RMT warns of return to lethal days of Railtrack

RMT warns of return to lethal days of Railtrack

30 March 2015

RMT Press Office

RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the Government are on the verge of dragging the UK back to the lethal days of Railtrack as reports in the Telegraph this morning suggested that there is a move to break up and sell off the current Network Rail organisation.

Network Rail, a publicly owned body, was created after a wave of lethal incidents involving the privately owned Railtrack which were driven by the demand for profits at the expense of passenger and staff safety.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said,
“It is no surprise to us that the run up to the election has been chosen as the vehicle to flag up the break up and privatisation of Network Rail -  a move that would drag us right back to the lethal and chaotic days of Railtrack which led us to a wave of disasters including Hatfield, Potters Bar and Ladbroke Grove.

“RMT has warned repeatedly that demands for cuts at Network Rail, alongside the fragmentation of maintenance and renewals and the proliferation of contractors, were being used as a way of undermining the organisation to set it up for privatisation – a scenario which hasn’t been helped by some shocking mismanagement like the shambles at London Bridge.

“However, the current problems support the case for public ownership of the entire railway, not a further drive to fragmentation, profiteering and privatisation that would raise the horrific spectre of RAILTRACK2. RMT will fight these moves and will campaign for a People’s Railway – publicly owned and run in the public interest.”


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