28 April 2015
RMT Press Office
Rail union RMT said today that the news that Network Rail senior managers have spent over a million pounds on business class international flights, with one flight alone costing over £4,000, will fuel anger as staff begin voting for strike action over pay and the threat to job security.
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The news of this culture of the NR top brass jetting around in the lap of luxury comes on the very day that RMT begins balloting 16,000 Network Rail staff for strike action over the threat to their job security and their standard of living. The argument that there is no spare cash is clearly wholly bogus.”
“Rail staff out there in all weathers, round the clock, battling to keep Britain moving will be disgusted to see the sums spent on luxury flights by their bosses at a time when they are fighting for a fair pay rise. Our members on the tracks are routinely sprayed with raw sewage from passing trains in a world light years away from the creature comforts of Business Class.
“There is a lot of anger in the workplace and this news will fuel that mood as papers drop on the doormat this week in the vote for action.”