Marine Scotland seafarers

Rhoda's written question

9 March 2017

Rhoda Grant (Highlands and Islands) (Scottish Labour): To ask the Scottish Government, further to the comments by the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform in a letter dated 17 January 2017 regarding the recruitment and retention allowance paid to Marine Scotland seafarers and the wage differentials between them and seafarers from Caledonian MacBrayne Ltd in which the cabinet secretary said, “to draw conclusions we need comparative data across the industry, rather than comparing one shipping operation to another where their core functions are very different and indeed the roles of the seamen may vary considerably. I will therefore ask my officials to undertake some work on this and will contact you again once this has been concluded”, by what date the survey of comparative data will be concluded.

Roseanna Cunningham: My officials are currently working on compiling comparative data from organisations who employ seafarers in the course of operating small fleets. The recognised trade unions have also offered to provide comparative data that they hold which will be reviewed once it has been received. I will write to the member for Highlands and Islands with the results once they are available.