Actually it's only a little more than complement of the ships that are being paid off, but maybe don't mention this to the wrong people since we're supposed to save 10% VFM or whatever on top of the SDSR cuts.well i was wrong.. theyre going to get rid of 400 personnel, thats 15% in my book, which is a lot more than the ships complement of the ships thats are going. Oh well better get my pension statement out.
Remember the *official* line is that the manpower to operate Fort Austin is still there in the system, so the people to crew the three ships being disposed of must go.Also they are bringing the Fort Austin back into service at the end of this year.
Again, "officially" we are currently at 100%, but this is done by cooking the books and including those under training towards the figure.There isn't much slack, the RFA has always had manpower level at around 87%. they purposely never have 100%, the most popular person in the RFA is Gap Billet.
I'm not talking about overmanning on board, that's a scheme of complement matter and a separate issue. My point is that there are more ABs in the organisation than are required to man the existing (pre-SDSR) fleet to scheme of complement levels. They are regularly getting a month or two on continuous pay after their leave runs out. I expect Deck and Supply departments to be hardest hit by the personnel reductions (can't call it redundancies yet!).Im not an AB or steward, just in their defence, during normal routine there always seems to be too many AB's Stewards, cooks and theyre always up the road whilst the MM's are down below, (its the nature of the job, you can only work on machinery when its not running) but once we're doing gunnery, flying, RAS's then all off a sudden we're short of AB's and Stewards, there has to be a balance, and we dont have too many AB's and Stewards, if anything we dont have enough.
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