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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-00354
Asked by: Katy Clark, West Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 2 June 2021


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide guarantees that any new vessels chartered to work on publicly subsidised routes, set out in the Clyde and Hebrides ferry services contract, will be covered by the existing collective bargaining agreements with trade unions that are recognised by CalMac Ferries.

Current status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 16 June 2021


Collective bargaining agreements are a matter for the relevant employer and employees. The employer in each case would depend on the type of charter entered into. If a vessel is chartered on a ‘bare boat’ basis and crewed by CalMac staff then existing contract arrangement regarding collective bargaining arrangements would apply. If a time charter on a temporary basis is progressed, for example the MV Pentalina, then the employer of the crew would not be CalMac and different arrangements would apply.