5 February 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT calls for immediate renationalisation of East Coast mainline as Government admit Virgin/Stagecoach in breach of financial covenants.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"This shameful fiasco on one of Britain's main rail routes needs to end and it needs to end now. RMT warned that taking the East Coast lines out of the hands of the successful public sector operation and handing them back to the private speculators and spivs was a disaster in the making and we have been proved right.
"East Coast should be renationalised with immediate effect and the scale of the scandal unveiled today should mark the point at which the whole rotten business of rail privatisation in Britain was called to a halt.
"RMT is demanding immediate assurances that the thousands of rail workers caught in the crossfire of this chaos will have their jobs and working conditions fully protected and underwritten.
"Chris Grayling and the Tory Government have turned transport in Britain, the nation that gave the railways to the world, into a global laughing stock. He is a specialist in failure of the highest order and should resign."