20 May 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT ballot begins today on CalMac over threat to jobs, pensions and working conditions
RMT ballot begins today on CalMac over threat to jobs, pensions and working conditions.
CalMac union RMT has confirmed that ballot papers have been despatched today to members in the industrial action vote over the threat to jobs, pensions and working conditions.
The industrial relationship with CalMac on the Clyde and Hebrides network has deteriorated in recent months to such an extent that maritime union RMT declared a formal dispute with the company, following the failure to provide RMT with satisfactory reassurances over job security, conditions of service, pensions and continuity of lifeline ferry services for remote communities and businesses.
The union has now begun balloting members for both strike action and action short of a strike.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
"The clock is ticking and the union has no alternative but to begin balloting CalMac members for strike action and industrial action short of strike action, in order to secure our members' rights during this period of increasing uncertainty and insecurity."
"RMT remains available for talks."
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