Save Our Ferries – from Saltcoats with Love

by Richie Venton The chill wind added to the Baltic state of Saltcoats today. Our bones ached, my jaw nearly froze while explaining the SSP case for keeping the Ardrossan ferry to Arran, but not just leaving it at that. We aren’t satisfied with the status quo, where private profiteering Peel Ports fail to invest, […]

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Scottish Socialists demand our Ferries kept in public hands

State-owned Caledonian MacBrayne and private company Serco have submitted their final bids for the new £1bn contract to run Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services. Suzanne Wright, SSP Highlands member and Highlands & Islands RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance candidate said: “Todays news that bids have been submitted by state-owned Calmac and privately-owned Serco for the tender […]

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The case for free public transport

The Scottish Socialist Party is a proud advocate of a world-class, fare-free public transport system for Scotland. Transport has undergone enormous changes in recent decades, both in Scotland and across the world. Some have been cyclical: in Scotland’s capital, trams were built, dismantled, and then reintroduced. In other areas, we have seen consistent trends like […]

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CalMac Ferries: Trade Unions “Sold Down The River”?

by Richie Venton Caledonian Macbrayne (CalMac) ferry workers – members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers’ union (RMT) – are taking industrial action in defence of their pensions, jobs, conditions of work – and against privatisation by the Scottish government, who seem set to hand the publicly-owned CalMac ferries over to the private, profiteering […]

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