RMT action taking place at Hull’s Paragon Station

Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by KCFM

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Members of the RMT union will be protesting at Hull’s Paragon Station this morning from 7:45am until 9am.

It’s in opposition to plans to award new long-term contracts to Northern Rail and TransPennine Express.

The union is proposing re-nationalisation of the railways as an alternative.

Sean McGowan from the RMT says that, if nationalised, the railways would make money for taxpayers:

“You’ve only got to look at the recent disgraceful decision to put the East Coast Mainline into private hands when, in it’s tenure, the public backed that railway, and we put around £1 billion back in to the Treasury.”

He says the privatisation is putting the railways in the control of countries other than the UK:

“It should be re-nationalised, it should be owned by the British taxpayer. If we look at the shortlist of bidders now, they’re Dutch, French and German state railway-owned. So we’re going to have a state-owned railway, but unfortunately it’s not going to be our state.”

Sean says the privatisation of the railways hasn’t delivered the value for money promised to customers:

“Since 2007, Northern Rail has sucked passengers dry to pay £179 million in dividence to shareholders, and TransPennine express has paid £230 [million], just shy of £400 million pound there, which has been taken off our railways, and that could have been used for fairer fares and new trains.”

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Published: Tuesday 31st March 2015 by KCFM

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