CalMac ferry strike begins

Written by on 24 June 2015 in News

Strike action at public company means three days of ferry disruption across west coast

Crews on vessels run by publicly owned Caledonian McBrayne have begun three days of industrial action after the company's routes have been opened to competitive tender.

Staff want reassurances about the security of their jobs, pay and pensions. Ninety per cent of RMT union members, who represent half of the company's workforce, voted in favour of strike action, which will comprise of two days of an overtime ban followed by a full strike on Friday.

Ministers spoke to the RMT union yesterday afternoon in an attempt to urge them to call off the action and return to talks, which broke down on Monday.


Small business, big land - Scotland's rural economy

Land reform bill published 

Transport Minister Derek Mackay said pension would be protected under any tendered contract. 

"EU law requires the Scottish Government to tender ferry services. This was accepted by previous Governments when it initiated the first tendering exercise for CHFS, it is therefore regrettable that some are seeking to use the current situation to score political points," he said.

Scottish Labour’s Shadow Transport and Islands Minister David Stewart said: “Instead of dancing on the head of a pin about how they define privatisation, the SNP should back Labour’s call for this vital ferry service to remain in public hands. When Serco was handed the Northern Isles service, routes were cut and staff sacked. It was a disaster, but it appears the SNP Government hasn’t learned the lessons of the past.​"



Related Articles

Scotland could achieve net zero emissions by 2045, study finds
23 January 2019

The study, produced by Vivid Economics, said carbon sinks will play a crucial role in balancing remaining emissions

Scottish Tories urge Home Office to allow asylum seekers to work
2 November 2018

Campaigners have urged the Home Office to change policy and allow those with a claim which has not been resolved within six months to look for employment

Digital infrastructure must be given same priority as traditional construction projects, says Michael Matheson
10 October 2018

The Scottish Government this week announced plans to establish an infrastructure commission to advise ministers on how spending can deliver maximum benefit for the economy

Related Sponsored Articles

Share this page