RMT condemns Hebblethwaite P&O promotion
Mr Hebblethwaite who admitted breaching employment law during a Transport Select Committee hearing in March, by sacking 800 seafarers and replacing them with agency crews, was appointed on 1st April to the new post which has been announced today on Companies...
RMT responds to Pride of Kent failed inspection
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “For the third time in a month P&O’s Cypriot flagged Pride of Kent has failed a full safety inspection by the MCA.
“Passengers and hauliers need to know that P&O’s fleet is operated by...
RMT protest Larne port over unsafe P&O ferries
This week the European Causeway drifted for hours in waters off Larne having lost power and had to be escorted back by tugboats.
The vessel was carrying passengers, freight traffic and was being operated by an underpaid, overworked and poorly...
P&O protest at Cairnryan port on Friday
Demonstrators will be encouraging passengers not to use the ferries as part of the union's "Boycott P&O" campaign.
Following the unlawful sacking of 800 staff in March, P&O has been embroiled in a series of safety violations on their ferries and...
P&O U-turn on further cutting of agency worker pay
The union had received reports of agency workers being forced to sign new contracts that reduced their pay to drastically low levels.
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Due to the pressure from RMT seafarers, P&O have been prevented...
DP World protest against P&O sackings
Organised by the International Transport Federation in London outside the offices of DP World, 16 Palace Street London SW1E 5JQ, RMT activists will be keeping up their “Fair Ferries campaign” and calling for the re-instatement of all 800 sacked seafarers. ITF inspectors...
P&O demonstrations continue this week
Delays at Dover have been compounded by P&O's ruthless actions and the embattled Dubai owned company says no ship will sail until April 19.
The events that we have planned this week are as follows:
4pm Tuesday 5 April
Unions demand change to end fire and rehire
Last night, ITF, ETF, Nautilus International and RMT projected a video on to the cliffs of Dover and images on to the headquarters of P&O Ferries, demanding that the company be brought to task for its immoral and illegal actions....
P&O / DP World protest in Portsmouth tomorrow
Although there is no direct P&O presence in Portsmouth, DP World the parent company are to provide services to the Solent Freeport at Taxpayer expense and Condor Ferries continue exploiting the same disgusting scheme of no minimum wage for overseas...
RMT in P&O talks today
General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
"RMT is meeting with DFDS, Stena and the DfT today to discuss the ongoing crisis from P&O's illegal dismissal of its crews.
"P&O need to immediately withdraw the false and arbitrary deadline for staff sign-up...
Pride of Kent detained
RMT tonight welcomed the MCA detention of another P&O vessel the Pride of Kent in Dover for what the union believes are multiple safety and operational breaches, including the wearing of breathing apparatus, and demanded again that the Government seize...
RMT launches campaign for a people’s CalMac
Ferry Union RMT has today launched a new campaign for a People’s CalMac, starting with a day of action in Oban at 11am on Friday 25thMarch. RMT is calling for the Scottish Government to invest in creating a publicly owned...
RMT and Nautilus raise safety alarm
As Unions give evidence to MPs in Parliament this morning, RMT and Nautilus International have written to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to express serious concern that sacking P&O Ferries crew and replacing them with agency staff who have...
RMT calls for immediate P&O injunction
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "In light of evidence given today by lawyers to MPs, that there have been multiple breaches of the law and the admission of the P&O Chief Executive Peter Hebblethwaite, that the company not only...
RMT responds to Johnson’s PMQ comments on P&O
“Under pressure from Keir Starmer, the Prime Minister said today that P&O Ferries had broken the law by falling to give the government adequate notice of the redundancies – he has in effect called P&O Ferries liars as the company...
P&O sacking demonstrations this week
RMT is organising mass demonstrations at ports up and down the country, to show DP World and the government that public anger is growing over the sacking of 800 P&O staff.
Protests will take place in Liverpool, Hull, Larne in Northern...
