Ferry strike called off

Tomorrow’s (Friday) planned ferry strike has been called off.

In a letter to members last night, maritime union RMT confirmed that strike action had been suspended.

In the letter to members General Secretary Mick Cash said that following discussions with the Scottish Government the tendering process had been delayed to allow further negotiation on the key issues of jobs, staffing, conditions and pensions.

The letter,states: “Following further discussions this afternoon, and the Scottish Government agreeing to delay the publication of the Draft Invitation to Tender until 31st July 2015, RMT has agreed to suspend the current industrial action planned for Friday 10th July affecting CHFS and Argyll ferries services.

“This suspension is to allow detailed discussions with all parties regarding the modest demands made by RMT around no compulsory redundancies, staffing levels, protection of terms & conditions and pensions.

“A timetable has been agreed for these discussions which must be concluded by 24th July 2015.

“All members are instructed to work normally on Friday 10th July 2015.”

Travel plans for Friday had already been reorganised by CalMac in a major timetable rejig with additional sailings planned on many routes on Thursday and Saturday.