12 August 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT calls for Northern to be stripped of franchise as services are reduced to chaos again today
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"Yet again today services on Arriva Rail North have been reduced to chaos as this basket case franchise lurches from crisis to crisis. Northern have chosen to declare war on their passengers and staff alike and they couldn't care less about safety, access and reliability. They are a disgrace and should be kicked off the tracks
“It is outrageous for Northern Rail once again to try and lump the blame for the crew shortages that have led to widespread cancellations today on their workforce. It is a scam to try and cover up the fact that they simply don’t hire enough workers to fill their rosters and want to run services on the cheap to pump up their profits. That is exactly why they are trying to axe guards on nearly half a million trains a year.
“This nonsense about “staff making themselves unavailable” is a disgrace and our members are rightly angry at the suggestion that the service chaos on successive Sunday’s is somehow down to them and not the company which has repeatedly shown itself as unfit to run a railway.
"ARN should be stripped of the franchise and the Northern routes should be nationalised immediately.”