17 June 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to comments from boss of the collapsing Southern rail franchise on BBC Today programme this morning.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“Passengers and staff alike are sick and tired of the Southern top bosses and the Government trying to blame everyone other than themselves for the chaos that they have unleashed on Britain's biggest rail franchise. On the Today programme this morning the GTR Chief Officer could not deny that trains are being cancelled on the basis of a pack of lies about staff shortage when a full compliment of crew are available.
"There is no "unofficial action" on Southern. The staff shortages are down to gross mismanagement of staffing numbers, rosters and diagrams by the company on this basket case franchise and our information from members proves that services are routinely being axed even when staff are available. That is scandalous behaviour.
“Trying to lump the blame onto hard-working, frontline staff , who take the full force of passenger anger for cancellations and delays, is cowardly and despicable behaviour by this failing, rip-off GTR outfit and their cheerleaders in the Government."