Our Ref: SH/0001/S(S)
31st March 2020
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2020 - STENA LINE SEAFARERS
Further to my letter of yesterday’s date, in which I advised you that the RMT had accepted Stena Line’s revised pay offer. I can report that after I sent over the formal letter of acceptance to the company, I was advised by management that the 2.1% offer was being withdrawn. The company advised me that ‘this is necessitated by the impact of the current COVID-19 outbreak on the company’s commercial operations’.
This is yet another kick in the teeth for RMT members at Stena Line, coming less than a fortnight after the company unilaterally announced they were suspending company sick pay with immediate effect. The company are claiming that is partly your union’s fault, as the RMT took too long deliberating over the 2020 pay offer. This is ridiculous, Stena is fully aware that your union is a highly democratic organisation and consulting with our members takes time and effort.
Stena has given us no indication as to whether or not members will still receive the 2.1% uplift this year. This is an utter disgrace; the company are obviously using the health crisis as an excuse to undermine pay and conditions of service. All the additional work that you and your colleagues are undertaking at this moment in time to ensure that the supply chains in the UK and Ireland are not interrupted needs to be recognised by the company.
In these uncertain times communication is vital. I would be grateful if you could help your union keep our records accurate. If you have moved or changed jobs, or if you have a new mobile number/e-mail address you can update your details via the members' area of the RMT website www.rmt.org.uk
Your union will be exploring all legal, political and industrial avenues in order to seek a resolution to this matter. I will keep you fully advised and informed over the coming weeks.