CalMac’s living wage vow
CALMAC has become the first ferry operator in the UK and the first major transport company in Scotland to achieve ‘Living Wage’ accreditation.
The accreditation has been earned by David MacBrayne Limited – CalMac’s parent company - and applies to the company’s 1450-strong staff, many of whom live and work in the West Highlands. It also ensures Argyll Ferries’ employees are covered by the pledge.
The award has been warmly welcomed by Annabelle Ewing MSP, minister for youth and women’s employment.
The accreditation is made by the Poverty Alliance on behalf of the Living Wage Foundation. All employers will be expected to comply with National Living Wage (NLW) legislation by 2020, as announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in the recent Westminster budget.
Annabelle Ewing said: ‘CalMac Ferries Limited plays a vital role in island life, operating a lifeline ferry service for the communities of the Clyde and Hebrides.
‘Staff are at the heart of this organisation, so I’m pleased to see CalMac recognise this by becoming a Living Wage employer.
‘The Scottish government recognises the real difference the Living Wage can make to working people.’
‘It is absolutely right and proper that CalMac’s employees should earn a Living Wage,’ said managing director, Martin Dorchester. ‘It is something we were already doing and gaining accreditation simply formalises our commitment to this.
‘A recent independent study by the Fraser of Allander Institute found that our staff earn 12 per cent more than the Scottish average.
‘This reflects not only the importance we place on ensuring our staff - who often live in areas where job opportunities can be limited and also low paid - are financially recognised fairly for their work.’