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Ferries

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 6th November 2019.

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Photo of Paul Wheelhouse Paul Wheelhouse Scottish National Party

I point out to the member that we have tried very hard, with the operator and the owner of the vessel, to change that. We even offered, on a bespoke basis, to pay the living wage. Unfortunately, that was not possible, or rather it was deemed not to be possible by the operator. We have the additional difficulty that, without the devolution of employment law to Scotland, we cannot legislate to make that a requirement. I will, however, certainly keep the member posted on that.