BREAKING HAMPSHIRE ISLE OF WIGHT

 Staff at cross-Solent operator Wightlink have voted in favour of carrying out strike action

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Over 400 workers have been balloted by the RMT union as a result of the company proposing to slash workers’ pension rights and change their working conditions.

Negotiations have failed to produce an offer on pensions and terms and conditions that meet ‘the very reasonable demands of the workforce’, according to the RMT.

Of the 418 eligible staff members of Wightlink Ltd and Wightlink (Guernsey) Ltd, a total of 304 decided to have their say. 270 voted in favour of taking strike action against 34 who said no – a majority of 88%.

The RMT has said that Wightlink’s action had been ‘particularly disgraceful’ due to the fact that at the height of the pandemic (April to September) employees loaned 20% of their salary and gave up terms and conditions for 6 months to allow the company to keep trading.

The result of ballot exceeds the legal thresholds and the National Executive Committee of the RMT is now considering this result.