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RMT demand action to end pandemic pay betrayal for CalMac key workers

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RMT demand action to end pandemic pay betrayal for CalMac key workers

Mick Cash

SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT today wrote to the Minister for Islands, Energy and Connectivity, Paul Wheelhouse MSP demanding that he meet the union to correct a pay injustice for key workers at public sector ferry company CalMac.

RMT is in dispute with CalMac over a 0.5% pay offer for 2020-21.

This scandalous below inflation pay increase for CalMac workers’ dedication and commitment over the pandemic has again been highlighted this week by the Scottish Government’s 2% settlement for 2021-22 for other public sector workers in Scotland.

RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said;

“From the outset, CalMac were intent on forcing this derisory pay offer on our members and even rejected the offer of conciliation through ACAS.

“CalMac’s dedicated and hard working staff are public sector key workers who have put their health at risk operating lifeline services during the pandemic but are now being treated unfairly when compared to other public sector workers. That is nothing short of a betrayal.

“The sacrifices that other public sector workers and their families have made in the face of this cruel disease have been rightly recognised by the Scottish Government and as we approach parliamentary elections we are giving notice that we will be launching a fairness for ferry workers campaign to achieve pay justice.

“We’re calling on the Minister, Paul Wheelhouse to meet RMT to work with us to sort out this problem at CalMac.”

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