David MacBrayne Ltd: ‘We would urge RMT to meet with us’

The parent company of CalMac Ferries Ltd, which serves the Isle of Bute, has urged the RMT union to participate in consultation talks over proposed pension reforms.
The parent company of CalMac Ferries Ltd, which serves the Isle of Bute, has urged the RMT union to participate in consultation talks over proposed pension reforms.

David MacBrayne Ltd, the parent company of CalMac Ferries Ltd which serves the Isle of Bute, has hit out at the RMT union for not participating in a consultation regarding proposed pension reforms.

Ballot papers were despatched on Thursday to the affected members following the union’s declaration last week of a ‘formal dispute’ with the ferry operator over what it says are threats to jobs, pensions and working conditions.

A spokesman for David MacBrayne said: “We are disappointed that the RMT have chosen not to participate in a consultation meeting today [Thursday, May 21] regarding our proposed pensions reforms. Virtually every employee in David MacBrayne Ltd and Caledonian Asset Management Ltd (CMAL) will be potentially affected. We would urge the RMT to meet with us to discuss the proposals affecting their members.

“We will be speaking to them again early next week to try to find a way in which we can work together in the best interests of all of our employees.”