Nautilus to ballot IoMSP employees

2023-11-30T21:53:00+00:00 November 30th, 2023|Appointments|

Nautilus International (NI), the union representing officers at Isle of Man Steam Packet Co (IoMSP), has served the required notice that it will proceed with an industrial action ballot.

This ballot comes as IoMSP allegedly threatened NI members with the possibility of ‘fire and rehire’ if they refused to accept fundamental changes to their terms and conditions over the company’s insistence that employees ‘live aboard’.

It was claimed that the IoMSP also failed to engage with the union to seek arbitration in accordance with its obligations under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Union members stand to lose up to 76 days per year at home should the changes be forced through by IoMSP.

NI senior national organiser, Garry Elliot, said: “Steam Packet have continually refused to recognise the significant sacrifice they are requiring our members to make to live aboard, losing 76 days per year with their friends and family.

“As we have said from the beginning, we have never been against ‘live aboard’ in its entirety, we have simply requested that the company act in a reasonable manner by phasing in the changes, offer a fair remuneration for the significant  impact these changes would have on our members way of life, and, where necessary, honour existing contracts of employment.

“Steam Packet have consistently failed to appreciate and recognise the genuine concerns of Nautilus members. They also refused to engage in independent collective arbitration, as per the existing collective bargaining agreement, despite the Manx Industrial Relations Service stating they could facilitate such a process.

“If industrial action goes ahead, it will be due to the intransigence of management not the hard-working employees who are being asked to accept fundamental changes or face getting the sack,” he said.