WIGHTLINK STRIKE ACTION CALLED OFF AS NEGOTIATIONS PROVE SUCCESSFUL

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Strike action at Wightlink which had been planned for April, May and June – anticipated to be busy and important months for the Isle of Wight – has been cancelled.

The RMT union has confirmed that negotiations have led to members accepting the latest proposals from Wightlink Ltd and Wightlink (Guernsey) Ltd. The proposals have been accepted with 173 votes against 21.

It comes after concerns were raised about changing to pensions and workers’ terms and conditions.

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As previously reported by Island Echo, the strike action was paused at the start of March. Today’s news means that the strike action has now been called off completely, meaning tourists and Islanders alike can book ferry travel with some confidence.

The first strikes were going to take place next week (Good Friday) and continue on selected dates until 27th June.

Mick Cash, RMT’s General Secretary, has said:

“I would like to place on record my congratulations to our members at Wightlink for their support in throughout this dispute”.

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