Maritime Union RMT tonight slammed what it described as a "disgusting statement" from P&O Ferries trying to justify one of the most shameful acts by any employer in recent history Sacked seafarers have been basically told that if they don’t...
Save P&O Jobs
RMT members will be joined by other activists this week in Liverpool for two demonstrations to protest against the sacking of 800 workers by P&O.
The protests will be taking place on Weds 23rd March 0700 and Saturday 26th March 0700 at the...
Region: North West
DP World refuse to meet union delegation
Unions accused P&O of treating their members with complete contempt after their owners, DP World, refused to meet the general secretaries of RMT, Nautilus and the TUC who were attending a protest at their headquarters this lunchtime. RMT General Secretary...
P&O ferry crews replaced by seafarers on 2.38 dollars
Commenting on the revelation RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said,
“The news that the seafarers now on ships in British ports are to be paid 2.38 dollars an hour is a shocking exploitation of those Seafarers and another gut-wrenching betrayal of...
On the day of demonstrations around the country RMT has called for the implementation of a four-point plan to protect jobs, services and basic employment standards as it's revealed the government knew of the plan to sack workers and disrupt...
RMT organises emergency P&O demonstrations
The company, which is funded by the Dubai Royal Family, stunned workers in a pre-recorded Zoom call, when they informed staff that they were being dismissed and would be replaced by cheap agency labour from abroad. When workers rightly refused...
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “We are receiving reports that security guards at Dover are seeking to board ships with handcuffs to remove crew so they can be replaced with cheaper labour. "We are seeking urgent legal action and...
Future of P&O
Responding to reports about the future of P&O and speculation that hundreds of UK seafarers employed by the company could be replaced by foreign labour RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said, “We are deeply disturbed by growing speculation that the...
RMT pays tribute to transport workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT payed tribute this morning to workers battling in appalling conditions to keep Britain moving during Storm Barra overnight and has called on the Government and employers to halt plans for mass cuts that threaten the livelihoods of...
RMT demands action on Seafarer jobs
SEAFARERS’ UNION RMT has today written an open letter warning of the consequences for seafarer jobs, maritime safety and economic prospects in Dover and across the country from a failure to tackle anti-trade union employer Irish Ferries’ exploitative crewing model....
Region: South East and Anglia
RMT on Seafarer fatality on Seatruck Ferries
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the seafarer who lost his life at work yesterday on the Clipper Pennant. “Three seafarers have now been killed on Seatruck operated vessels in...
Region: North West
RMT response to Scottish Government decision
CALMAC Union RMT today responded to the Scottish Government's decision to permit CalMac to break collective bargaining agreements with all the recognised CalMac unions in order to time charter the Isle of Man registered MV Arrow freight ship. The vessel,...
RMT hits back at CalMac campaign of misinformation
SCOTTISH Ferries Union RMT today responded to a passenger group's claims over the factors behind Pentland Ferries withdrawal from a time charter agreement with CalMac, as the fall-out from the Scottish Government's failed ferry procurement policies continues. RMT General Secretary,...
RMT welcomes CalMac Pentalina Cataraman Charter scrapping
CALMAC UNION RMT today welcomed the news that Pentland Ferries’ catamaran Pentalina will not be introduced onto CalMac operated Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes. The union had raised serious safety concerns with the regulator, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, over...
RMT calls for Irish Ferries boycott
On the day that Irish Ferries began operating passenger and freight ferry services on the Cypriot-registered Isle of Inishmore between Dover and Calais, RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “Seafarer fatigue remains a threat to safety standards across the shipping...
Region: South East and Anglia
RMT exposes scandal at Pentland Ferries
SCOTTISH Ferries Union RMT today commented on the results of the safety inspection carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at the RMT’s request, on the catamaran MV Pentalina which Transport Scotland is seeking to charter from anti-trade union...
RMT statement on Irish Ferries
Maritime Union RMT has raised serious concerns over today's announcement that Irish Ferries will commence a service on the Dover – Calais route. Irish Ferries is a well known operator with a proven reputation for exploiting overseas Seafarers.
