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TSSA recommends CalMac members accept improved pay deal

6 October 2016

TSSA today wrote to its members in CalMac to recommend acceptance of the new pay deal. “This deal represents a significant improvement on the previous offer, thanks to the intervention of the unions." said Doug Blundell, TSSA Organiser

 TSSA today wrote to its members in CalMac to recommend acceptance of the new pay deal.

“This deal represents a significant improvement on the previous offer, thanks to the intervention of the unions.” explained Doug Blundell, TSSA Organiser. “Instead of offering 1.8% a year for two years and a total withdrawal of the profit-related bonus, management are now offering members a 2% pay rise in a single year deal. The unions said from the start that for the first pay deal in the new franchise CalMac should be looking at a single year pay deal to give everyone time to get to grips with the new funding arrangements. It looks like management have decided we’re right.”

The new pay deal also includes provision for CalMac’s profit related bonus to staff which is paid in the November salary – a reversal of their original position which was to wipe it out altogether.

“2016’s bonus is covered under the last pay deal so it’s not affected.” said Doug Blundell. “Next year the company will pay a bonus of 1.5% of salary, so long as the company makes £1million more than operating costs. The company is confident that they can do that and on that basis the TSSA is recommending to its members that they vote to accept the offer.”

In the previous Clyde & Hebrides Ferries Service (CHFS) contract CalMac made a profit in every year of the 8 year contract and returned £8.42milllion to the Scottish Government. CalMac were the successful bidders for the new CHFS contract earlier this year following 12 months of campaigning by the company's unions. 

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