9 December 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT warns of cuts to jobs and safety and profiteering on a massive scale as Government confirms that German state will take over Northern Rail and First Group retain Trans Pennine.
General Secretary Mick Cash said
"This widely-trailed announcement is no surprise but will still come as a bitter blow to rail users and rail staff across the North.
"Rather than all the garbage about the Northern Powerhouse this mornings announcement opens the door to years of cuts to staff and safety and to profiteering on an epic scale.
"RMT has waged a public fight against this carve up, engaging the public and local politicians, and that fight goes on. The battle for a publicly owned, people's railway will continue regardless of today's profit-driven fit up. "