22 July 2015
calmac, caledonian macbrayne,
RMT settles dispute on CalMac and Argyll Ferries after unions receive clear assurances on jobs, terms and conditions and pensions
CalMac union RMT confirmed tonight that it has called off industrial action on both CalMac and Argyll Ferries after reaching a settlement following protracted talks on the key issues at the heart of the dispute.
The following joint statement sets out the position;
"RMT and TSSA believe we have reached the best possible deal achievable, for our members. Which will protect the current terms and conditions. In doing so we have also received the written assurances from the transport minister, that there will be a requirement by any successful bidder to provide the current Cal Mac pension scheme.
The resolution of this dispute secures the future employment of our members and indeed the services they provide to the island communities."
RMT has made it clear that it will continue to fight for the retention of the ferry services within the public sector.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"Thanks to the hard work of our negotiators we have reached a clear agreement on the key issues which enables us to settle this dispute.
"I want to pay tribute to the solidarity and determination of our members which has enabled us to secure this agreement and I also want to thank the local communities who have supported us in this fight.
"Although the dispute is over the fight to retain the lifeline ferry services in the public sector continues."