Further CalMac strikes averted

After a 24-hour strike on Friday, 26 June (which followed two days of work to rule, essentially not working overtime); the announcement of another for Friday, 10 July; and calling this latter one off on Wednesday, 8 July; the RMT and TSSA unions, CalMac and Scottish Government finally reached, on Wednesday, 22 July, an agreement which will hopefully prevent any further strikes, at least in connexion with next year’s end of CalMac’s current contract to run Clyde and Hebrides ferry services.
BBC: Ferry strikes off after CalMac talks deal
BBC: Aonta eadar CalMac is na h-Aonaidhean
It would be interesting to know why it took so long. The general impression from the many articles published at the time was that each side was accusing the other one of being obtuse. However, in my day I worked as a sort of liaison officer; I know that in similar negotiations, obtuseness usually serves either to hide one’s real aims, or to gain time. And that not having been present there, I’ll never know who was really obtuse and why in this dispute.

Full names: RMT – National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers; TSSA – Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (joined in after the strike that did happen), CalMac – Caledonian MacBrayne


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