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Industrial action at CalMac

4 August 2015

Following constructive talks between TSSA, the company and the Scottish Government, the TSSA trade dispute with CalMac has been resolved. TSSA and RMT take the view that without the recent vote for industrial action by members of both unions, your jobs, pension and wages would have come under sustained attack.

Below is the wording agreed with our sister union RMT regarding the outcome from the recent dispute with the company. TSSA hopes this will put clarity on the issue, despite recent comments from another sister union, on their view of the outcome.

TSSA and RMT take the view that without the recent vote for industrial action by members of both unions, your jobs, pension and wages would have come under sustained attack.

Following constructive talks between TSSA, the company and the Scottish Government, the TSSA trade dispute with CalMac has been resolved.

On the points of the dispute, the union(s) negotiating team(s) from TSSA and RMT successfully extracted the following commitments from CalMac and the Transport Minister, Derek Mackay MSP.

CalMac agreed to include a commitment to no compulsory redundancies in their bid for the 2016-24 CHFS contract and to insert a statement into the Collective Bargaining Agreement, covering your contract of employment, that there will be no compulsory redundancies and no changes to staffing or manning levels without agreement being reached with your Union and other CalMac unions.

The Scottish Government has also confirmed in writing to the union their “...intention to obtain a no compulsory redundancy guarantee from the [CHFS] bidders during the tendering process.”

CalMac’s amendment to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will also include a commitment that no changes to terms and conditions of employment, including pay, will be made without full consultation and agreement being reached with recognised trade unions.  If no agreement can be reached, all parties to the CBA are committed to seek non-binding arbitration. Under TUPE legislation, the CalMac CBA will carry over to the new employer in the event of another operator being awarded the contract.

In addition, the Scottish Government has agreed to include in the Invitation to Tender (ITT) a subsidy clawback which would reduce public subsidy to the operator in line with any savings made from redundancies or other changes in staffing costs over the life of the next contract. This means that the operator can no longer profit from cutting YOUR jobs, hours, or terms and conditions.

On pensions, the Scottish Government will also include in the ITT an unconditional contractual requirement for the winning bidder for the CHFS 2016-24 contract to become a participating employer in the CalMac Pension Fund. The ITT will be published on 31st July.

Members should also be aware that the results of the standard, three yearly actuarial valuation of the CalMac Pension Fund are due. The results of the last valuation of the scheme, dated March 2012 indicated a deficit of £32m. Both the Scottish Government and CalMac believe that the deficit has increased since then. We expect to receive the updated valuation from the actuaries in August and we will discuss the implications of their findings with our sister unions and the employer, in line with standard practice. You will be kept fully informed and consulted about your union’s discussions of CalMac Pension Fund valuation.


TSSA and their sister unions will also continue with a forceful political campaign to keep Clyde and Hebrides ferry services in the public sector under CalMac and for the Scottish Government to reject the bid from Serco who would bleed lifeline CHFS routes, workers and passengers for profit.

The collective response from CalMac members, reps and union negotiators in defending jobs, pensions and terms and conditions of employment from attack has been a credit to the union(s) involved in this dispute. I urge you to continue your magnificent support for the union(s) campaign to stop privatisation of CalMac ferries and to participate in the public events and political campaigns that will take place over the coming months to make the case against Serco running these lifeline public ferry services.

TSSA will keep you updated with all further developments, particularly on the CalMac Pension Fund, the Gourock-Dunoon tender (Argyll Ferries) and the anti-privatisation campaign on Scottish ferries.


 

 

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