15 August 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT says that today's Government fare hike is another nail in the coffin of Britain's rip-off privatised railways
Responding to the confirmation of the rail fare increases this morning, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“With passengers already furious at the shocking level of service on Britain’s rip-off privatised railways today’s news is just another kick in the teeth that will come back to haunt both the Tory Government and the train companies alike. Chris Grayling's desperate attempt to try and make front line rail workers pay for his incompetence and the train operators greed has backfired on him just like everyting else he touches.
“If it wasn’t for the profiteering and exploitation that is endemic after more than two decades of rail privatisation we would have enough cash in the pot to invest in staffing and infrastructure and hold down fares at the same time."
“What will really stick in the throat of the long-suffering British public is the fact that three quarters of our train services are now controlled by overseas operators with the profits from today’s fare rises shipped across the channel to subsidise passengers in Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam.
“Today’s fare rise is just another nail in the coffin of Britain’s rip-off privatised railways. It’s no longer a question of if our rail services are renationalised, it’s a question of when.”