Our Ref: SH/4/4
12th June 2019

Dear Colleagues


It was brought to your union's attention by your Representatives that two of your colleagues, Brothers James Morgan and Alan Recks, have been dismissed from their ship, the Stena Adventurer. Both RMT members have been placed on ‘authorised leave’ for allegedly refusing to work at height. Brothers Morgan and Recks suffer from vertigo and it is not a requirement for this condition to be divulged to the MCA or at the company medical examination. At their first stage hearing, your colleagues were both accused in the Captain’s summing up of being ‘dishonest in denial’ and of ‘collusion’ and that they were ‘coached’. These comments are both unprofessional and totally baseless.

This incident has come off the back of a previous incident on the Stena Adventurer last autumn where three RMT activists were accused by management of being ‘a disruptive influence on the ship and [that] they had intimidated other crew members’, subsequently our members were placed on indefinite ‘authorised leave’. A serious industrial dispute was averted; however, it is very concerning that the same bullyboy tactics are being used by the same management.

The matter has been subject to recent consideration by the union’s National Executive Committee who have serious concerns regarding the severity of the sanctions that have been levelled against Brothers Morgan and Recks. The National Executive Committee has instructed me to seek the immediate restoration of Brothers Morgan and Recks to the Stena Adventurer and if this demand is not met, the RMT will be progressing with a ballot for industrial action.

I am currently preparing a ballot of members at Holyhead and I would ask that you remind all members to notify the union of any changes to their membership records. Please ensure your details are up-to-date by contacting the RMT Head Office on 0207 387 4771 and ask for the Membership department. Alternatively, members can contact the RMT Freephone helpline on 0800 376 3706 or by emailing the helpline at info@rmt.org.uk and notifying them of any updates.

I trust this keeps you fully advised on the matter and I will, of course, keep you informed on any further developments.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary