CalMac “disappointed” over new strike action

The Scottish Government has published the initial Invitation to Tender for the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract.

The Scottish Government has published the initial Invitation to Tender for the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract.

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Caledonian MacBrayne has said it is “extremely disappointed” that RMT members are set to strike for a second time in recent weeks in a dispute over jobs, working conditions and pensions.

The latest strike - which will last for 24 hours on Friday, July 10 - 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.

CalMac Ferries, managing director, Martin Dorchester said: “We are extremely disappointed that the RMT has chosen to continue with strike action.The best way to protect the existing terms and conditions of its members is to work with us to ensure we win the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract and this action is damaging.

“We are anxious to avoid any more disruption which is not in the best interests of our employees and the communities we serve and would urge all our colleagues to turn out for work.”