CalMac’s liv­ing wage vow

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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