14 January 2021

Dear colleague


Your union has today demanded that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps immediately intervenes to protect your jobs and taxpayer’s money as Hitachi continues with its plans to sack 64 staff at its Bounds Green and Craigentinny depots.
RMT, which has also entered into dispute with the company, has revealed publicly that the Department for Transport has signed a commercial agreement with Hitachi dating back to 2012 in order for Hitachi to take on the rolling stock contract, which allows it to make staff redundancies while the British Government picks up the bill to cover these redundancies, which with 64 redundancies being proposed would cost approximately £6.4 million. Meanwhile, RMT research has shown that Hitachi Rail UK Ltd made a profit of over £278 million last year.

It is a disgrace that the Government is allowing a multi-national privatised rail company to fire rail workers at the height of the Covid-19 crisis whilst British taxpayers pick up the bill.
You, your colleagues and other rail workers have kept the country moving during this crisis ensuring vital food, medical and now Covid-19 vaccine supplies are delivered across Britain and it is a shocking indictment that our Government is siding with unscrupulous employers rather than our heroic key workers.
This is why I have called on the Transport Secretary to personally intervene in this scandal to ensure rail workers jobs are protected and that British taxpayers do not have to pay the multi-million pound bill.

I will of course keep you advised of any reaction which comes out of the government and of all other aspects on this matter as and when they arise. In the meantime, please be assured that your union is doing all in its power to save our members’ jobs at Hitachi.

Yours sincerely

Mick Cash
General Secretary