Serco bid chief: ‘We don’t pick fights with unions’

The Serco Caledonian Ferries bid team pictured at their second Rothesay drop-in event.
The Serco Caledonian Ferries bid team pictured at their second Rothesay drop-in event.

The man in charge of Serco’s bid to run ferry services in the Clyde and Hebrides has insisted that good industrial relations are key to the private sector firm’s success.

Jonathan Riley and his colleagues from Serco Caledonian Ferries visited Rothesay on the day that the RMT union announced details of industrial action on the Caledonian Sleeper train services between Scotland and London, which have been run by Serco since May.

“It’s not for me to comment on the Caledonian Sleeper dispute,” Mr Riley said, “but across what we do we’ve got a good industrial relations track record.

“We don’t pick fights with the unions. We have good relations with the RMT on our Northlink ferries, and once we’ve won [the contract] we will go on and do business with the RMT and other unions.

“On the Caledonian Sleeper the RMT just wants to have a dispute with us.”