19 August 2015
RMT Press Office
RMT slams "shocking complacency" of private rail companies as sexual assaults surge by nearly a quarter.
Responding to official figures released by BTP this morning, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
"These horrific statistics, showing that sexual assaults on our railways rose by nearly 25% over the year, expose the shocking complacency of the private train companies who are still pressing ahead with plans to de-staff our stations and remove the safety-critical guards from our trains in line with Government instructions.
"We note that there has also been a major increase in crimes of violence against the person, including racially-aggravated assaults, which is all consistent with our railways becoming a haven for thugs and racists as staff cuts are bulldozed through.
"RMT has pledged to step up the fight to retain guards on services currently under attack, including Northern and First Great Western, and the union will be reinforcing the message that our campaigns have public and staff safety right at their very core."