Anger as sea­far­ers lose pay­ments

The Oban Times - - News -

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.’

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