B.C. Ferries employees shouldn’t sail for free

B.C. Ferries has done everything it can to cut back on expenses. So far, every saving measure has impacted only their customers.

To the Editor,

Re: Ferries need watchful board, Editorial, Nov. 26.

It seems that B.C. Ferries has done everything it can to cut back on expenses and try to become profitable or at least reduce the financial bleeding – everything, that is, except making even the smallest effort to trim staff, bloated salaries and perks. So far, every saving measure has impacted only their customers.

While I don’t think it particularly unfair that seniors should lose their free rides and now have to settle for a substantially discounted fare, I have to wonder why B.C. Ferries employees retain their freedom to travel without payment. Seniors are considered fortunate to get any kind of break on the ever-increasing cost of riding a ferry while the comparatively affluent ferries employees do not have their benefit changed in the same way.

Should Ferries employees have free rides curtailed to the same conditions as seniors, not only would justice be done, but the ferry corporation could see a substantial financial return.

Garry BradfordNanaimo