John Finnie MSP, Scottish Greens Transport and Islands Spokesperson, has today called on the Scottish Government to bring NorthLink Ferries into public ownership at the earliest opportunity.
In a parliamentary motion, the Highlands and Islands representative said that the vital services should be run in the interest of public service, rather than private profit.
Finnie’s intervention comes ahead of a Scottish Government statement on northern isles ferries this Thursday (24th).
John Finnie said:
“The good folk of Orkney and Shetland deserve more frequent, affordable and reliable ferries, run in the interest of public service, rather than solely for private profit. It was good to see the Scottish Government recently purchase the three northern isles ferries, this should be the first step in bringing the whole setup back into public ownership.
“The RMT has been campaigning on this issue for some time and I fully support their calls to nationalise the service. Ensuring properly staffed vessels which are subject to collective bargaining can only benefit northern isles communities.”