CalMac bans all zero-hours
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.