22 June 2017
RMT Press Office
General Secretary Mick Cash said.
"No wonder the Government have sat on the Gibb report for seven months. It's taken them that long to slice and fillet it into a document that they can spin up as an attack on the unions and the staff. Nobody who uses Southern Rail day in and day out will be fooled by this fit up by Chris Grayling and the minority Tory Government.
"This is a classic case of he who pays the piper calls the tune. It's a shame Mr Gibb never bothered to talk to the unions and the staff and has allowed himself to be used by the Government as a human shield over the Southern Rail fiasco.
"What the Government don't want the public to know is that, despite their spin, Gibb also says;
* That despite ministers saying the dispute is a matter for GTR Gibb says Chris Grayling has been determining the “strategic direction of the dispute”
* That Gibb considered nationalisation but said this should be ruled out as it could effect the roll out of driver only trains and increase the power of the unions
*That some routes should be transferred to TFL.
"Let me make this clear. The fight for safety and access to services on Southern Rail goes on. Chris Grayling can cut and paste Gibb however he likes to try and prop up the basket-case GTR operation but the passengers forking out thousands of pounds a year for Britain's worst rail service won't buy it. GTR should be stripped of the franchise with the whole lot taken into public ownership."
Key extracts from Gibb Report suppressed in Government spin operation.
‘Whilst you are already determining the strategic
direction of this dispute’
‘None of the parties in the system share the same incentives or objectives..’
‘The infrastructure on the Southern network is in a poor and unreliable condition…’
‘The system cannot possibly work to passengers’ satisfaction with these components in this state…’
‘No single party has had responsibility for the overall system…’
‘Urgent decisions are needed if the 2018 system is to work…’
‘Transferring these two services in 2018 to TfL and the London Overground concessionaire will be seen by many as a “punishment” for GTR, and the next step in devolution of inner London commuter services to TfL.
‘Organisations such as London Travel Watch will welcome the decision. Itis hard to see any “losers”, or any additional significant long terms costs once the transfer has occurred, unless it is decided to enhance services and stations’.
‘TfL and its London Overground concessionaire would have to mobilise quickly to lead the transfers of people, stations, service planning and rolling stock, and take over leading the
acceptance of the new Siemens Class 717 trains’.