RMT: Quit EU to save public CalMac ferries
TRANSPORT union RMT called for a Leave vote in the forthcoming EU referendum yesterday, to save Caledonian ferry services from privatisation.
RMT general secretary Mick Cash is due to formally announce the call today at a meeting at the Scottish TUC, which is beginning its annual congress.
Clyde and Hebrides Ferry services, which are currently operated in the public sector by Caledonian MacBrayne, are being put out to tender under EU regulations with Serco bidding to take over the service.
Mr Cash said: “If the Scottish government won’t stand up for Scotland then the people should stand up to the EU and vote to leave what is now no more than a corporate cabal run for the benefit of corporations like Serco.
“These companies are intent on fleecing Scotland’s ferries regardless of the consequences for the communities who rely on them.
“People should be in on doubt that if Scottish ferries end up being privatised the Scottish government will have pulled the trigger and the EU will have provided the gun.”
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