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S5W-06947: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to its statement on Scotland’s ferry services on 2 February 2017, what steps it will take to reassure CalMac Ferries staff and their trade union representatives that the existing contractual terms and conditions of employment for staff working on the 2016-24 contract for Clyde and Hebrides ferry services are unaffected by the review of ferry service procurement.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 24 February 2017

I am committed to keeping CalMac Ferries fully informed of the purpose and progress of the review, and on-going engagement with the trade unions involved.

Contractual terms and conditions of employment are a matter for CalMac Ferries as the employer. The public service contract also provides additional protections, including a no compulsory redundancy guarantee, continued provision of the CalMac pension scheme and payment of the living wage. I do not foresee the need for any changes to the current terms and conditions of employment during the review or as a consequence of any extension period being agreed.