Pay deal for ferry workers

By David Newble

Thursday, February 20, 2014

 

WIGHTLINK has agreed an inflation proof pay deal with unions over the next five years.

The agreement between the RMT, Nautilus and the company will see above inflation pay rises, particularly weighted to support lower paid staff.

The ferry company employs 400 permanent staff, rising to 600 in the summer. Around 200 staff live on the Island.

Wightlink chief executive, Russell Kew, said: "Our staff have highly responsible jobs, making sure that our customers and ships are safe, and that we operate a reliable, punctual service to and from the Isle of Wight.

"It is right that we should reflect their work and give them the security of a long term pay agreement. We will continue our constructive dialogue with the unions in the months and years ahead."

RMT Wessex regional organiser, Mick Tosh, added: "I am pleased we have reached this agreement which, I believe appropriately values the considerable contribution our members make to the running of the services Wightlink provides and demonstrates the benefit of continuing dialogue between the RMT and Wightlink."

Lisa Carr from Nautilus said: "This agreement confirms the importance of our members in securing the future of Wightlink’s service to and from the Isle of Wight."

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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 22:14:59

Looking at some of the other posts on here. I would put ticket prices up more if I was the ferry companies they cannot work much out, lol!

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by john hanson

22nd February 2014, at 14:25:26

will it make them more polite in the ticket office i doubt it

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by Keven Ball

21st February 2014, at 17:35:29

What do you believe it is about then Alan?

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by alan naylor

21st February 2014, at 13:57:09

What a great clever political move by the ferry company d ont you all get it ??

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by Keven Ball

20th February 2014, at 20:28:03

*or

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by Keven Ball

20th February 2014, at 20:27:48

I am guessing seasonal staff are on short-term of bank style contract in the summer periods?

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by Catherine Johnson

20th February 2014, at 16:17:21

400 permanent staff, rising to 600 in the summer? Even if the average wage was only £18k per annum, and I'd guess the average is actually well above that, the wage bill would be £7.2 million per annum (and that's leaving out the 200 summer workers). That seems like an incredible amount and possibly explains why the ferry fares can be so expensive.

Is that 400 rising to 600 figure correct? What are they all doing?

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by Dave Dawson

20th February 2014, at 12:49:46

It is more about what the CEO and directors earn. I seem to recall that the CEO earned way in excess of £300, 000 last year. This level of salary is usually with CEO's of Billion Pound Plus companies not little old Wightlink.

I would concentrate on the high earnerscand not the real people who make things happen.

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by Mat Thomas

20th February 2014, at 12:43:42

The Trades Councils have welcomed the agreement between RMT and Wightlink on pay.

They have also stated:

"There must also be an agreement between Macquarie and the residents of the Isle of Wight.

The Trades Council re-iterates its standpoint that there should be a publicly run council ferry service, proper agreed timetables and a general price reduction for residents and visitors".

Surely this is good news and an opportunity for Wightlink to settle with the island and be favourable to the residents.

£25 return can still be achieved as a starter.

Over to you Mr Kew.

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by James McAdder

20th February 2014, at 12:39:38

The answer, as everyone knows. is 42.

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