Red Funnel pay win

Unite secures Red Funnel workers’ pay rises of up to 18%

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Strikes on all Southampton to Cowes Red Funnel ferries have ended after workers voted to accept a two-year deal pay deal worth 18.3 per cent for the lowest paid and 13.4 per cent for all other staff.

More than 120 workers, members of Unite who work as customer service staff, shunters and ratings, will benefit from the deal.

The deal also includes improvements to paid leave, sick pay, food allowances and health benefits.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said, “Our members at Red Funnel stood together to fight for better wages and won. This is just the latest example of how Unite’s total focus on improving jobs, pay and conditions is delivering for our members.”

The workers will receive immediate pay rises of 4.5 per cent – rising to 6.3 per cent for the lowest paid – backdated to January 2022. From January 2023, a pay increase of 8.6 per cent, rising to 11.3 per cent for the lowest paid, will be implemented.

Unite regional officer Ian Woodland added, “This deal shows why it is so important to be part of a union. Workers wanting better pay and T&Cs should join Unite and get their colleagues to join as well.”

By Ryan Fletcher

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