Workers at engineering firm vote to strike

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Dozens of staff at Tipton-based multi-national engineering firm Doosan Babcock have voted to strike.

Members voted unanimously to strike in defence of their contracts, says union GMB.

More than 90% of staff voted for the strike, which will take place on November 2 and 3 from 8am to 12 noon.

Stuart Harrison, GMB organiser, said: “The message from our members is clear: you must value your skilled workers.

“Doosan Babcock need to work with GMB as we support our workers through the process.

“There’s a national shortage of skilled workers and the firm should ensure they’re the heart of the business, not just a commodity.”

A statement from Doosan Babcock said: “This dispute impacts a small group of our employees at our Tipton facility. This is an internal issue, and we are in continued dialogue with the GMB.”