Wightlink staff ballot on strike over rep’s sacking

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THE transport union RMT is set to begin balloting today for strike action on Wightlink’s Portsmouth routes.

The union is involved in a row over the sacking of RMT union representative Paul Kelly.

The RMT said in a statement that Mr Kelly’s ‘only real crime was actively supporting his members’ and that a local manager took exception to his campaigning work.

RMT general secretar Bob Crow said: ‘Once again RMT finds itself having to defend an elected and accredited union representative, whose only real crime is to continually defend the members he represents, regularly challenging the company and ensuring all agreements are followed correctly.’ The ballot action takes place on a day when hundreds of thousands of public sector workers are striking.

Wightlink has said it has not been informed about any potential ballot of the staff on whether to start industrial action.