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Strike negotiations may be needed in jobs row

Workers at Steam Packet are threatening industrial action if jobs at the firm are lost.

24 November 2010

Strike negotiations may be needed to resolve a row that started after hundreds of jobs at ferry service Steam Packet were reportedly put at risk as a result of a rival business being set up.

According to the BBC, Ramsey-based firm Mezeron established business in direct competition to Steam Packet.

The RMT union are concerned that jobs may be lost at Steam Packet because of the knock-on effect Mezeron's employment of seafarers who are on 'poverty pay' will have.

"We are not opposed to competition but it must be on a level playing field and that is clearly not the case," said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

Unions representing Steam Packet have threatened further protests and industrial action if people are made redundant.

Last week, workers at a Heinz factory in Wigan were balloted over whether they should strike after trade union Unite claimed the business could offer staff more substantial pay increases in the coming years.

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