No public sector option for West Coast Partnership franchise

No public sector option for West Coast Partnership franchise

22 June 2017

RMT Press Office:

RMT hits out as public sector option excluded from West Coast Partnership and South Eastern rail franchises.

Rail union RMT hit back at the Government as it was confirmed this morning that the cheaper, more efficient public sector option has been excluded from the new West Coast/HS2 and South Eastern franchises.

Instead, the union says that the usual gang of chancers, rip-off merchants and overseas opportunists have been lined up for yet another invitation to jam their snouts in the trough at the British passengers expense.

General Secretary Mick Cash said;

"This rotten minority government have learnt nothing. Not only did the British people reject austerity at the last election but they also rejected it's twin pillar - privatisation. It is a scandal that the cheaper, more efficient public sector option has been excluded from the bidding process for these two major rail franchises.

"This morning the same old gang of chancers, rip-off merchants and overseas opportunists have been lined up for another invitation to‎ jam their snouts in the trough at the British passengers expense.

"After over two decades of rail privatisation the Government are still locked into this cycle of exploitation and failure. It is a disgrace and RMT will continue to fight for the direct public control and ownership of our railways."

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