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19 June 2012 09:15
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said his union was concerned about the welfare of staff on the Northern Isles ferry services
The RMT transport union is to ballot members on a ferry service in the Northern Isles over possible strike action - so any people intending on visiting the region may want to ensure they have
travel insurance sorted out in case of any delays.
The ballot comes as the union said it is concerned about possible changes to pension schemes.
Currently, ferry routes in the Northern Isles are run by publicly owned company NorthLink.
From July 5, Serco will take over as the operator of the service, and the RMT says it is concerned over pension changes.
Bosses at the union also said they were concerned there could be an adverse impact on jobs, with the company facing possible cuts.
Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT, stated: "RMT always said that this deal was about maximising profits at the expense of services, fares and the workforce and our fears are proved well-founded by this pensions scandal."
Jamie Ross, business development director at Serco, tried to play down fears, saying discussions would take place between the company and staff at the ferry service.
He said: "Over the coming weeks we will continue working with both the unions and employees to discuss a number of issues."
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