Date lodged: 4 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that subcontractors on the Northern Isles Seatruck ferry services are being paid £3.66 per hour, which is less than the national minimum or living wage, and, in light of this being a public contract, what action it is taking.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 November 2016
The Minister for Transport and the Islands recently met with the CEO of Seatruck to discuss the issues around staff pay on the freight vessels currently operating on the Northern Isles ferry service. Following a constructive meeting, further work will be undertaken by Seatruck and Transport Scotland to try and resolve the current situation.
The Minister has also written to the UK Government to ask them to take action on the National Minimum Wage and seafarers. Scottish Ministers are currently considering all available options and legal implications to promote fair work practices, including collective bargaining and payment of the National Minimum Wage and, where possible, the Scottish Living Wage in their contracts.