Princess Yachts workers threaten to strike over pay freeze

Employees at Princess Yachts could go on strike over a proposed wage freeze, the workers’ union Unite has warned

Princess Yachts could face a production shutdown after its unionised employees threatened to go on strike.

The row concerns a proposed pay freeze, which has lead workers’ union Unite to suggest industrial action.

Around 1,800 staff voted overwhelmingly in favour of the strike last week, although conciliatory talks have been called to rectify the situation.

Dave Springbett, Princess employee and regional officer for Unite, told the Plymouth Herald: “We have balloted them and [the pay offer] has been rejected. Our number one aim is to get the management and directors around the table.”

He added that there has not been a workers strike at Princess Yachts in the past 30 years. The local newspaper reports that the last widespread pay rises at Princess came at the end of 2013.

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Princess Yachts has five premises in Plymouth and is currently celebrating its golden anniversary year with an historic restoration of a Project 31, which is due to go on show at the Cannes Yachting Festival next month (September 8-13) alongside the new 35M superyacht (pictured above).