MPs and MSPs should speak out on CalMac
Sir, I can’t help wondering where our MPs/ MSPs have disappeared to regarding the on-going CalMac saga.
Despite the service provided to all communities currently served by CalMac and employees’ futures being uncertain, we do not hear any locally elected members of parliament fighting the corner of those affected.
It seems our government has decided that off-loading to Serco is the direction we are heading.
While there are assurances as to no compulsory redundancies for current CalMac staff, the same assurances have not been given on the services currently provided, some of which will be undoubtedly be cut in the future if we go down the privatisation route as they are non-profit-making.
While profit is the ultimate aim of any business, it should be noted that the communities served rely heavily on the regularity of services whether bringing goods to and from the island, travelling for work and family occasions and hospital appointments.
I wish our elected MPs/ MSPs would come out backing the service currently provided by the excellent staff at CalMac and realise life is not all about profit, but about serving the less populated communities along the west coast with a life-link to the mainland.