Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has commended CalMac for its fast action to highlight vacancies on their network to those who have lost their jobs due to the sudden redundancies made by P&O Ferries.

Last week P&O Ferries sacked 800 staff with immediate effect and replaced them with agency staff who will be paid at rates well below the minimum wage.

Mr MacNeil echoed comments from the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the practice of Fire and Rehire is an appalling practice and offends the basic principle of fair work.

Mr MacNeil said: “I am very pleased to hear that CalMac are highlighting vacancies to those affected by the action of P&O Ferries. CalMac tell me they have had a very positive response to their communications encouraging applications from former P&O crew.

“Some positions have already been offered to fill vacancies on the CalMac network and I am also glad to hear that they are participating along with other ferry operators and the Chamber of Shipping in a crew redeployment scheme which gives access to applications from ex-P&O crew as vacancies arise.

“Ultimately however, this is not the solution. The required solution is that P&O changes this terrible policy that throws people out of their jobs.”

More details of these vacancies, and how to apply, can be found at: