25 June 2015
RMT Press Office
Cross party motion tabled in Scottish Parliament gets SNP support and backs RMT CalMac fight for jobs, services and public ownership.
A motion tabled today by John Finnie in the Scottish Parliament on the threat to jobs and services at CalMac has attracted cross party support, including from SNP:
Motion S4M-13620: John Finnie, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 24/06/2015
Supporting CalMac Workers and Passengers
That the Parliament notes the current dispute between Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) ferry workers and the employer over concerns about future services, staffing levels, job security and pensions, which it understands have arisen from the tendering process of Clyde and Hebrides ferry services currently operated by CalMac; supports CalMac workers and what it considers the excellent job that they do and calls for their concerns to be addressed; notes that the private sector corporation, Serco, is bidding to take over CalMac services, and believes that the interests of islanders, tourism and the Scottish economy would be best served by these lifeline ferry services remaining in the public sector.
Supported by: John Mason (SNP), Neil Findlay (Lab), David Stewart (Lab), Elaine Smith (Lab), Anne McTaggart (Lab), Cara Hilton (Lab), John Wilson (Ind – ex-SNP), Jean Urquhart (Ind – ex-SNP)
The motion has been tabled as RMT members prepare for 24 hours of strike action tomorrow.
General Secretary Mick Cash said.
"It is clear that the CalMac workers, locked into a battle for the very future of these lifeline ferry services , are drawing in broad political and public support as the issues at the heart of the dispute are exposed and the smokescreen of misinformation melts away.
"There are now no excuses. The assurances on jobs, staffing, safety and the future of the ferry services that RMT has been seeking from the start should be met as a matter of urgency to allow us to move forwards with security and certainty.
"RMT members are rock solid in their support for the action we have been forced to take to defend CalMac from an unnecessary and damaging attack and the ball is now firmly in CalMac's court and we expect them to act swiftly now."