VANCOUVER, Nov. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - BC Ferry & Marine Workers' Union is
questioning the information provided by the Provincial Government in
its B.C. Consultation and Engagement process for changes to the Coastal
Ferry Services Contract. "We have concerns about the data that the
Government is using to determine potential service cuts," BCFMWU
President, Chris Abbott said in Nanaimo today.
"Quite simply the data has to be accurate. Economies of coastal
communities depend on verifiable and complete information for them to
be able to provide input on this vital service. Everyone has been
impacted by rising costs associated with ever- escalating ferry fares
and the service cuts that have already been implemented by the ferry
operator. It would be irresponsible for the Government to cut service
based on the information provided so far."
"When the Government spends over half a million on a consulting process,
reliant on the data as presented, which is being questioned by other organizations besides us, it calls into question the efficacy of the whole process."
Mr. Abbott is also concerned that his Union doesn't see the government
looking at other ways to reduce costs other than through service cuts.
This is a concern to his members not just because of the obvious
implications for their employment but also for their island
"From what we are hearing from our members who have attended the
consultation meetings, it would appear that the Government is gearing
up to make an announcement about one of two things: either a drastic
cut in service or a major subsidy increase," said Abbott.
MV Howe Sound Queen, in service on Route 6 (Vesuvius to Crofton).
The 'official' vehicle capacity of the Howe Sound Queen is given in the
government's data as 70 Automobile Equivalent Units in the Coastal
Ferry Service Contract. However, the current HSQ Vessel Specific Manual
identifies the capacity as 55 AEQ.
For more examples click on the links below:
House Sound Queen Capacity
Spirit Comparison to Coastal Celebration
SOURCE: BC Ferry and Marine Workers' Union
For further information:
BCFMWU Provincial President