CalMac bans all zero-hours

The Oban Times - - News -

AS THE ferry ten­der­ing process for the Clyde and He­bridean Ferry Ser­vices (CHFS) con­tin­ues, CalMac has agreed a ban on zero-hour con­tracts.

The op­er­a­tor an­nounced the pol­icy on Au­gust 7, af­ter agree­ing a deal with the rail and trans­port union, TSSA.

Union gen­eral sec­re­tary,, Manuel Cortes, said: ‘This sends out a clear mes­sage that CalMac is a pro­gres­sive em­ployer who wants to en­gage with a com­mit­ted work­force who will not have to ever worry about the scourge of the mod­ern labour mar­ket, the in­se­cu­rity of the zero-hour con­tract.’

Leanne Tay­lor, a part­ner of CalMac’s par­ent com­pany, the David MacBrayne group, added: ‘Over the last cou­ple of years, a rise in the use of zero-hours con­tracts have seen them be­come a fo­cus of much at­ten­tion in Scot­land and across the UK. Work­ers on zero hours con­tracts have no guar­an­teed hours and, as a re­sult, have very lit­tle job se­cu­rity.

‘ We felt that it was im­por­tant for the David MacBrayne group, in con­junc­tion with the TSSA union, to clar­ify that our or­gan­i­sa­tion does not cur­rently em­ploy any­one on a zero hours con­tract.

‘We also want to con­firm that we have no in­ten­tion of do­ing so in the fu­ture.’

CalMac will go head-to-head with ri­val op­er­a­tor, Serco, over the six-year, £1bil­lion con­tract, with a de­ci­sion to be made in May next year.

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