““I continue to have serious concerns about handing the contract for this lifeline service to a multinational outsourcing company with a dismal industrial relations record.”
The contract for the Northern Isles Ferry Services was awarded to Serco Limited on 22 April 2020.
“the new contract will also include the flexibility to allow timetabled freight and ferry services to be amended to better reflect changes in future demand.”
The awarding of the Northern Isles Ferry contract has been delayed again due to a legal challenge by CalMac Ferries Ltd.
“It’s important to stress that will have no impact on the Scottish Government’s commitments around reduced cabin fares and the three year freeze on islander fares.”
“Serco’s industrial relations record is abysmal”
“I’m astonished that the Scottish Government has decided to maintain its relationship with such a disreputable company”
from January islanders will be able to enjoy a 20% year round discount on cabin fares on Aberdeen-Kirkwall-Lerwick routes, and benefit from a three year fares freeze for passengers, non-commercial vehicles and cabins on those routes.
The 8 year contract is estimated to be worth around £370m.
“Making sure our ferry services support our island and remote rural communities remains at the heart of this exercise. “