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Late votes in Blue Book union ballot raise serious questions

LETTERS

Sir, We , the stewards of Amicus /GMB /T&G at CB&I, South Hook, Milford Haven, read with interest your report 'Pay chaos to hit steel subbies' (News, February 16), regarding the pay offer under the Naeci Blue Book agreement.

The results from the ballot that was offered to our members had to be concluded on February 17. On Monday, February 20, we telephoned the regional office and were informed that the offer was rejected.

On Tuesday we were informed that on Monday evening they had found some votes that had reversed the decision (News, February 23). We find this hard to accept as the concluding day was February 17.

Where did these votes come from?

We also noticed in your article that typical wages under the new agreement would be £802 a week. This is a before-tax figure and includes six hours overtime (44-hour week) plus £175 lodge allowance. Currently a construction worker Grade 5 takes home for a 44-hour week, excluding lodge allowance, £423.

Ricky Crolla Allistair Carlile Douglas Corbett Phil Sinclair