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Serco NorthLink Ferries Disappointed Over Strike Action Go-Ahead

10th December 2012

Stuart Garrett, Managing Director of Serco NorthLink Ferries, said: “We remain hugely disappointed that the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has chosen to proceed with industrial action when they are aware we will not be making any compulsory redundancies and all seafaring staff are receiving a 4.25% pay rise this year and next year.

“However we are making every effort to maintain the lifeline services linking the Northern Isles with the mainland. We have evaluated freight requirements and passenger demand on and around the days of the planned strikes. Bookings are very low, and if we are forced to cancel services due to the proposed strike action by the RMT, we can offer customers alternative sailings.

“We appreciate that the impact of any strike action over the busy festive season would be disappointing for our customers. Our aim is to minimise disruption to the public and we fail to understand why the RMT is continuing with industrial action. We have been trying to contact the RMT and remain hopeful they will respond to our most recent request in a positive fashion.”

 

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