10 June 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT members at CalMac have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike in a ballot result confirmed by the union today in a dispute over jobs, pensions and working conditions.
Members voted 92% for strike action and 98% for action short of a strike on a 60% turnout. 55% of the total number eligible to vote voted yes for strike action and 58% of total eligible voted yes for action short of a strike.
The industrial relationship with CalMac on the Clyde and Hebrides network has deteriorated in recent months to such an extent that maritime union RMT has had no choice a formal dispute with the company, following the failure to provide RMT with satisfactory reassurances over job security, conditions of service, pensions and continuity of lifeline ferry services for remote communities and businesses and to move to a ballot.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;
"The failure to give our members the most basic assurances meant that RMT had no alternative but to ballot CalMac members for strike action and industrial action short of strike action, in order to secure our members' rights during this period of increasing uncertainty and insecurity."
“That ballot has now concluded and members have delivered a massive and solid mandate for action.
“RMT remains available for serious and constructive talks aimed at resolving this dispute.”