14 March 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT warns of new Government rail sell-off to finance budget tax cuts for the rich.
RMT warns of new Government rail sell off to finance budget tax cuts for the rich
Rail union RMT warned today that Chancellor George Osborne is lining up a "smash and grab" raid on Britain's last remaining publicly-owned rail assets as he seeks to finance budget tax cuts for the wealthy this week.
The union says that publicly owned Network Rail assets from stations to power and other parts of the infrastructure are likely to be knocked out in a fire sale to private speculators in a phased return to the days of the lethal private Railtrack operation that was scrapped after the disasters at Hatfield and Potters Bar.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said.
"Word is that Britain's last remaining publicly-owned rail assets are set to go under the hammer. This is the Tories looking to knock down what's left of the family silver as Osborne scrambles to plug the gaping holes in his budget.
"Foreign speculators will be queuing up again to plunder Britain's railways for every last penny in the same way as they have mopped up train operations and run them into the ground. RMT will fight any attack on Network Rail and will continue to campaign for public ownership of our railways. "