Trident staff in pay revolt

THE UNION representing engineers and scientists working on nuclear warheads for Britain’s Trident missiles said they are to take industrial action in protest over the latest pay offer from their employer, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

Prospect union spokesman Graham Stewart said its 1,300 members, who represent the majority of specialist staff at AWE’s Aldermaston and Burghfield sites in Berkshire, west of London, would demonstrate at the site on 23 November.

AWE, which supplies and maintains Britain’s nuclear missile warheads, is managed for the government by AWE Management, a consortium of Jacobs Engineering Group, Lockheed Martin UK and Serco. The 25-year management contract runs until March 2025.