16 November 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT says "people don't believe in George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse for the same reason they don't believe in fairy stories" - union response to BBC survey.
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This BBC survey of Northerners comes as no surprise to RMT. People aren't daft. They don't believe in George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse fantasy for the same reason they don't believe in fairy stories - it is pure and utter fiction.
"In the next few weeks the winning bidders for the Northern and TPE franchises will be announced - franchises designed on the basis of cutting staff, services and safety in the name of private profit. Along with the clapped out Pacers and the electrification fiasco that is the reality of transport in the North and the idea that people will be fooled by this Government's hype, lies and spin into believing otherwise is frankly laughable. "