15 December 2017
RMT Press Office
Shipping union RMT confirmed today that members on Orkney Ferries will be taking industrial action in a fight for pay justice.
The union’s National Executive Committee has instructed all RMT members at Orkney Ferries to take part in the following industrial action:-
From 00.01 hours on Wednesday 3rd January 2018 members are instructed to:-
- Not work any call-back.
- Not work any overtime.
- Work to the job description only
RMT members voted by around 80% for strike action with an even higher number backing action short of a strike.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The pig-headed attitude of the company has forced us to put on this action following an overwhelming vote by our members and the employers need to sit up and take note. The staff on these routes will not sit back while their standard of living is undermined by the company and their anger and frustration was fully reflected in the ballot result.”
Steve Todd, RMT National Secretary said:
“Our members have spoken and Orkney Ferries now need to show that they are listening. RMT’s executive has confirmed a programme of industrial action and we expect the company to start taking this dispute seriously. The ball is firmly in the companies court and RMT remains available for serious talks.”