Urgent talks amid ‘low-cost ferry’ claims for Stena

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Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is seeking an urgent cross-party meeting between local MSPs, councillors and senior management at Stena amid fears that the recent axing of posts at the Cairnryan port could be the start of deeper job cuts.

Four posts will be lost immediately, including the port manager’s role which will be transferred to Belfast. And MP Russell Brown expressed concern that more jobs could go, and that the port will become nothing more than a subsidiary of Belfast Port.

The MP said: “There is now a real belief among unions that this change is a drive towards the company becoming the ferry equivalent of a low cost airline. I believe such a move could damage Stena’s reputation.

“Fewer jobs is also bad news for security as no machine can replace the eyes and ears of staff. We may not be able stop the current job losses, but we have to make Stena aware of the importance of the jobs at the ferry port to an economy as fragile as Wigtownshire and make clear that downgrading Cairnryan to little more than a small subsidiary of Belfast would be unacceptable.”