5 September 2019
RMT Press Office
RMT calls for safe staffing on trains and stations as BTP figures show another surge in violent crime
RAIL UNION RMT today called for urgent action from Britain's profit-driven train operators to halt and reverse the de-staffing of the railway as shocking new figures from the British Transport Police today reveal a further 12% increase in crime including a massive increase in violent and sexual offences.
Violent crime has risen by 17% and sexual offences have increased by 8%.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"These are appalling and disgraceful figures and show that crime, and particularly violent crime, is spiralling out of control on our railways as staffing levels are hacked back to the bare bones in the drive for profits.
"RMT has warned repeatedly that the all-out drive towards an automated and faceless railway would turn our trains and stations into a criminals paradise and those who have ignored those warnings should be hanging their heads in shame today.
"RMT will be stepping up the campaigning for a safe, secure and properly staffed railway where those paying the highest fares in Europe get the protection they deserve and where passenger safety comes before private profiteering."