4 August 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT calls for support for ferry workers as Covid-19 restrictions are eased in Scotland
FERRIES’ UNION RMT today responded to the First Minister’s announcement that Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland would be moving to ‘beyond Level 0’ from Monday 9th August.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Ferry workers in Scotland must be supported with the sudden increases in passenger traffic which we expect to result from the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions from 9 August.
“The removal of physical distancing restrictions and the maintenance of mask wearing requirements on passengers and staff need to be handled with particular care. We would also draw attention to the fact that over the last 18 months, the majority of CalMac staff have been operating ageing ferries with dramatically reduced carrying capacity.
“On top of the ferry procurement fiasco, the series of breakdowns, delays and disruptions in recent months has severely depleted service resilience on the lifeline Clyde and Hebrides network.
“A sudden return of pre-pandemic passenger traffic has to be handled cautiously and safely. RMT will not tolerate our members being blamed or abused for any further ferry network problems which are the result of the SNP Government’s failure of Scotland’s iconic public sector ferry services.”