Region: South East and Anglia
RMT demands end to CalMac pandemic pay betrayal
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT today wrote to the Minister for Islands, Energy and Connectivity, Paul Wheelhouse MSP demanding that he meet the union to correct a pay injustice for key workers at public sector ferry company CalMac. RMT is in...
RMT responds to Isle of Man lockdown
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “Whilst we support the Manx Government’s move, it is important to remember that Isle of Man Steam Packet workers have kept the island’s people, health services and businesses supplied with food, medical equipment and...
Region: North West
RMT on Wightlink's reluctance to take up taxpayer support
WIGHTLINK UNION RMT expressed shock and disgust today over lifeline ferry company Wightlink’s dismissal of public funding which could help ease the financial pressure created by the pandemic. The union is currently in dispute with the company and has announced...
RMT ramps up political pressure on Scotland’s MSP’s
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT has told Scotland’s MSPs today that it intends to make the ongoing pay dispute at CalMac Ferries a major political issue in the forthcoming elections in May. The union believes that the company, which provides a...
RMT calls for urgent Government support
RMT calls for urgent Government support to protect Eurostar and ferry jobs and services as COVID crisis deepens
Eurostar and ferries union RMT called today for urgent and decisive Government action to support and protect thousands of jobs caught in...
RMT ramps up pressure on CalMac
Calmac union RMT has today ramped up the pressure on the company to enter ACAS talks over the current pay dispute and to get serious about reaching a negotiated settlement that properly recognises and rewards the staff operating the lifeline...
RMT blames political interference as CalMac pay talks collapse
CalMac union RMT announced today that it is preparing for an industrial action ballot after crucial pay talks collapsed with the union pointing the finger at direct interference from the Scottish Government which scuppered potential progress towards a settlement. Following...
RMT responds to news of latest savage P&O cuts
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “In the summer, P&O Ferries received over £6.6m from the taxpayer on the two Port of Hull routes, including Hull-Zeebrugge. This does not need to happen but P&O’s owners in Dubai have pulled the...
Region: North East
RMT responds to latest jobs assault
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “The rhetoric around seafarers being key workers needs to mean something. These are jobs on lifeline freight and passenger ferries registered on Flags of Convenience that were subject to exploitative pay before the...
International Day of the Seafarer
SEAFARERS’ Union RMT today launched an appeal to increase UK Ratings’ jobs and restore power to national shipping registers as part of the International Maritime Organisation’s annual Day of the Seafarer. RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “On...
RMT slams scandal of taxpayer support for P&O shareholders
P&O SEAFARERS Union RMT today reacted with fury following the release of Government contracts detailing the UK taxpayers’ support for roll-on roll-off ferry operators during the pandemic. Critical Freight Grant payments have been allocated to operators to keep essential goods,...
RMT demands Government action over P&O exploitation
P&O FERRIES Union RMT today raised alarm over P&O’s plans to replace directly employed, full time UK seafarers on the Pride of Hull with agency crew from the Philippines on rates of pay below the National Minimum Wage and for...
RMT on 1,100 job losses at P&O Ferries
“This is devastating news and an appalling betrayal of the P&O work force. “ This is a kick in the teeth for P&O seafarers who have maintained key supply lines to the UK during the Covid -19 pandemic. "What is utterly...
RMT calls for P&O Ferries to be nationalised
FERRIES’ UNION RMT today called for P&O Ferries to be nationalised on the day parent company DP World is set to make a £270m dividend payment to private shareholders.
To keep 1,400 key workers - seafarers, dockers and other staff - at P&O...
RMT reacts with fury to P&O all-out assault on jobs
MARITIME Union RMT today reacted with fury at P&O Ferries proposals for restructuring the business during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a consultation document issued to RMT, the union organising Seafarer Ratings on P&O Ferries’ Irish Sea, North Sea and Dover-Calais...
RMT Calls for COVID-19 Guidance for Seafarers on Ferries
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Some employers in the passenger ferry sector are keeping restaurants and bars open on their ships. This is exposing RMT members to excessive risk during the Coronavirus pandemic. “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has...
