Union members work to rule at Calmac over pay, conditions and pensions

2calmacRMT members working for a ferry company on the west coast of Scotland today begin industrial action in a fight to defend jobs, conditions and pensions.

The Calmac workers, who are today working to rule, will on Friday take 14 hours strike action.

Politicians have joined the union in warning that the Clyde and Hebrides service is being set up for  takeover by the profiteering private company Serco who along with Caledonian Macbrayne are in the running to  provide this essential lifeline service to the west coast islands.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The talks with Calmac have not made significant progress despite the best efforts of our negotiators and as a result the action goes ahead from Wednesday.

“It is extraordinary that rather than standing up for Scotland’s lifeline ferry services those who hold political power have resorted to ludicrous arguments about what does and doesn’t represent privatisation. That is a kick in the teeth for loyal and hard working staff who have given long hard years of service at CalMac.

“RMT members on CalMac rightly feel that they are caught in the crossfire of an unnecessary and damaging tendering battle that leaves jobs, conditions and pensions hanging by a thread. That is simply intolerable.

“RMT wants cast iron assurances and we want them now and we are committed to engaging in meaningful talks around that agenda as we kick off the first phase of industrial action.”

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