Prospect moves to strike action over pay at AWE

10 January 2024

Prospect members at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) are moving to strike action after two months of action short of a strike have failed to produce any meaningful movement from the company.

Members will walk out for 24 hours starting on Wednesday 24 January 2024 at 07:00.

Action short of a strike commenced on 13 November and will continue up until strike action is taken and will re-commence at 07:01 on 25 January 2024.

Mike Clancy, General Secretary of Prospect, said:

“Our members at AWE who maintain the UK’s nuclear deterrent have been left with no option but to strike.

“We have done all we can to facilitate negotiation, but the employer continues to neither bring any meaningful change to the table, or indeed explain any of its previous decisions on pay in a satisfactory manner.

“There is already a recruitment and retention crisis at AWE. If nothing is done to improve pay then the company will be unable to compete for skills and risks being unable to fulfil its critical role in safeguarding our national security.

“There is still time to avoid this action if the employer comes back to the table with an improved offer and a genuine commitment to open engagement.”