Environment Agency staff back industrial action over pay

One fifth of Environment Agency staff have voted in favour of industrial action over what they feel to be inadequate pay rises.

Members of the workers’ union UNISON voted on Wednesday to back the use of industrial action over the below-inflation pay rise they were given in January, which could include strike action.

A UNISON spokesman told ENDS that around 2,125 out of 2,800 of its members supported the vote (85%). This represents approximately one fifth of the entire EA workforce of 10,000 staff, UNISON said.

Union members are calling for a stop to unpaid overtime and work travel during workers’ personal time as well as a higher pay rise than the 1.3% increase they were given in January.

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