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Publication Date: January 17 2007
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said today: "Rail workers and the travelling public have had considerable experience of the devastating failures of rail privatisation and these proposals will make matters even worse in the
The Jarzembowski report being presented in Brussels proposes the 'liberalisation' of rail passenger transport in the form of 'open access' for international transport from 2010 and national rail passenger transport from 2017 (2022 for the new member states).
"These proposals also entrench the disastrous separation of rail infrastructure from rail operations and perpetuate the system where private train operators will seek to maximise profits on the backs of direct public subsidy or the indirect subsidies that states provide for railway infrastructure," said Bob Crow.
He also warned that rail passenger 'liberalisation' would force smaller and poorer member states simply to sell off national assets to virtual monopolies based in the larger states.
"Before Brussels decides how member states should run their railways why not ask what rail workers and the travelling public think of these plans which only benefit corporate interests?" Bob Crow said.
Notes to editors: RMT letter to
TO: ALL UK MEMBERS OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
16th January 2007
Liberalisation of Rail Passenger Transport: Please vote against the further privatisation of rail passenger services on 18th January.
As you will be aware on 18th January 2007 you will be voting on the 3rd Railway package, a key element of which will be the "liberalisation" or further privatisation of rail passenger services.
I am writing to advise you that the RMT fully supports the views of the European Transport Workers Federation on this matter. As you would expect we also have our own concerns as the
As you will be aware the Jarzembowski report proposes liberalisation of rail passenger transport in form of "open access" for
The RMT strongly opposes rail passenger liberalisation for the following reasons:
We also find it quite astonishing that in many ways these proposals replicate the disastrous policy of the
It is also the case that the proposals to introduce national liberalisation for nation states from 2017 are in contradiction to the current policy trend on the
The UK Government has been able to assume a degree of greater control over
As such the proposals as they would stand could wreak further confusion and fragmentation on the
We do hope you agree with the views of the overwhelming majority of the British public that we can achieve best value for the tax payer and fare payer if we argue for railways that are integrated, publicly owned and publicly accountable. We hope you agree that the British public would find it difficult to understand proposals to introduce further fragmentation and privatisation of our railways.
As such we would strongly urge you to reject the directive on liberalisation of rail passenger transport by voting in favour of amendment no 35.
In addition we would ask that you vote against amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 28, 30
Thank you for taking the time to read this correspondence and I hope we can rely on your support.