CalMac welcomes backing for pay offer

CalMac ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay
CalMac ferry from Wemyss Bay to Rothesay

Ferry operator CalMac has welcomed the decision by unions to recommended to their members acceptance of a new negotiated pay offer.

Following the conclusion of talks, the RMT, Nautilus, Unite and the TSSA have all agreed to accept the new offer.

Martin Dorchester, CalMac’s managing director, said:‘Everyone who relies on the lifeline services we provide up and down the west coast will be relieved that common sense has prevailed and that any potential damaging disruption has been avoided.

‘As a company we are just about to embark on a new journey over the next eight years with the start of the next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Service contract. We all needed to start this journey working together if we were to continue to deliver reliable services while introducing the innovative service improvements that everyone wants to see.

‘‘I’m pleased after reaching mutual agreement we will now be able to do that.’