Ferry strike action to go ahead

Ferry workers’s union RMT has confirmed that strike action will go ahead from Wednesday as they say talks have failed to make significant progress.

An overtime ban will begins at 00.01 hours on Wednesday with 24 hours of strike action on Friday.

RMT said today (Monday) that they remain available for further talks as the action begins.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

“The talks with Calmac have not made significant progress despite the best efforts of our negotiators and as a result the action goes ahead from Wednesday.

“It is extraordinary that rather than standing up for Scotland’s lifeline ferry services those who hold political power have resorted to ludicrous arguments about what does and doesn’t represent privatisation. That is a kick in the teeth for loyal and hard working staff who have given long hard years of service at CalMac.

“RMT members on CalMac rightly feel that they are caught in the crossfire of an unnecessary and damaging tendering battle that leaves jobs, conditions and pensions hanging by a thread. That is simply intolerable.

“RMT wants cast iron assurances and we want them now and we are committed to engaging in meaningful talks around that agenda as we kick off the first phase of industrial action.”