STRIKING workers at Appledore Shipbuilders have won support for their cause following meetings in London this week. Around 180 union members at the yard were on strike last Friday and again on Monday in a pay dispute with yard owners Babcock Marine. Yard

STRIKING workers at Appledore Shipbuilders have won support for their cause following meetings in London this week.Around 180 union members at the yard were on strike last Friday and again on Monday in a pay dispute with yard owners Babcock Marine.Yard representatives from the Unite and GMB unions went to London to seek the support of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions.The umbrella organisation for the unions agreed to make contact with Babcock, inviting the yard owners to meet next week for more discussions.Appledore's representatives also spoke at the national Marine Forum in front of delegates from all British shipyards and gained a motion of support.Strikes are scheduled to continue on Fridays and Mondays for the next two weeks as the workers pursue their claim for a bigger pay deal.They argue that workers doing similar jobs in other Babcock yards are being paid between £60 and £80 more than those at Appledore.Babcock have declined to comment.