12 December 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT members on Orkney Ferries vote overwhelmingly for action in fight for pay justice
Shipping union RMT confirmed today that members have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action on Orkney Ferries in a fight for pay justice.
Members have voted by around 80% for strike action with an even higher number backing action short of a strike.
The mandate for action will now be considered by RMT’s executive.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“This is an overwhelming vote for action and the employers need to sit up and take note. The staff on these routes will not sit back while their standard to living is undermined by the company and their anger and frustration is made clear in this result.”
Steve Todd, RMT National Secretary said:
“Our members have spoken and Orkney Ferries now need to show that they are listening. The result will now be considered by RMT’s executive 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.”