The Western Isles Constituency Labour Party deplores the threatened cuts to the pay and allowances of 70 shore staff at CalMac which have been recently announced.
A spokesperson for the Western Isles Constituency Labour Party said: “The Western Isles Constituency Labour Party deplores the threatened cuts to the pay and allowances of 70 shore staff at Cal Mac which have been recently announced.
If implemented, this will mean both longer working hours and pay-cuts in the region of 25% to staff who are often employed in peripheral and economically disadvantaged areas throughout the west coast of Scotland. The vast majority of these are women; a number of which are the sole providers for families. This will clearly have a devastating effect on their household income.
“Given the fact that the firm’s annual accounts are posting £4.5 million profit, with £5.8 million being returned to the Scottish Government, the Western Isles Consistency Labour Party sees no need for these draconian measures.”
They are also calling on Angus MacNeil MP and Alasdair Allan MSP to intervene in the dispute and urge Calmac to withdraw their proposals.
Trades unions have vowed to fight the plan which would affect staff working for the company mainly in booking offices and ports. .
Transport and Salaried Staffs Association (TSSA) say CalMac have told them it is proposing to remove weekend working premiums as well as cut shift allowances, night working payments and annual holiday bonuses.