Calmac deal puts off strike action
Calmac and Argyll Ferries reach agreement, following four days of talks between the Scottish Government, CalMac and unions
Calmac and Argyll Ferries have reached an agreement, following four days of talks between the Scottish Government, CalMac and unions.
The deal, which will prevent further industrial action, means the tendering process for the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services contract will go ahead, beginning on 31 July.
Minister for Transport and Islands Derek Mackay said: “All parties involved in the talks have worked hard to find a solution and I am very pleased an agreement has now been reached that ends the threat of further strike action.
He added: “The Scottish Government has made a clear commitment to our ferry services, investing a record £1billion in port infrastructure, vessels and services since 2007. We have also introduced Road Equivalent Tariff, substantially reducing the cost of ferry travel for passengers, cars, coaches and small commercial vehicles on the CHFS network.
“As Minister for Transport and Islands, I’m well aware of the lifeline role these services play in supporting our islands and the Scottish Government remains committed to delivering the very best deal for all of the communities of the Clyde and Hebrides.”
The RMT and TSSA unions said: “RMT and TSSA believe we have reached the best possible deal achievable for our members which will protect the current terms and conditions.
“In doing so we have also received the written assurances from the transport minister that there will be a requirement by any successful bidder to provide the current CalMac pension scheme.”
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