Union: Don’t Blame Ferry Crews for Lockdown

Ferries Union RMT has said its members and other ferry crews are not to blame for the island’s latest lockdown.

The union has today responded to the Isle of Man Government’s decision to introduce a 21-day ‘circuit breaker’ lock down in response to a rise in Coronavirus cases.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: ‘Whilst we support the Manx Government’s move, it is important to remember that Isle of Man Steam Packet workers have kept the island’s people, health services and businesses supplied with food, medical equipment and other goods throughout the pandemic and will continue to work hard to do so during the circuit breaker lock down.

‘Ferry workers must not be blamed for this outbreak and RMT will work with all parties to ensure that infection rates are suppressed and brought back under control, ahead of a successful re-opening of the Manx economy.’

While a cluster of cases was first traced back to a Steam Packet crew member, the gov has so far been unable to explain several community cases with no direct link being found back to that initial case.

This comes as the row between the Cabinet Office and the Steam Packet over crew members and whether they had to isolate or not refuses to go away.

While Chief Minister HQ has said that the Chief Secretary Will Greenhow will be producing a report on the disagreement, Liberal Vannin leader Lawrie Hooper, as well as several other backbench MHKs, has called for Tynwald or an independent party to investigate the row.