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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SERCO GETS ITS CLAWS INTO CALMAC CLYDE AND HEBRIDES SEA FERRY SERVICES

RMT confirms Calmac industrial action




The CalMac union RMT is tonight confirming  a schedule of industrial action in a bid to defend the jobs, conditions and pensions after they earlier warned that the‎ Clyde and Hebrides ferry service is being set up for takeover by the private company Serco (who run Peterborough City Council) along with Caledonian Macbrayne destined to provide this essential lifeline service to the west coast islands.


RMT members have voted by well over 90% for action in a ballot that covers both strikes and action short of strikes. The action confirmed today is as follows:

Members will be instructed to take strike action as follows:-

•    If the ship is in port then my members will be instructed not to ‘turn to’ (book on) for any duty that commences between 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on Friday 26th June 2015.

This action is intended to be discontinuous.

Furthermore members will be instructed to take discontinuous industrial action in the form of an overtime and call back ban between:-

•    00:01 hours on Wednesday 24th June and 23:59 hours on Thursday 25th June 2015.

RMT continues to demand the assurances that staff are rightly demanding in their fight for workplace justice while the billion pound contracting process is kicked around behind closed doors.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

"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.

"As a result of the failure to give staff the most basic assurances we are now using the massive mandate secured in the ballot and confirming a programme of industrial action.

"RMT wants cast iron assurances and we want them now and we are prepar‎ed to engage in meaningful talks around that agenda as we prepare for the first phase of industrial action."

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THE HIGH COURT has ruled....People have a right to lampoon and criticise politicians and public officials under the Human Rights Act, the High Court has ruled.

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ampoon (lampoon) Pronunciation: /lamˈpuːn/ verb [with object] publicly criticize (someone or something) by using ridicule, irony, or sarcasm: the actor was lampooned by the press noun a speech or text lampooning someone or something: the magazine fired at God, Royalty, and politicians, using cartoons and lampoons.

Derivatives: lampooner noun lampoonery noun lampoonist noun Origin: mid 17th century: from French lampon, said to be from lampons 'let us drink' (used as a refrain), from lamper 'gulp down', nasalized form of laper 'to lap (liquid).

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