14 March 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT hails victory in battle for public ownership as Tyne and Wear Metro set to be brought back in house.
Transport union RMT today hailed a massive victory in the battle for public ownership as Nexus confirmed this morning that Deutsche Bahn will have their contract for the Tyne and Wear Metro ripped up with the service being taken into direct public control from April next year.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"Today's announcement on the Tyne and Wear Metro is a massive boost in the battle for public ownership and comes after years of hard work and pressure from RMT members and officials across the North East. This is their victory.
"RMT will now press for the initial two year transition to be turned into a permanent arrangement for this essential public service.
"Today's announcement proves that the combination of a strong union and a relentless public campaign is unstoppable. "