Scottish Green MSPs John Finnie and Ross Greer today welcomed the news that CalMac Ferries Limited is the preferred tenderer for the next contract to operate the Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services (CHFS) network.
The public sector operator was up against private outsourcing company Serco.
John Finnie, Scottish Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:
“This is the right decision by Scottish ministers. Lifeline public services such as west coast ferry routes must be kept in public hands. It’s welcome that by keeping Calmac public the workers’ pension scheme is protected, along with a policy of no compulsory redundancies. The employment Calmac provides is vital in rural and island communities.”
Ross Greer, Scottish Green MSP for West of Scotland, said:
“All credit to the RMT Union and local communities for keeping up the pressure on this campaign. Greens will keep a close eye on the new contract to ensure Calmac delivers on the commitment to invest in improvements for the travelling public and the workforce.”