MPs and MSPs should speak out on CalMac

The Oban Times - - Letters - Don­ald MacKen­zie, Kin­lochleven.

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.

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