Unions reject Calmac pay proposals

Discussions between unions representing some of Calmac’s onshore staff and company officials took place today (Tuesday) regarding possible changes to workers terms and conditions.

At the meeting Calmac put forward proposals which were rejected by the unions. The planned changes affect up to 40 members of staff in the Western Isles and could mean the removal of weekend working premiums as well as cuts to shift allowances, night working payments and annual holiday bonuses.

A CalMac spokesman said: “Meaningful talks were held today between management and unions. The company have put forward a number of proposals which the unions have confirmed today are unacceptable to them. The unions have agreed to consult with their members and come back with specific counter proposals by May 8, which the company has agreed to consider as part of ongoing negotiations. Both parties will meet again in due course to progress discussions.”