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Steam Packet hoped to 'avoid this situation' after ferry workers vote in favour of strike

Tue, 19 Dec 2023

Members of the Nautilus Union have voted in favour of industrial action.

The trade union representing officers working at Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, has released the results of its ballot for industrial action.

  • 81% voted yes to strike action
  • 89% voted yes to action short of strike
  • Turnout was 77%

According to the Union, members have been given until December 22 to sign new contracts or face dismissal.

The result of the ballot means disruption to Steam Packet services is likely.

Steam Packet response

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has noted with "disappointment" the outcome of the ballot for industrial action held by Nautilus Union.

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Managing Director Brian Thomson said: “We’ve hoped all along to avoid this situation but we’ve also been planning for the worst. We would now expect the Union, its members and our officers to do what is in their power to minimise any impact on the travelling public and every island resident who relies on the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company daily.”

Nautilus will announce plans for industrial action in due course.




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