Second CalMac union backs ferry strike action

The industrial dispute between CalMac Ferries Ltd and the RMT and TSSA unions has been resolved.
The industrial dispute between CalMac Ferries Ltd and the RMT and TSSA unions has been resolved.

Members of the TSSA union working for CalMac Ferries Ltd have voted in favour of strike action in the ongoing row over the Scottish Government’s tendering process.

The union’s one hundred members working for CFL voted by 55.6 per cent to walk out over their concerns that the new Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract could be won by private bidder Serco.

No date has yet been set for any strike action by TSSA members.

A threatened second strike by the RMT was suspended after Scottish ministers agreed to delay the tendering process to allow further talks over the dispute.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said: “Both the people who work on the ferries and the communities they serve have made their feelings quite clear on this issue.

“They want this vital service kept in public hands.

“Ministers should start listening to the people they are meant to represent and stop blaming Brussels for this ham fisted decision.”

The result of the TSSA ballot was announced on the same day as the findings of an independent survey were published showing that members of the public are in favour of keeping CalMac services in the public sector.

In a poll by Survation of 1,084 adults, carried out between July 3 and 7, 64 per cent of those polled by Survation said services should remain publicly operated, while 58 per cent backed the right of CalMac workers to take industrial action.