RMT CALLS INDUSTRIAL ACTION AT WIGHTLINK
Our Ref: SH/14/2
8th January 2021
Pension, Terms and Conditions – Wightlink
Further to my letter dated 4th January 2021, it is apparent that Wightlink management has chosen not to listen to the overwhelming ballot mandate opposing their proposals and are not listening to our Representatives’ demands by failing to hold meaningful consultation. At a meeting held on 5th January 2021, once again Wightlink refused to withdraw their proposal to close the Defined Benefit Pension Scheme to existing members and withdraw their proposal to reintroduce the flexible working practices which all employees were subject to in the first six months of the pandemic. It is clear from our Representatives that at the meeting Wightlink was in no position to agree anything and as such it proved to be a complete waste of time, obviously this does not benefit either the company or yourselves.
You and your colleagues have bent over backwards to help the company survive during this pandemic only to be treated as cannon fodder. This union will not tolerate the contempt towards our members, the processes and legislation set up for good industrial relations. As a result of the company’s failure to recognise the ballot mandate and their failure to enter into meaningful discussions to resolve this dispute, the union’s National Executive Committee has instructed that the following strike action takes place:-
All Wightlink Ltd and all Wightlink (Guernsey) Ltd members are instructed NOT to book on for any shifts that commence between:-
00:01 hours on Friday 2nd April 2021 to 23:59 hours on Monday 5th April 2021
00:01 hours to 23:59 hours on Friday 28th May 2021
00:01 hours to 23:59 hours on Monday 31st May 2021
00:01 hours on Friday 4th June 2021 to 23:59 hours on Sunday 6th June 2021
00:01 hours on Friday 11th June 2021 to 23:59 hours on Sunday 13th 2021
00:01 hours on Friday 18th June 2021 to 23:59 hours on Sunday 20th June 2021
00:01 hours on Friday 25th June 2021 to 23:59 hours on Sunday 27th June 2021
The company are aware that as always, RMT remains available for talks and is ready to enter into negotiations in order resolve the current dispute. In addition, the union is exploring all legal avenues in order to try and resolve this matter and I have written to the company demanding that the CEO and Board Members are present at the next round of negotiations on 12th January 2021.
STAND FIRM TOGETHER - SUPPORT THE STRIKE ACTION
UNITY IS STRENGTH
I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will write to you again once I have further information.