12 July 2016
RMT Press Office:
RMT responds to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin's attack on Southern Rail staff this morning.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said
“It is disgraceful that the Transport Secretary has opted to attack the front-line, safety-critical staff rather than sacking Govia Thameslink whose gross mismanagement of this basket-case franchise has pushed it into total meltdown.
“The company has repeatedly lied about “staff sickness” when it is, in fact, fleet breakdowns and shortages, systemic mismanagement and a failure to recruit adequate staff numbers that has tipped Britain’s biggest rail franchise into daily chaos. The Transport Secretary and his officials are propping up this rail company in the teeth of growing public anger and it shows that they are miles out of touch with the daily misery experienced by staff and passengers alike on Southern/GTR.”