Lack of respect for public has sparked anger at union

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Who would Jeremy Clarkson want to shoot?

The engineer and union representative who was sacked, the rest of his RMT colleagues who decided to come out on strike to back him up, union leader Bob Crow for getting involved, or the lot of them?

For tens of thousands of people making plans to return to the Isle of Wight via Portsmouth this Christmas, panic struck when members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union decided to strike on two of the most sensitive days of the year for islanders – Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.

Thankfully, the planned action has since been called off because the worker in question has found a new job.

But the total lack of communication between the union and the travelling public still brought about anger and disbelief.

They showed a total lack of respect and understanding for the fare paying passengers who keep them in work.

Many, including myself, spent many frantic hours on the phone hoping to find an alternative ferry. Many couldn’t and changed their plans.

Wightlink might have lost money but their reputation remains intact. It’s the union’s reputation which is in tatters.

It seems to me that RMT members put a plan together to back up one of their own. There was also talk of bullying and victimisation.

No-one should have to experience this. But people should go through every channel and appeal court first. Strike action should always be the very last resort.

I can’t remember the last time Wightlink staff called a two-day strike. So was this one man more important than pay or conditions? It would seem so.

As Red Funnel rubbed their hands with joy at the extra custom, the ones left feeling victimised were the travelling passengers. Union members have now been left with egg on their faces.

Unions are important but run by dinosaurs.

Do they want Wightlink to end up like SeaFrance? Crippled by the unions, the company has gone bust and 2,000 people will now lose their livelihoods.