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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-03822
Asked by: Richard Leonard, Central Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 19 October 2021 Registered interest

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that (a) Transport Scotland and (b) Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (CMAL) fully consult with recognised trade unions on public ferry services on future contracts tendered as part of the vessel replacement programme outlined in its Infrastructure Investment Plan to 2025-26.

Current status: Answered by Graeme Dey on 15 November 2021


Answer

Transport Scotland and CMAL fully understand the importance and significance of engaging with the relevant trade unions on ferry services and future vessel contracts. In relation to the Islay vessels project regular meetings were held with unions by Transport Scotland, CMAL and CalMac, from the outset of the project in January 2019. Similarly, these bodies have provided unions with progress updates on the development on the new Islay vessels, listening and taking action on their views when appropriate. A similar approach will be taken with all future projects.