RMT confirms Calmac industrial action going ahead

RMT confirms Calmac industrial action going ahead

22 June 2015

RMT Press Office

RMT confirms Calmac action goes ahead from Wednesday as talks fail to make significant progress.

CalMac union RMT has confirmed a schedule of industrial action in a fight to defend jobs, conditions and pensions will go ahead from Wednesday as talks failed to make significant progress today.

An overtime ban begins  at 00.01 HRS Wednesday with 24 hours of strike action on friday.  

Politicians have joined the union in warning that the Clyde and Hebrides  service is being set up for  takeover by the profiteering private company Serco who along with Caledonian Macbrayne are in the running to  provide this essential lifeline service to the west coast islands

RMT members have voted by well over 90% for action in a ballot that covers both strikes and action short of strikes.
RMT remains available for further talks as the action begins and the union continues to demand the assurances that staff are rightly demanding in their fight for workplace justice while the billion pound contracting process is kicked around behind closed doors.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

"The talks with Calmac have not made significant progress despite the best efforts of our negotiators and as a result the action goes ahead from Wednesday.

"It is extraordinary that rather than standing up for Scotland's lifeline ferry services those who hold political power have resorted to ludicrous arguments about what does and doesn't represent privatisation. That is a kick in the teeth for loyal and hard working staff who have given long hard years of service at CalMac.

"RMT members on CalMac rightly feel that they are caught in the crossfire of an unnecessary and damaging tendering battle that leaves jobs, conditions and pensions hanging by a thread. That is simply intolerable.

"RMT wants cast iron assurances and we want them now and we are committed to engaging in meaningful talks around that agenda as we kick off the first phase of industrial action."

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