The work-to-rule and strike by CalMac ferry staff planned for tomorrow (Wednesday June 24) and the following two days is going ahead.  This includes an all-out strike on Friday.

Last night the ferry company said: "We are disappointed to advise that dispute resolution talks with the RMT have today broken down and as a result this week's industrial action will go ahead as planned. We are disappointed that these talks have failed to find suitable agreement but our door remains open for further talks.

 

"All passengers and business customers are being advised to think about whether they need to travel on these days and anyone considering buying a ticket for travel during the period of industrial action should be aware of the risk of potential disruption.

"The service impact that this industrial action will have is currently being assessed and contingency plans are being compiled at present.

"Details of the expected service impact  will be posted on our website and a further email sent out to passengers and business customers once these are available.

The RMT trades union has announced its intention to take industrial action on June 24, 25 and 26.

  • On June the 24, 25 they will be operating an overtime ban which may impact on scheduled services, disruption is expected.

  • On June 26 a full day of strike action is planned which is likely to cause SEVERE disruption.

"Passengers are advised to think about whether they need to travel on these days. Anyone buying tickets to travel during the period of this industrial action should be aware of the risk of potential disruption. 

"If you have already bought a ticket for these dates and choose not to travel, we will give you a full refund or book you on an alternative sailing. If you choose to travel and your sailing is cancelled we will give you a full refund. We will also reimburse anyone who has to incur costs associated with unexpected accommodation or meals due to delays caused by industrial action.

"We are not however able to provide compensation for pre-booked accommodation or other consequential losses.

"We are fully aware of the importance of the lifeline service we deliver and the reliance which both the communities we serve and tourist visitors place on this service.  All our customers can be assured that if industrial action does occur we will do everything in our power to minimise the impact it might have."