Anger as seafarers lose payments
HIGHLANDS and Islands Labour MSP Rhoda Grant has hit out after seagoing staff of Marine Scotland lost £ 3,000 of a £ 5,000 retention payment because their management abandoned a two-year deal approved by a Scottish Government Reward and HR policy panel in 2015.
Workers at Marine Scotland, a civil service directorate within the Scottish Government, could have been paid the full £ 5,000 until October 2017, Mrs Grant said, were it not for its decision to cut the payment from May last year.
The former Scottish Fisheries Protection fleet argued more people were looking for jobs in the marine industry and that continued payment of the supplement was no longer required to recruit and retain staff.
Ms Grant is campaigning to ensure seafarers receive the going rate for the job. She said: ‘It appears management could have looked elsewhere for possible savings because it had permission to keep paying this extra money until at least next year. It is now apparent staff are shouldering the cuts, causing hardship for those who work long hours at sea, when management should be rewarding them and seeking to retain their skills during difficult times.’
A government spokesperson said: ‘We are committed to a distinctive pay policy that is fair for all.’