12 February 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The inquiry by the House of Commons Transport Committee is useful if it helps nail down those responsible for dragging the East Coast Main Line into this latest private failure on these key inter-city services.
"However, RMT is still demanding answers as to what is happening in the here and now and what the operational plans are for when Stagecoach/Virgin are finally kicked off the job which Chris Grayling has already told the Commons is likely to happen in a matter of weeks.
“There are RMT members on the job today who have gone from British Rail, to GNER, to National Express, to Directly Operated Railways, to Virgin/Stagecoach and who are now left wondering who their sixth employer will be in little more than two decades on this vital section of Britain’s rail network. That is a shameful way to treat the workforce and shines the spotlight on the continuing chaos of rail privatisation.
“The solution is simple. End the fixation with the spivs and speculators from the private sector and bring the whole lot back in house, on a permanent basis, with immediate effect.”