike over a pay deal. They are due to down tools on Friday March 12 after 95pc of union Unite’s 1,000-strong membership at the sites backed industrial action.
Telegraph 6th March 2021 read more »