BREAKING: RMT announces new CalMac strike date

The RMT union is to hold a second 24-hour strike on CalMac Ferries Ltd on July 10. The last stoppage, on June 26, saw the chartered catamaran MV Clipper provide a limited passenger-only service between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay.

The RMT union is to hold a second 24-hour strike on CalMac Ferries Ltd on July 10. The last stoppage, on June 26, saw the chartered catamaran MV Clipper provide a limited passenger-only service between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay.

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RMT members working on Caledonian MacBrayne ferries are to stage a second 24-hour strike on Friday, July 10.

The union announced on Friday that its members would be holding a second 24-hour stoppage in an ongoing row over jobs, working conditions and pensions.

The latest strike, unlike that on June 26, will also affect Argyll Ferries’ passenger-only service between Gourock and Dunoon.

However, unlike last month’s industrial action, the 24-hour strike will not be preceded by an overtime ban.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Despite the most strenuous efforts to negotiate a settlement on CalMac we are still not getting the clear assurances that we seek that will defend the safety-critical jobs and working conditions that go hand in hand with delivering safe and efficient lifeline ferry services to the communities that we serve.

“It is a cold hard fact that privatisation is all about a race to the bottom in order to maximise profits and our members will not sit back while they are caught in the crossfire of the tendering process.

“Our members on Argyll Ferries now find themselves staring down the barrel of exactly those same kind of attacks on jobs and working conditions and have delivered a massive and rock-solid mandate for action.

“RMT urges the people of Scotland to remain resolute in their support for the workforce in both these disputes – our fight is your fight.”

The RMT’s demands are as follows.

Job security – a term inserted into members current contract of employment with immediate effect that there will be no compulsory redundancies and no changes to staffing levels without agreement being reached with the union.

Conditions of service – a term inserted into members current contract of employment with immediate effect that that there will be no changes to your conditions of service without agreement being reached with the union.

Pensions – a guarantee that all members will remain in the current pension scheme and that no changes will be made to the scheme without agreement being reached with the union.