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Ferry Workers: Clyde workers strike on pay

Issue No. 1780

Workers on ferries running from the Clyde in Scotland were due to start all-out strike action from Monday night. Some 40 pierhands working for the Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) company are striking.

With the pierhands out, boats will be unable to dock and tie up. The strike will shut down the ferries on routes between Ardrossan and Brodick, Wemyss Bay and Rothesay, and Gourock and Dunoon. The workers, members of the RMT union, are demanding pay parity with seafarers who work for CalMac on routes in Scotland's Western Isles.

One CalMac worker told the Scottish Socialist Voice newspaper, 'Low pay and unsociable hours are rampant throughout the industry.' Workers are angry at CalMac for it taking out a half-page ad in local papers claiming they get an average £20,000 a year.

Some workers on the boats can get that much, but only by working 55 hours a week away from home, with overtime included. Seafarers on the Western Isles routes get the same money for a 43-hour week.

Send messages of support to RMT, Caledonian MacBrayne Ferry Terminal, Gourock PA19 1QP.

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Sat 22 Dec 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1780
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