18 June 2020
RMT Press Office:
Responding to an announcement that the Department for Transport has drawn advances from the Contingencies Fund totalling £7 Billion to enable expenditure on COVID-19 support packages for transport RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“This should not just be a blank cheque for private transport operators but instead should be linked to taking transport services into public ownership to ensure every penny is spent on protecting safety and the economy alongside strict requirements to protect jobs across the transport sector, such as those threatened at P&O Ferries.
"The Government seems to think these fat cat operators are too big to fail but for decades now that is exactly what they have been doing, making this backroom bailout an outrageous reward for years of systemic failure”