MANNING LEVELS, STENA SUPERFAST X - HOLYHEAD TO DUBLIN ROUTE

Our Ref SH/14/5
5th October 2016
TO ALL STENA MEMBERS ON THE SUPERFAST X

Dear Colleagues

MANNING LEVELS, STENA SUPERFAST X - HOLYHEAD TO DUBLIN ROUTE

As you will be aware, the union been in discussions over the manning levels on the Superfast X but we are yet to reach agreement on this issue. The latest meeting took place on 17th June 2016 at a National level following a failure to agree at Route level. At that meeting the company rejected our proposals and we are awaiting a formal response in writing.

We have substantial information on file which supports our claim for an increase in the permanent onboard services manning level for this vessel but management still refuse to accept our justified claim. Having considered the latest situation the NEC has instructed me to use this information to prepare a comprehensive report of the manning models used on board the SFX from the date it entered service, highlighting the use of temporary seafarers and all occasions where the manning model fell below the commercial manning level imposed by the company at the start of negotiations.

In order to assist us in addressing this issue we are also asking all members on the SFX to keep accurate records of their hours of rest in accordance with the Maritime Labour Convention 2006. If there is an occasion whereby any party seeks to materially alter, or you believe you are being coerced into giving an inaccurate records of your hours please report this to your representative and Regional Organiser. Should this be the case, you should put in a claim for any overtime you are owed with your Head of Department. If your request is rejected then you should progress a complaint through the grievance procedure.

As we have not received a formal response from the company to our claim we have demanded a written reply make it clear that a failure to agree at national level may lead to a dispute between us. We have already begun to prepare a ballot matrix for all members on the Holyhead to Dublin Route should it prove necessary to ballot members for industrial action.  

We are in the process of organising an urgent meeting of our relevant representatives, lead officer and NEC member to discuss this situation and I will keep members informed of developments.    

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary