Christmas strikes on ferries cancelled

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PLANNED strike action on Wightlink Ferries over the Christmas period has been called off.

The decision to cancel industrial action was made by the RMT’s executive committee, after one of it’s sacked members secured another job.

The strike was set to go ahead on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day in support of the union’s representative member, Paul Kelly.

It claimed he was dismissed unfairly from his role with the ferry firm, and called a ballot with Wightlink RMT staff. Out of the 117 votes cast – 87 were in favour of a strike and 30 against.

But when Mr Kelly announced he had found another job at a union meeting in Portsmouth on Thursday, the RMT’s general secretary Bob Crow advised that the action be pulled.

He made the recommendation at an executive committee meeting today and committee members agreed to call off the strike.

Mr Crow said: ‘As a result of our sacked member securing a job elsewhere in the industry, the strike action on Wightlink Ferries is off.’