Shaw Report opens door to new rail sell-off

Shaw Report opens door to new rail sell-off

16 March 2016

RMT Press Office:

RMT warns that Shaw Report opens door to new Government rail sell-off to finance budget tax cuts for the rich.

Rail union RMT warned that today's Shaw Report on the future of Network Rail leaves the door open to  Chancellor George Osborne to set up a "smash and grab" raid on some of Britain's last remaining publicly-owned rail assets as he seeks to finance budget tax cuts for the wealthy tomorrow.


Although the Shaw Report balks at the idea of full privatisation after a strong union campaign, ‎RMT says that publicly owned Network Rail assets from stations to power and other parts of the infrastructure, are set up to be knocked out in a fire sale to private speculators leading to further fragmentation.


Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary,  said.

"Although a strong union campaign has fought off the prospect of wholesale and early reprivatisation the Shaw Report still opens the door to a sell off of some of Britain's last remaining publicly-owned rail assets. This is the Tories looking to knock down what's left of the family silver as Osborne scrambles to plug the gaping holes in his budget.

"Foreign speculators will be queuing up again to plunder Britain's railways for every last penny in the same way as they have mopped up train operations and run them into the ground. RMT will continue to fight any further attacks on Network Rail and will continue to campaign for public ownership of the entire rail system. "

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