RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service

RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service

24 February 2023

RMT Press Office:

Rail union RMT urged the Scottish government to take the Caledonian Sleeper into public ownership, ahead of a decision due next week.

Private contractor Serco’s contract to run the service will be terminated in June.
The Transport Minister is making an announcement next Thursday on the Caledonian Sleeper where confirmation is expected on who will own and run the Sleeper going forward.
RMT has long campaigned for this piece of vital infrastructure to be in public ownership, for the good of rail workers and the travelling public. 
Earlier this year Serco Caledonian Sleeper published reported profits after tax of £7.5m. 
General Secretary of the RMT Mick Lynch said: “Serco has made millions off the back of running a service that should be run by the public and for the public. 
“We have pressured the Scottish government alongside politicians and others to do the right thing and take Caledonian Sleeper into public ownership. 
“It is what our members on the service want and would be in the interests of the travelling public.”

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