2 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT hears what the minister has said this morning about creating skilled, engineering jobs as a result of this major new fleet contract and the union intends to hold the Government to that pledge and we will be seeking cast-iron assurances that these trains will be built here in Britain.
“RMT would also expect to see the jobs that the Government are talking about today as part of the HS2 fleet procurement programme as being sustainable, on permanent contracts and with decent terms and conditions. The potential for expanding apprenticeships and the rail engineering skills base in Britain is huge but requires proper planning and investment to make it happen.
“All too often rail industry projects have meant short-term casual labour being used on a stop-start basis with no thought for the long term development of the train manufacturing sector in the nation that gave the railways to the world. There is now a golden opportunity to end and reverse the decimation of train manufacturing in Britain and RMT will continue to campaign for the major expansion of jobs and skills that we need to deliver for the future.”