RMT demands new Condor Ferries owners take urgent action
SEAFARERS Union RMT today responded to news confirming that Condor Ferries has been purchased by a consortium involving Brittany Ferries by demanding that the new owners take urgent action to resolve a long-running pay and conditions scandal.
The union has...
RMT calls for action now on UK seafarer jobs
Following Hull East MP Karl Turner’s exchange with the Prime Minister in the Commons today, seafarers’ union RMT responded to demand immediate Government action on ferry company P&O jeopardising safety and undercutting jobs in the UK shipping industry by bringing...
Region: North East
RMT demands government action over P&O
SEAFARER UNION RMT has demanded an urgent meeting with the Government after it emerged that P&O are planning to dump Portuguese ratings from their Pride of York and Pride of Hull ferries next week and replace them with Filipino crews,...
Region: North East
RMT calls SOS 2020 Condor ferries protest in Portsmouth
The call comes in the wake of news that Brittany Ferries and US-owned investment fund Columbia Threadneedle have agreed to buy Condor Ferries in a deal that could be worth up to £300m. The action will target Condor’s morning sailings...
RMT on latest Brexit ferries moves
MARITIME UNION RMT has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today demanding Government action to protect and expand job opportunities and working conditions for British seafarers in the latest twist of the on-going Brexit Ferries saga.
RMT is warning that...
RMT statement on Brexit Ferry contract cancellations
Failing Tory Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has cancelled Brexit Ferries contracts with Brittany Ferries and DFDS at a cost of up to £56.6million according to the National Audit office. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The Brexit ferry chaos on...
RMT to protest at SNP conference
RMT activists will once again be demonstrating outside the SNP conference this Saturday to raise awareness amongst the SNP delegates and the wider public of the Scottish Governments failure to put their warm words on fair work for all into...
RMT warns of dire consequences for Orkney Ferries
Shipping union RMT has confirmed that it has written to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warning of the dire consequences for Orkney’s life-line ferry services both in terms of service delivery and the impact on industrial relations of decades of...
RMT statement on £33m Eurotunnel Brexit Ferry settlement
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“On top of his dangerous and failed privatisation of probation services, Transport Secretary’s Chris Grayling’s Brexit ferries’ fiasco has now cost the taxpayer another £33m and admitted that no work has been done to...
RMT on the sale of P&O Ferries to Dubai Ports World
Maritime Union RMT today said that the sale of P&O Ferries for £322m from Dubai World to Dubai Ports World raised fresh concerns over the future direction of shipping and ports policy in the UK, including the Port of Dover....
RMT on cancellation of Seaborne Freight contract
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"RMT has taken a number of protests over the fiasco of the Government's Brexit ferry contracts to both the Department for Transport and the ports and the news this morning comes as no surprise to...
RMT to hold protest in Holyhead tomorrow
Maritime union RMT will be holding a protest on Friday 8th February from 0630 at Holyhead Port, Anglesey LL65 1DR. The protest will be targeting the 0815 sailing of the Cyprus registered WB Yeats with activists leafleting vehicle and freight passengers as...
Region: North West
RMT to hold protest in Holyhead on Friday 8th February
Maritime union RMT will be holding a protest on Friday 8th February from 06:30 at Holyhead Port, Anglesey LL65 1DR.
The protest will be targeting the 08:15 sailing of the Cyprus registered WB Yeats with activists leafleting vehicle and freight passengers as...
RMT welcomes transfer of Argyll Ferries to CalMac
Maritime union RMT today welcomed the transfer of the Argyll Ferries contract to the publicly owned CalMac and heralded it as a victory for union members and the on-going campaign to end profiteering and uncertainty on Scottish Ferry services. Minister...
Workers protest at DfT over Brexit ferry Contracts
As workers protest at the Department for Transport today, the Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani has refused to agree that UK employment legislation such as the national minimum wage or Equality Act which prevents pay discrimination, will apply in relation to...
