29 May 2019
RMT Press Office:
RMT welcomes Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram call for Northern to be taken into public ownership and calls for guarantees for staff
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed the call today from Manchester and Merseyside Mayor’s Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram for Arriva to be stripped of their failing Northern Rail franchise and for the services to be brought back into the public sector
General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“RMT welcomes this decisive move by Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram and there should now be a swift transition of the Northern routes into a public sector operation. There can be no excuses for any delay.
“RMT will be seeking immediate assurances that the jobs, conditions and pensions of our members will be protected once Arriva are finally kicked off the Northern routes. The union will also expect to see an end to outsourcing of support functions and an absolute commitment to safety and the guard guarantee.
“Any attempt by Chris Grayling and the DfT to sabotage the clear wishes of the democratically elected representatives will spark a furious political backlash. For Arriva Rail North the game is up. “
Note. The Mayor’s are calling for Northern to be transferred to the Operator of Last Resort. That operator is the public sector and has been recently brought in to take over the East Coast mainline on two occasions.