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Govt caught red handed bunging Southern £22m

12 January 2018

RMT Press Office:

Government caught red handed bunging Southern Rail £22 million of taxpayers money to keep rail safety dispute running.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

 

"The Government has at last been forced to admit  that they have bunged the basket-case Southern Rail over £20 million of taxpayers money to keep the dispute over safety running for nearly two years.

 

 "This extreme case of corporate welfare has taken place because the ludicrous and rigged GTR contract, condemned by the National Audit Office this week, means the tax payer and not the company carry the revenue risk.

 

"It is no surprise that Southern Rail have made no effort to negotiate a solution to the guards' safety dispute when ‎Chris Grayling is paying them out of the public purse to keep it running. It's an absolute disgrace. The company get paid whether they run trains or not.

 

"This is a grotesque exercise that combines huge sums in corporate welfare with a Government policy objective of throwing the guards off our trains. It stinks and shows just why Chris Grayling has no interest in meeting with the union to broker a solution."

 

Ends

The figures come from Parliamentary answers issued by the Government
 
 
(Brighton, Kemptown)
[N]
Asked on: 19 December 2017
Department for Transport
Govia Thameslink Railway: Industrial Disputes
120285
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State’s letter to the Chair of the Transport Committee of 17 November 2016, what the loss to date is of farebox revenues arising from official industrial action on GTR.
A
Answered by: Paul Maynard
Answered on: 08 January 2018
Govia Thameslink Trains Limited has advised that the loss to date of farebox revenues arising from official industrial action on GTR services is £22.2m
 
Note;
 
Under the terms of the contract the taxpayer foots the bill ‎whether the company runs trains or not. 
 
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