28 March 2019
RMT Press Office
RMT calls for Arriva Rail UK assets to be taken into public ownership as Deutsche Bahn confirms plans for sell off
Rail union RMT has called for Arriva Rail's UK franchises and contracts to be taken into public ownership as the outfits parent company, Deutsche Bahn, confirmed last night that sell-off plans are underway and are expected to be confirmed in September.
Arriva hold franchises on Northern, Cross Country and Chiltern as well as the concession on London Overground and the Grand Central and GNWR open access operations. It also has a major train care division.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“It can't be right that thousands of jobs associated with train operations across pretty much the whole of the country are left hanging in the balance awaiting a boardroom decision in Berlin. That is a ludicrous way to run our railways.
"The only solution to this nonsense is to bring the UK's rail assets back into public ownership free from this kind of grubby speculation where our future is carved up behind closed doors in the interests of global finance capital and not the British rail passenger.”