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Nautilus members to take 'action short of strike' after Christmas

Tue, 19 Dec 2023

The Nautilus Union has today (December 19) announced that ferry officers at the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company will take continuous action short of strike from 6pm on December 27.

Members indicated resounding support for industrial action with 89% of those participating in the ballot voting yes to action short of strike, 81% voting for strike action, and a 77% turnout. 

Ships’ officers employed by the Company will not work any overtime, nor ‘work up’ to cover senior roles onboard.

They will work in full compliance with all safety guidelines and policies ensuring the safety of people, the safety of the vessel, and the safety of the environment at all times.

The action comes as the next step in the dispute over fundamental changes to their contracts of employment relating to live aboard arrangements, the company’s threat of fire and rehire, and refusal to engage in independent arbitration.

The action will likely impact passenger and freight ferry services to the island between Christmas and New Year and will continue indefinitely into 2024.





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