24 January 2014
Rail union RMT is demanding an end to unscheduled ticket office closures at Penrith station by Virgin Trains.
The union has even won the backing of local Tory MP Rory Stewart over the closures which RMT believes is down to a lack of cover due to job losses in particular at Carlisle where staff also cover Penrith.
Virgin has refused to attend a meeting convened by the MP and with the union over the issue.
Instead the company has put posters up saying it was now asking the Department of Transport for permission to reduce the opening hours of the ticket office by over three hours a day.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said that the union would resist the running down of services and staffing levels.
“This kind of salami slicing of a public service in the name of profit is part of the nationwide agenda set by the McNulty report.
“As the reality of this process hits home even Tory MPs are backing our campaign,” he said.
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