12 October 2017
RMT Press Office
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“In the last financial year almost £3.7 billion was sucked out of Network Rail by its top 20 suppliers – predominately labour suppliers. Any additional funding should be considered in that context - if the leakages occur at the current rates some £18.5 billion will be returned to the construction oligarchs over the five years of Control Period 6.
"Extra funding to Network Rail is welcome but must be linked to key issues including, as a top priority, a commitment to stamp out the negative employment practices which have been nurtured on our railways by the private construction sector. The Office of Rail and Road has in the past described these practices as being “not conducive to a safe railway”
"The public sector Network Rail must move away from the short term avarice of the private sector, and the Government cheerleaders in the bosses club the Rail Delivery Group, through ending the rip off of subcontracting and investing in the skills base instead shoring up private shareholders dividends.”
The latest railways statement of funds available can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/railways-statement-of-funds-available-2017