Fri 20 Sep, 2019

Scottish Greens Transport Spokesperson John Finnie MSP has slammed the Scottish Government for maintaining its association with Serco, after ministers appointed the disreputable company as the preferred bidder for the Northern Isles Ferry Services.  

Highlands and Islands John Finnie MSP said: 

“I’m astonished that the Scottish Government has decided to maintain its relationship with such a disreputable company by selecting them as the preferred bidder for the lifeline northern isles ferry services. 

“My constituents in Orkney and Shetland deserve a ferry service that is run exclusively in the interest of island communities, but instead the Scottish Government’s proposal will see a service run exclusively in the interest of private shareholders. 

“In light of previous industrial disputes on these services, and Serco’s current dispute with the RMT on the Caledonian Sleeper, the only conclusion I can draw is that Ministers are unconcerned about the workers who deliver these services. 

“The Scottish Greens will continue to stand in solidarity with the workers and their trade unions in calling for these services to be run by a public sector operator, in the public interest.”

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