RMT to hold protest in Portsmouth
Maritime union RMT will be holding a further protest on Saturday 12th January 2019 at 7am – 9am, Portsmouth International Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP. The latest protest will call for an end to Condor Ferries paying poverty wages...
RMT on P&O ‘Flagging Out’ Dover-Calais Fleet
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said:
“This is pure opportunism from P&O, whose long term aim has always been to switch the UK fleet to a tax haven register, as they have already done with most of the Irish Sea...
RMT to hold demo at Condor Ferries
Maritime union RMT has confirmed that members and supporters from the community will be holding a demonstration against the employment practices of Channel Island operator Condor Ferries in Portsmouth on: Saturday 22nd December 2018, at 7am – 9am, Portsmouth International Port,...
RMT to hold Irish Sea campaign day of action
As part of maritime union RMT’s campaign for more jobs for domestic ratings on the Irish Sea the union is holding a Day of Action against Irish Ferries on Monday 26 November with a protest as follows:
Irish Ferries: from midday,...
Region: North West
Ireland-UK unions join forces on Irish Sea ferries
British and Irish seafaring unions have called for an urgent meeting with Irish Ferries to discuss concerns over the pay and conditions of the crew that will work on a new ‘super-ferry’ due to come into service in the autumn....
RMT welcomes NorthLink news
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said:
“The union welcomes the news that these three leased vessels are being brought into the NorthLink fleet on a permanent basis which shows the importance and long-term viability of these life-line services.
RMT protest in Portsmouth tomorrow
Maritime union RMT will be holding a protest tomorrow, Friday 16th March, from 1330 hrs at Portsmouth International Port, George Byng Way, Portsmouth PO2 8SP
The protest will be calling for an end to Condor Ferries paying poverty wages on their...
RMT responds to Scottish ferries announcement
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “Some of this is welcome and we note that the Scottish Government’s official position is for direct award of all public ferry contracts across Scotland. The further delay will allow the Scottish Government to...
RMT demands an end to the public sector pay cap
RMT organises workers in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Tyne & Wear Metro and Orkney Ferries who have all seen their pay drop well behind inflation and consequent increases in the cost of living since the Tory-Lib Dem coalition embarked on...
Major breakthrough in low pay fight on Seatruck
General Secretary Mick Cash said " After years of behind the scenes pressure by RMT officials, and high profile campaigning last year, RMT is delighted that at last the Scottish Government have publicly stated they will pay at least the national...
Vote to Leave the EU to save Scottish Ferries
Transport union RMT will today call for a Leave vote in the forthcoming EU referendum to save Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry services from privatisation.
CalMac Campaign Card
Transport union RMT will today call for a Leave vote in the forthcoming EU...
To all Caledonian MacBrayne and Argyle Ferries Members
Following further discussions this afternoon, and the Scottish Government agreeing to delay the publication of the Draft Invitation to Tender until 31st July 2015, RMT has agreed to suspend the current industrial action planned for Friday 10th July affecting...
RMT suspends CalMac and Argyll Ferries strike
In a letter to members tonight, maritime union RMT has confirmed that strike action due to start on Calmac and Argyll Ferries on friday has been suspended.
In the letter to members, below, General Secretary Mick Cash says that following...
Trade Dispute with Argyll Ferries
Our Ref: SH/15/4 3rd July 2015 Dear Colleague, Trade Dispute with Argyll Ferries Following the industrial action taken by you and your colleagues between Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th June, you will be aware that RMT has been in discussions...
RMT to hit Portsmouth "Port of Shame" this weekend
The next day of protest against social dumping and exploitation by Condor Ferries will be at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port, Wharf Road PO2 8RU on Saturday 26th July at 7am. The latest protest comes as Condor issued a statement this...
Portsmouth demos called against shipping exploitation
The next days of protest against social dumping and exploitation by Condor Ferries will be at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port, Wharf Road PO2 8RU on the following dates:
Tuesday 15th July, Midday Saturday 26th July, 7am
Condor continue to recruit...