16 May 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes Andy Burnham call for inquiry into Northern Rail and repeats call for public ownership.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT welcomes the fact that the Mayor of Manchester is supporting our call for an inquiry into the crisis in Northern Rail services.
“It is clear however that the Northern franchise is in total meltdown and these problems are being caused by the company putting profits before passengers.
“What is even more galling is that because Northern is owned by German state railways it is their domestic operations that are benefiting off the backs of the misery experienced by Northern Rail passengers.
“If the German state can own Northern railways so can the British state and it is now time to strip ARN of the franchise and return it to public ownership as soon as possible.”