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Union suspends Scottish ferry action

Issue No. 2462

The RMT union suspended a strike by CalMac and Argyll Ferries workers planned for Friday of last week. 

Workers want protections over jobs, terms and conditions, and pensions.

The dispute revolves around the tendering of Clyde and Hebrides ferry services by the Scottish National Party (SNP) Scottish government. 

There are fears that whoever gets the contract there will be attacks on workers.

The union suspended action after the SNP agreed to delay the publication of the Draft Invitation to Tender until the end of the month. Talks are set to take place and be concluded by 24 July.

A five-day strike by engineers at Southern Rail was suspended after a “breakthrough in last minute talks” according to their RMT union. 

A joint resolution from RMT and management stated forthcoming pay talks would include an agreement on a 37 hour week by May 2017. 

No public statements had been made on imposed rosters or on the threat to a long term agreement as Socialist Worker went to press. It protects workers’ rights if a depot is closed or there are job cuts.

The RMT union said its dispute at Northern Rail “cannot be progressed with any hope of success” after bosses used anti-union laws to challenge the union’s ballot and seek damages last week. 

This was on advice from the union’s lawyers. Some 80 percent of station staff and guards voted to strike.

A new deal has been offered to Scotrail workers by bosses at Abellio after an overtime ban led to the company cancelling a third of Sunday services.

The deal includes a 2.5 percent increase on salary and allowances from 1 April this year, plus backdated payments for Sunday working and extra staff at rural depots.

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