Date lodged: 21 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that the views of trade unions are represented on the Expert Ferry Group.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 29 September 2017
Membership of the Expert Ferry Group is on the basis of an individual’s knowledge and expertise rather than as a representative of a particular stakeholder group. Members of the Expert Ferry Group includes key transport professionals, academics and operators of ferry services.
The trade unions are not represented on this group, with separate arrangements applying to allow dialogue between the Minister for Transport and the Islands and the trade union on matters of relevance to the trade unions. The Minister meets regularly with the relevant trade unions and the STUC.