Nautilus International, the union representing officers at Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IoMSP), has released the results of a ballot for industrial action held earlier this month.
The results are as follows:
*81% voted yes to strike action.
*89% voted yes to action short of strike.
*Turnout = 77%.
Members were balloted for industrial action following the employer’s repeated threats of fire and rehire if they did not accept fundamental changes to contractual terms and conditions, Nautilus said.
They had been given until 22nd December to sign new contracts or face dismissal.
In addition, IoMSP had repeatedly refused to engage in independent arbitration as per the collective bargaining agreement, the union alleged, adding that the ballot’s result means disruption to services was likely.
Responding to the result, Nautilus Senior National Secretary, Garry Elliot, said: “The result of this ballot is a clear indication of our members’ frustrations at the unreasonable actions of the company, threatening fire and rehire and refusing independent arbitration.
“Our members are critical to this lifeline service and industrial action is a last resort, members are disappointed that the employer has given them no other choice.
“We urge Steam Packet to take this ballot result as a point to reflect on their threat of fire and rehire, engage in meaningful negotiations to avoid disruption or commit to independent collective arbitration,” he said.
Nautilus also said that it will announce plans for industrial action in due course.