8 July 2015
RMT Press Office
MP’S express dismay at actions of First Great Western and call on company to think again about staffing cuts.
In a motion tabled in parliament today Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens and other MPs have expressed “dismay” at the actions of First Great Western and called on company to “think again” about staffing cuts.
The motion expresses concern that despite increases in passenger numbers First Great Western (FGW) is planning to use the introduction of the new Super Express Trains to adversely impact on passenger service and safety by removing the buffet car, abolishing the operational role guard and also cut safety critical station and train maintenance staff. The MPs say that they are
“dismayed that passengers are being treated in this way when they are paying the most expensive fares in Europe, while FGW is making huge profits and First Group's chairman has seen his pay rise by 243 per cent in four years to almost £1.6 million a year.”
The MPs motion calls on First Great Western to “think again and reach a negotiated settlement with the unions”, noting that East Coast is introducing the same new feet of trains, without making such cuts.