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22 September 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to "hypocrisy and hot air" of Chris Grayling on Northern transport services.
Responding to Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling at the IPPR this morning RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"No amount of spin and re-hashed commitments can hide the fact that this Secretary of State is both anti-rail and regionally biased. His speech today just reeks of hypocrisy and hot air at a time when safety and modernisation are being sacrificed in the names of private profit and austerity.
“Not only has Chris Grayling axed promised rail electrification in the North he is also compelling his contractors, Northern Rail, to get rid of over a 1000 skilled railway guards provoking a major industrial dispute in defence of rail safety.
“If Mr Grayling wants to show genuine commitment to boosting rail in the North he should immediately announce the reversal of these short sighted, damaging and unpopular cuts and lift his departments demand that the safety-critical Guards be thrown off our trains.”