RMT calls off CalMac ferry strike

The RMT and TSSA unions have reached a deal with CalMac Ferries Ltd and the Scottish Government which will prevent any further strike action on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes.
The RMT and TSSA unions have reached a deal with CalMac Ferries Ltd and the Scottish Government which will prevent any further strike action on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes.

There are sighs of relief all round on Bute, and islands up and down the west coast of Scotland, after the RMT union called off its planned 24-hour CalMac strike scheduled for Friday, July 10.

All sailings on both Bute routes, and throughout the Caledonian MacBrayne network, will now operate as per the published timetables on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The union announced just after 10pm on Wednesday that it was suspending its industrial action “to allow continuing discussion with all parties” on the key issues at the heart of the dispute.

The decision was made after the Scottish Government agreed to delay the tendering process for the new Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service (CHFS) contract to give time for further negotiation on the areas of concern to the RMT - namely jobs, conditions of employment, and pensions.

The draft Invitation to Tender will now not be published until Friday, July 31, while a deadline of July 24 has been set for the conclusion of talks.