Ferry strike latest: talks to go into third day

The chartered Clyde Marine vessel MV Clipper provided a limited passenger-only service between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay during the RMT's last 24-hour strike on June 26.
The chartered Clyde Marine vessel MV Clipper provided a limited passenger-only service between Rothesay and Wemyss Bay during the RMT's last 24-hour strike on June 26.

After a second day of talks, there’s still no indication of whether this Friday’s 24-hour strike by the RMT union on CalMac ferry services might be called off.

The two sides met again on Tuesday for further discussions on the union’s concerns over jobs, conditions and pensions which resulted in an all-out stoppage on June 26.

An announcement on the CalMac_Updates Twitter feed on Tuesday evening stated: “Following our meeting today dialogue with the RMT remains open and today’s meeting will reconvene tomorrow. Talks are ongoing.”

Nor, at present, is there any indication of the level of service which could operate on routes likely to be affected if Friday’s strike goes ahead as planned.

During the last stoppage CalMac chartered the passenger-only catamaran MV Clipper to provide a limited service on the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay route during morning and evening peak hours only; the Rhubodach-Colintraive route was unaffected by the strike.

CalMac has already begun changing bookings made on reservable routes for this Friday, though that move does not affect either of the company’s Bute services.

Keep an eye on this site and on CalMac’s service information pages for the latest news.