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The ballot on the latest improved offer of 10% for 2024 and a further 5% for 2025 closed Friday and saw a majority of 86% turn the deal down.
GMB officials will meet with union reps today to discuss next steps and a strategy for industrial action.
Charlotte Brumpton-Childs, GMB National Officer, said: “Engineering construction worker’s pay has plummeted to more than 20% below inflation.
“So it’s not hugely surprising they haven’t accepted a pay deal that still amounts to a real terms pay cut.
“These are extremely skilled workers, who are considering mass legal industrial action for the first time in their careers because their employers have failed to keep their rates of pay in line with inflation.”
Action by workers covered by the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI) could hit the Stanlow, Fawley, Valero, Grangemouth and Mossmorran Oil Refineries, as well as at the Sellafield nuclear facility.