Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner. Facebook Messenger An icon of the facebook messenger app logo. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Facebook Messenger An icon of the Twitter app logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. WhatsApp Messenger An icon of the Whatsapp messenger app logo. Email An icon of an mail envelope. Copy link A decentered black square over a white square.
Post Thumbnail

Union vote could leave Scotland’s seas “open to illegal fishing”

Members of Unite the union at Scottish Government agency Marine Scotland have voted unanimously in favour of industrial action in a long-running dispute over fair pay.

The union warned the vote could results in marine protection vessels and research ships being tied up in port, leaving Scotland’s seas “wide open to illegal fishing.”

The dispute centres on demands that Marine Scotland seafarers be put on an equal pay footing with employees of ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne, which is also wholly-owned by Scottish Ministers.

Last night Marine Scotland said it was committed to a pay policy that was “fair for all” and urged Unite to continue to “engage constructively” in discussions.

 

The union’s regional officer Alexander Smart said it was “completely unfair” that its members at Marine Scotland were paid less than other seafarers in the public sector.

He added:  “They want fair pay now. If they don’t get it, then industrial action is a real possibility.

“That would leave Scotland’s seas unprotected, with no checks on fishing vessels to make sure they are respecting quotas and net sizes.”

In December the Scottish Parliament passed an amendment put forward by Scottish Labour, stating that Marine Scotland staff should receive a fair pay settlement that recognises their experience and skills.

A spokesman for Marine Scotland said:  “We are committed to a pay policy that is fair for all. Temporary and supplementary payments are reviewed on a regular basis to ensure staff recruitment and retention, while delivering value for money for Scotland’s taxpayers.

“Annual pay discussions between the Scottish Government and the trade unions have recently started and the parties have agreed to carry out a comparison exercise against other seafarer employers terms and conditions as part of those discussions.

He added:  “In addition, Marine Scotland management agreed last month to continue payment of the current pay supplement until October in order to continue to assess recruitment and retention issues in the sector and to allow the trade unions time to submit their own evidence for the longer term retention of the pay supplement payment.

“We would therefore encourage Unite to continue to engage constructively in these discussions.”