The dispute between Orkney Ferries and the RMT, NATAULIS and UNITE has been on-going since the end of the previous three year deal, on 1st April 2012.
John has contacted twice Orkney Ferries asking them to engage in ‘meaningful’ talks with the trade unions.
Speaking after sending a further communication to Councillor Graham Sinclair, Chair of Orkney ferries Limited, John said:
“This dispute is all about a willingness to play by the rules and engage in meaningful discussions. Orkney Ferries employees are not Orkney Islands Council employees and, whilst at board room level there are some common faces, to link both groups of workers is both unhelpful and inappropriate.
“I also call upon Orkney Ferries to stick by their negotiating arrangements and not seek to by-pass the Trade Union Officials as they did recently.
“The Trade Unions have already shown that they are willing to work out the negotiations by participating with ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) and I firmly believe if there’s a will, there’s a way. Once again, I ask Orkney ferries to engage with the Trade Unions and resolve this dispute at the earliest opportunity.”