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S5W-04376: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 1 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that all seafarers who work on freight vessels that it time charters for Northern Isles ferry services from May 2018 are employed by companies that have Living Wage Employer accreditation.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 16 November 2016

The Scottish Ministers are currently considering all available options to promote fair work practices, including payment of the National Minimum Wage and, where possible, the Scottish Living Wage in their contracts. Under the current devolution settlement, responsibility for matters relating to employment rights and duties, including the National Minimum Wage, are reserved to the UK Government. The Minister has written to the UK Government to urge them to take action on the National Minimum Wage in respect of seafarers rates of pay.