Letters: Cut costs at the top

Ferry rate hikes and cut to service will affect Sooke seniors

It is shocking that seniors would be targeted again to carry the obscene salaries and bonuses that crept to new heights in the last decades.

The ferry corporation has deteriorated under the current board with salaries and perks from taxpayer money exceeding all fairness to regular users.

Today’s seniors have been financing the B.C. ferry system our entire lives and few have ever received close to the bloated salaries, benefits and bonuses that government have allowed this group.

We were delighted to hear that the ministry was actually cutting back bonuses by holding back that amount from salaries.  How disappointing to hear that instead it amounts to yet another raise for the many executives and employee perks throughout the system.

Many seniors live on very scant pensions and $15 to $30 per trip may stop any travel.  Please cut costs further up the chain where it is affordable rather than penalize seniors who already struggle. Seniors value this perk as much as ferry employees do and our families are not included.

Well-off seniors will travel any time and many haul trailers and pay large fees for RV’s.

Shirley Lowe

Director South Island

B.C. Old Age Pensioners Org.

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