28 September 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT demands full rail nationalisation as SouthEastern collapses and is taken into public ownership.
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded that the Government make urgent moves to bring the entire rail network into public ownership after it was announced this morning that the vital SouthEastern commuter service has effectively collapsed and is being taken over by the public Operator of Last Resort.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said;
"This latest public sector rescue of a privately operated rail service should kill off the risky and expensive nonsense of rail privatisation once and for all.
"It appears that this collapse is all about Govia playing fast and loose with their financial commitments and raises serious questions about the viability of their other operations including the busy Thameslink services.
"RMT will ensure that SouthEastern staff are properly looked after and protected by the TUPE transfer.
"It's time to put the rest of Britain's failing private rail operations out of their misery, cut out the middleman and build a public railway that's fit for a green, post-Covid future."