Highlands & Islands

Talks fail on Caledonian MacBrayne shore staff's pay

A ferry operator says talks with union representatives on plans to change allowances and bonuses for shore staff failed to reach an agreement.

About 70 Caledonian MacBrayne staff working in booking offices and ports could see their pay reduced.

CalMac met with the Transport and Salaried Staffs Association union earlier in the latest in a series of talks on the matter.

The union has accused CalMac of treating staff with contempt.

Further talks are expected to take place next month.

Manuel Cortes, leader of the TSSA union, said it and its members were fighting a proposed 25% wage cut.

He said a strike ballot could be held if an agreement was not reached.

The Scottish government has urged CalMac and the union to resolve the matter.

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