RMT on expected multi-million pound Network Rail fine by ORR

RMT on expected multi-million pound Network Rail fine by ORR

10 August 2015

RMT Press Office

General Secretary Mick Cash said;"With Network Rail a publicly owned body, the ORR imposing multi-million pound fines is effectively the taxpayer fining themselves and that is a ludicrous way to run a railway.

The fines will have to be paid for by axing works ‎or cutting staff , creating a vicious cycle of decline that is self-defeating and will just mean more fines and more cuts in the future which is a nonsense.

"There are deep-seated issues around fragmentation and a proliferation of contractors and agencies on our tracks ‎, alongside a national skills shortage and budget pressures, which are compromising infra-structure projects and which will not be dealt with by handing out fines that simply compound the problems.

"RMT is demanding a coherent and joined-up approach to running our railways which of course means public ownership and an end to fragmentation and profiteering. "

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