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RMT union welcomes ferry transfer to state

MARITIME union RMT has welcomed the transfer of a contract to operate ferries to a state-owned company.

Argyll Ferries transfers to publicly owned CalMac today and RMT is urging the Scottish government to award other ferry contracts to the public sector.

The union said the Argyll decision would “end profiteering and uncertainty” on Scottish ferry services.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Transferring Argyll Ferries staff on to CalMac terms and conditions provides long-term stability and certainty for our members on the MV Ali Cat and MV Argyll Flyer.

“Direct awards of public ferry contracts to David MacBrayne, Scotland’s publicly owned ferry company, are to be encouraged and we hope that ministers follow this logic on the Northern Isles contract recently put out to tender.”

The Argyll contract was offered out for private tenders, but the process was halted and the contract given to the public sector.


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