A pay deal has been reached which means that industrial action at the Port of Lerwick has been called off.
The deal is worth between 34 and 38% for workers at the Port. It will enhance the hourly wage for semi-skilled workers from £10.41 to £14 per hour, and for skilled workers from £11.62 to £16 per hour. The pay deal will increase the pension contributions for Unite members by the employer.
A new 12-month working rota has also been agreed which aims to cut working hours and to support the work-life balance of Unite members with a reduction in hours worked.
Commenting on the success of the negotiations between the Lerwick Port Authority and the trade union Unite, the union’s general secretary Sharon Graham said:
“This fantastic deal will ensure that key workers at Lerwick Port will get a pay increase worth up to 38 per cent. It will help to bring the workers into line with industry standards.
“This success has only come through the brave stance our members have taken, and their efforts have been rewarded with a deal which delivers better jobs, pay and conditions across the board.”