7 November 2017
RMT Press Office:
RMT warns that Greater Anglia are risking public safety and slams regulator for approving strike timetable.
General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“The only way that Greater Anglia can be running these services is through taking serious risks with public safety just as they did during the last phase of strike action. Passengers need to be made aware of that fact. On Friday the company issued their plans only to have them pulled back by the safety inspectorate, the ORR. Clearly, that was just going through the motions after RMT raised serious objections and Abellio – who partly fund the ORR – have now been given a green light to carry on regardless.
“It is simply outrageous that the so-called independent safety regulator, the Office of Road and Rail, have now given one of their funders, Abellio, a pass to run unsafe services during the strike action despite finding in RMT's favour over a raft of safety issues last time out.
“Instead of playing these dangerous games Abellio Greater Anglia should be in talks with us addressing the fundamental safety issues at the heart of this dispute.”
"He who pays the piper plays the tune and the regulator is clearly compromised which is not only wrong for passengers it is downright dangerous.”