Tourism body welcomes ferry dispute resolution

The RMT and TSSA unions have reached a deal with CalMac Ferries Ltd and the Scottish Government which will prevent any further strike action on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes.

The RMT and TSSA unions have reached a deal with CalMac Ferries Ltd and the Scottish Government which will prevent any further strike action on Caledonian MacBrayne ferry routes.

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The resolution of an industrial dispute between Caledonian MacBrayne and two trade unions has been welcomed by a tourism umbrella group.

The Argyll and the Isles Tourism Co-operative said there had already been an impact on tourism in the area as a result of strike action at the end of June.

In a statement AITC said: “This has been a difficult time for the staff and ferry operator and has had an impact on tourism on the west coast of Scotland.

“AITC directors Paul Graham from Islay and David Currie from Mull said this was ‘good news’ both for the hundreds of island businesses previously affected and the many tourists planning to visit some of the 23 inhabited islands and peninsulas in the AITC region.

“The agreement will ensure there is no further interruption in the ferry services from industrial action for the communities who depend on them, and it will also give confidence to the many tourists currently making travel plans and with accommodation already booked.

“There has been an inevitable impact from the recent strike action at the busiest time of year for local businesses.”