So our esteemed Ferry Corporation has decided to pick on seniors by charging them half-discount instead of full discount that we have enjoyed for many years.
We are not talking about a great deal of money: five or six dollars depending if you use an Experience card or not. Some of us can swing that, but I know seniors living on the Coast who will find this a hardship.
How about slashing the salaries and bonuses of those fat-cat managers in the Ferry Corporation, by, say 30 to 40 per cent?
Next they will want to charge us the full cost, and then they will continue to increase our fares in future years.
The Ferry Corporation is a top-down, dysfunctional, unsustainable, organization. They continue to use this corporate model, whereby a break-even budget must be attained. It simply is not sustainable. They can go on raising fares to meet costs, and fewer and fewer people will ride the ferry, and the Ferry Corporation will raise fares again, and so on.
Gordon Wilson a few months ago proposed that the Corporation should handed back to the Ministry of Transportation, and then subsidized as it should be, just like highways are.
I think it is time seniors living on the Coast become militant over this issue. We could begin by staging mass rally at the Langdale terminal. Further, a bigger mass rally should be organized either at the Ferry Corporationís head offices, or the legislature in Victoria.
So letís step up and let them know we are very unhappy about this financial burden the Ferry Corporation has dumped on us. ††