Security staff working for Securitas at Exxon Mobile’s Fawley Oil Refinery in Southampton have voted unanimously to accept a pay increase of up to 31%.
The employees, members of trade union GMB, have accepted a new pay structure which means they are paid no less than £11 per hour, with the majority moving from £9.50 to £12.50 an hour, in a boost that keeps wages ahead of rising inflation.
David McMullen, organising assistant at GMB, said: “The collective strength and resolve of security staff at Securitas, Fawley Oil Refinery shows how by sticking together they were able to secure a pay settlement that better met their expectations.
“Securitas agreed that this levelling up was needed to help bring its workers’ pay in line with competitors. Unlike the much-talked-about government levelling-up process, this is what real levelling up looks like and why it is so important for workers to join a union that will fight for fair pay and working conditions.
“We were clear to Securitas from the off that we couldn’t continue with pay offers that would not allow our members to pay their soaring energy bills and other costs that was making it hard to live.
“Our members held their nerve and waited patiently despite delays in talks while Securitas negotiated with its client Exxon Mobile. Given the vast profits generated by the oil industry it is excellent to see some of this wealth finally trickling down to our members who rightly deserve a fair pay rise.”
Securitas was contacted for comment prior to publication.