22 April 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT ISSUES FRESH CALL FOR PUBLIC OWNERSHIP AS SUNDAY TIMES REPORTS FIVE PRIVATE RAIL FRANCHISE HOLDERS TEETERING ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE
Rail union RMT today renewed calls for public ownership of Britain's railways as the Sunday Times reports that five private operators are now teetering on the brink of collapse.
The Sunday Times reports that four companies, in addition to Virgin East Coast which has already fallen apart and where the DfT are in turmoil over how to keep the services running, and names both Greater Anglia and South Western Railway as the next basket cases in the frame.
Reports point to a series of broken promises to passengers on both franchises where RMT is in dispute over plans to axe guards in a desperate effort to prop up private profits at the expense of public safety.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The games up for the Tory Government. It is now no longer a question of if Britain's railways are taken back into public ownership it's a question of when.
"It is frankly scandalous that a huge chunk of Britain's private rail operations now stand on the brink of collapse due to the gross mismanagement of the train companies in cahoots with Chris Grayling and his Government.
"On Wednesday RMT will mark the second anniversary of the campaign of action over rail safety and the critical role of the guard on Southern Rail - Britain's longest running industrial dispute.
"RMT will be stepping up the fight to put public safety before private profits on our railways as we mark the second anniversary of the Southern dispute with a protest outside Parliament on Wednesday."