Helicopter engineers in Suffolk start industrial action

Civilian engineers at a Suffolk airbase servicing Apache helicopters deployed in Afghanistan and Libya are to begin industrial action over pay.

Morson Wynnwith engineers at Wattisham claim to be paid £3,000 a year less than staff in Hampshire.

The company said earlier that a pay offer had been declined.

Unite members will stop overtime, work to rule and withdraw goodwill from 06:00 BST on Wednesday. The union says it has 100 members among 150 workers.

Unite regional officer Mark Robinson said: "Our members are largely ex-military personnel and do not take these steps lightly."

In a statement last month Morson said it was fully committed to resolving the dispute amicably without industrial action.

Staff voted 71 to 14 in favour of strike action while 81 were in favour of action short of strike.

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