VANCOUVER, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Today's announcement of the proposed
service cuts to BC Ferry Services by the provincial government is an
indictment of this government's failure and a defacto admission of the
Provinces inability or desire to address the issues in any meaningful
fashion. This latest offering from the Minister of Transportation once
again demonstrates the failure of the Coastal Ferry Act model.
BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union President, Chris Abbott calls the
announcement "another Band-Aid solution for a terminally ill business
model under the Coastal Ferry Act."
The purported cost savings seem insignificant when compared to the $200
million that the Minister is planning to spend on yet another Horseshoe
Bay terminal upgrade. Which raises the questions; what is the plan for
Horseshoe Bay and where will the $200 million come from?
"The Government clearly needs to get to the core of the problem with
respect to the governance and oversight of BC Ferries." says Abbott
In the governments' last round of consultations seventy one (71) percent
of respondents want to bring BC Ferries back under the Ministry of
Transportation and the Province of BC and fund it appropriately.
"Coastal communities are drowning in a sea of ideology." said Abbott.
"Burdened with the myth that BC Ferries can operate as a for profit
business Company under the Coastal Ferry Act. It continues to have a
negative impact on the economic and social well-being on the over 20%
of British Columbians who rely daily on BC Ferries as an extension of
the provincial highways system. "BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union will
continue to speak out on behalf of our members, friends, families and
communities until the ferry system is fixed properly." added
President, Chris Abbott, BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union.
Image with caption: "BC Ferry and Marine Workers' Union Logo (CNW Group/BC Ferry and Marine Workers' Union)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20131118_C8648_PHOTO_EN_33529.jpg
SOURCE: BC Ferry and Marine Workers' Union
For further information:
Contact: Chris Abbott BCFMWU Provincial President - 250-716-3454 or firstname.lastname@example.org