RMT members at Northlink plan for action after bosses launch attack on jobs and conditions

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RMT members in Scotland this week begin balloting for strike action on Northlink ferries after the new company running the routes, SERCO, refused to give assurances on jobs, hours and working conditions.

Following a sustained campaign of pressure from the union, Serco Northlink Ferries has now confirmed that it will honour our members’ pension entitlement and has also stated that members will not be expected to work on other Serco vessels around the UK or outside the UK.

However, it has so far declined numerous requests to hold national level discussions over issues including zero hours contracts, flexibility, versatility and potential job losses.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “SERCO Northlink are fully aware that we will not accept attacks on our members’ jobs and conditions and what is a de facto attempt to bulldoze through the casualisation of these skilled shipping grades. We have no option now but to ballot in the face of this threat to our members’ future livelihoods.”

RMT national secretary Steve Todd said: “RMT will not stand back while staff caught in the middle of this ill-conceived privatisation stitch-up are kicked from pillar to post in the dash to maximise profits. The public will understand that it is jobs and conditions today and will be cuts to services and increases to fares tomorrow. SERCO should take up the offer of national level talks to resolve this dispute.”


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