30 May 2014
RMT Press Office
Transport union RMT will be demanding an end to the cuts which are savaging jobs, safety and services across the length and breadth of Britain in a meeting with the Secretary of State for Transport on Monday, 2nd June.
RMT will be part of joint TUC delegation that will meet with Patrick McLoughlin on Monday.
RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“We will be taking the opportunity at Monday’s meeting to raise a number of key issues which RMT believes threaten jobs, services and safety across the entire rail network.
“We will be leaving the Secretary of State in no doubt that the cuts to staffing on trains, stations and track are putting lives at risk and that we actually need more staff across all areas to meet the demands of a surging passenger demand and a creaking infra-structure that is coming under intense pressure.
“The cuts must not only be halted but should be reversed and we will also be making clear our total opposition to both Driver Only Operation and the axing of train guards and the closure of station ticket offices – measures which are the very heart of the Government’s McNulty Rail Review.
“The Secretary of State will also be reminded that the rail franchising timetable, and the whole rail privatisation policy, remains a complete and utter shambles. Nowhere is that better demonstrated than in the case of the Thameslink maintenance engineers who find themselves caught in a three-way row between the Government, the current franchise holder and the train builder, Siemens – a row that leaves hundreds of skilled engineering job under threat.”
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RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said.
"This is yet another twist to the continuing chaos of rail franchising and I will be raising it with the Minister Patrick McLoughlin when we meet with him on Monday. Clearly this latest fiasco raises serious doubts about the government's ludicrous dash to ram through the reprivatisation of the successful and publicly owned East Coast route and our fight to stop that act of industrial vandalism rages on."