RMT lobby at Holyrood secures important movement on CalMac

RMT lobby at Holyrood secures important movement on CalMac

26 November 2015

RMT Press Office

RMT lobby at Holyrood secures important movement from Transport Minister in fight to save CalMac Ferry Services

CalMac demo

RMT members turned out in force to lobby MSP's yesterday in advance of the Labour led debate on keeping lifeline ferry service Calmac in the public sector and out of the hands of the multi national profiteering Serco.


The highlight of the debate was Transport Minister Derek Mackay conceding the RMT's legal opinion on the Teckal exemption from tendering public contracts needs to be fully examined and offered to meet his Labour counterparts to discuss further.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said ;

"This statement from Derek Mackay is a potential game changer and we expect the Scottish Government to fully explore and exhaust the legal opinion RMT has received in relation to tendering public sector transport systems.

"RMT would welcome an invitation to join with both front bench transport teams at Holyrood to put forward our positive campaign which is fully backed up with a legal opinion from an expert in this field, to keep Calmac public and end this very expensive and wholly unnecessary tendering process. Serco have a dreadful record in relation to public sector contracts and have established themselves as specialists in failure."

National Secretary Steve Todd added;

" RMT will join with the politicians at Holyrood who stated on the record today in parliament that no stone should be left unturned in our efforts to keep Calmac public as this is in the best interests of the taxpayer, the travelling public and the hard working loyal staff."
Notes to Editors
1.            The full advice of Gordon Nardell QC is on the RMT website
2.            Vol 1, Para 5.4.1 of the Interim ITT states
“Transport Scotland may elect to discontinue or suspend the Procurement Process at any time without selecting a Successful Participant and without giving prior notice to the Participants. Transport Scotland may do so without responsibility or liability to any Participant and the Successful Participant resulting from such discontinuation or suspension, including any liability for any costs or expenditure incurred by the Participant) or inconvenience caused.”



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