23 August 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT slams Grayling and the Tories over Northern transport shambles.
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"The Tory Northern transport shambles continues today with Chris Grayling now wading in to local civic leaders just 24 hours after his former colleague George Osborne targeted his fire on his own side. This is a disgraceful way to treat a region that has just had key rail upgrade and modification works binned and which has been condemned by this minority government to life in the slow lane.
"The so-called transport summit today is a total fraud that has no involvement from the workforce who are out their day in day out struggling to hold services together. Meanwhile both Merseyrail and Northern Rail press ahead with plans to axe guards and reduce their trains to a dangerous, inaccessible shell that will be a magnet for violent and anti-social behaviour.
"Any Labour politician that goes along with this divide and rule nonsense from the Tories should be called to account and RMT will be stepping up the campaign for safe and accessible rail for all under public ownership."