Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2020 – Caledonian MacBrayne

Our Ref: SH/0001/CM
9th December 2020


Dear Colleagues

Rates of Pay and Conditions of Service 2020 – Caledonian MacBrayne

I write to you today to update you on the dispute situation between your union and Caledonian MacBrayne As I outlined previously the company have stuck rigidly to a position which is both unfortunate and completely inflexible and have refused to recognise that their offer of 0.5% is in effect a pay cut for staff with the current rate of RPI (Retail Price Index) standing at 1.3%.

Your negotiating team have tried on several occasions to keep the dialogue going with management despite the company continually refusing to recognise that the RPI rate was artificially low in August as published in September which has been proven accurate as the rate of inflation grew in each month since.

The RMT, the TSSA and Unite the Union wrote to the Managing Director on 1st December 2020 seeking a further meeting with him as all three unions believe there is a deal there to be done. The company wrote back agreeing to a meeting and this took place yesterday (8th December)

Your Lead Officer, Gordon Martin, has furnished me with a report which unfortunately is not at this stage a positive improvement. The company are stubbornly sticking to their original offer of 0.5% for this year and RPI for August as published in September in 2021 and as far as they are concerned you as the workforce at Calmac should be grateful for this and the fact you have a job at all while others are losing their jobs.

This immature and arrogant response from the company comes at the same time as the directors are being awarded huge salary increases on the back of your hard work and professionalism during a worldwide pandemic while senior management are sitting comfortably at home.

As I have outlined in previous updates your union has done and will continue to raise our concerns with the elected politicians at Holyrood making the strong argument that lifeline ferry service workers deserve fairness not insults from their senior directors.

As a result of the company’s intransigence the RMT, the TSSA and Unite the Union have collectively agreed to ballot all members for industrial action. I am currently making the necessary preparations to ballot members for industrial action. With this in mind I would be grateful if members would ensure the RMT has the correct contact and employment details for you. This can be accessed in the members area of the website or alternatively you can also email us in info@rmt.org.uk or ring the helpline on 0800 376 3706.

I will update you further in due course and in the meantime if you require union assistance please speak in the first instance to your workplace representatives. If you require further assistance contact your RMT coordinator Brian Reynolds on 07880 758640 or by emailing brian_reynolds61@msn.com or your Lead Officer Gordon Martin on 07884 655217 or by emailing gordon.martin@rmt.org.uk

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary