RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2017 – FORELAND SHIPPING (GUERNSEY) LTD

Our Ref: SH/0001/FS
20th December 2017


Dear Colleagues

RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2017 – FORELAND SHIPPING (GUERNSEY) LTD

Further to my letter dated 2nd November 2017, in which I advised you that pay negotiations with Foreland Shipping had commenced. I also advised you that your union would not be in favour of another multi-year pay offer linked to the Average Earnings Index (Average Weekly Earnings). I can now report that the company has tabled the following pay offer:-

•    Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) (KAC3) series for a further 5-year deal effective from 1st January 2018.  Year one of the new pay deal (2018) to be 2.3% minimum subject to the published AWE (KAC3) confirmed Sept-17 figure, release date 13th December 2017.  The following 2-year’s 2019 and 2020 to be linked to the published AWE (KAC3) confirmed September figure in each year published mid-December but subject to a floor of 2.0%.  The remaining 2-years of the pay deal 2021 to 2022 inclusive to be linked to the published AWE (KAC3) confirmed September figure in each year published mid-December but subject to a floor of 1.50%.

In addition to the above the following items apply:-

•    Each crewmember to receive free-of-charge US$60 of Seabrowser pins per annum (US$10 per crewmember per month on board).
•    Feeding rate w.e.f. 1st January 2018 to be increased by RPI(x) with further increases each year for the duration of the contract also in-line with RPI(x).

Quite obviously, this offer is a multi-year deal which is linked to the Average Earnings Index – exactly what we didn’t want! Additionally, the offer is inferior to the last multi-year pay award and taking all of this into account, the union’s negotiating team are of the opinion that this offer should be rejected.   

The matter has been considered by your union’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and it decided that we are now in dispute with Foreland Shipping. I have been instructed to hold a ballot for industrial action of you and your colleagues to force Foreland back to negotiations so they can table an improved offer which would represent a significant financial increase to your pay and genuine enhancements to your terms and conditions.

We are in the process of preparing the ballot which requires us to make sure all the workplaces and job titles of our members are as accurate as possible. I would be grateful if you could ensure your records are up to date as soon as possible so that we can get the ballot up and running. This can be done by contacting the union’s helpline on 0800 376 3706 or by emailing info@rmt.org.uk

I trust this keeps you fully advised and I will inform you of any further developments on this issue when they arise.

Yours sincerely
 
Mick Cash
General Secretary