Our Ref: SH/5/9
11th March 2021
ATTENDANCE MANAGEMENT PROCESS AND COMPANY SICK PAY – STENA LINE
Further to my previous letter on the above matter, I am writing to advise you that I am in receipt of correspondence from Stena Line. The company has confirmed that their Company Sick Pay proposal, which RMT members overwhelmingly rejected, will not be improved. It will remain on the table until the 30th April 2021, at which point Stena Line reserves its position regarding reappraising the affordability of the proposal against commercial outcomes in March and April 2021. In the meantime, all employees in the RMT bargaining groups will remain on Statutory Sick Pay only provision.
Obviously, this is hugely disappointing news. Management clearly do not understand the strength of feeling amongst RMT members. I have written to Stena Line outlining your union’s dissatisfaction with their position and reminded the company that our two organisations remain in dispute with regards to this matter. I will be facilitating a meeting of our shipboard and shoreside Representatives to discuss this matter as soon as possible. In the meantime, your union will be making sure that Stena Line’s unilateral withdrawal of Company Sick Pay during a global health crisis is brought to the attention of the RMT’s Parliamentary group, local political organisations, the media and the traveling public.
The National Secretary is in the process of setting up further zoom meetings for all affected members given the inability at this moment in time to visit ports and vessels. Details of these zoom meetings will be circulated in due course. Additionally, I would be grateful if members could ensure that the RMT has the correct contact details (i.e. email, postal address, mobile number) and employment details (i.e. workplace and grade) for you by logging onto the members area of the website or alternatively you can e-mail us at email@example.com or call the Freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706.
I trust this keeps you fully advised.