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Steam Packet withdraws termination threat to end industrial action

5 January 2024

Nautilus members working onboard Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IOMSPCo) vessels have ceased industrial action after the ferry operator withdrew the threat of fire and rehire and has committed to further talks and arbitration if necessary.

The action has been stopped with immediate effect.

The Union took this step after Manx Sea Transport Guernsey, the employer of officers who work onboard Steam Packet vessels, issued a withdrawal of the notice of termination letters sent to employees on 22 December 2023. 

Nautilus senior national secretary Garry Elliott said: ‘Following constructive dialogue, facilitated by the Manx Industrial Relations Service, the company has withdrawn notices of termination issued just before Christmas and has agreed to further talks and to engaging in arbitration should talks again result in a stalemate.

‘We remain committed to engaging with the company in seeking a genuine offer that is acceptable without the threat of fire and rehire. 

On January 3 the ferry operator was forced to cut its scheduled services by 50% following unexpected crew leave. 

Talks are scheduled to continue from January 15. 

* this article was edited to reflect that IOMSPCo has 'commited to further talks and arbitration if necessary'.


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