19 July 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT response to Scottish Government decision to permit CalMac to break collective bargaining agreements.
CALMAC Union RMT today responded to the Scottish Government's decision to permit CalMac to break collective bargaining agreements with all the recognised CalMac unions in order to time charter the Isle of Man registered MV Arrow freight ship.
The vessel, managed by Seatruck Ferries, will conduct night sailings for a six-week period and can be withdrawn with 24 hour notice during that time.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch, said:
“RMT members continue to work hard to keep Scotland's lifeline ferry routes operating. Yet their Government is failing them.
“It has been obvious for some years that the failed ferries plan was not going to deliver new ships to CalMac on time. This made it obvious that chartering would be needed on the CHFS network.
“Instead of living up to its Fair Work Framework and instructing CalMac to respect existing collective bargaining agreements in its charter agreements, lower paid seafarers on Arrow, on different contracts are being imported through the back door.
“We will await the further responses to the questions we put to CalMac in a meeting this morning but the Scottish Government needs to be aware that they are failing our members, as well as passengers.”