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Tuesday 17th July 2012 | 10:27
RMT press release
RMT anti-rail cuts campaign steams in to Nick Clegg
The day after Nick Clegg and his coalition partners confirmed that
they are to fund a series of long-delayed rail improvements through a
combination of job cuts and fare increases, rail union RMT have
announced that they will be taking a rail protest right to the heart
of his Sheffield constituency this week.
On Thursday, 19th July, RMT members will be joined by community
campaigners and sister unions for a protest at Sheffield Railway Station between 4.30pm and 6pm.
The campaign, against the McNulty proposals to sack guards and smash
up ticket offices, will also assemble outside Doncaster Railway Station on Friday 20th July 2012 between 7am and 9am.
The original McNulty Rail Review plans are now the basis of the
ConDem Government's rail Command Paper and seek to expand the profits
of the private train operators, reintroduce the lethal Railtrack model
at local level and sack safety-critical train and station crew. The
Command Paper also enshrines 'gold plated', extended franchises,
mass ticket office closures and inflation-busting fare increases way
off in to the future.
On Radio Four's Today programme yesterday, Justine Greening
confirmed that the implementation of long-delayed rail upgrades is
slated to commence in two or three years time and will be funded
through the implementation of the McNulty cuts.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
"Yesterday Nick Clegg and David Cameron attempted to use the
re-hashing of long-overdue rail investment plans as a convenient
political backdrop to 're-launch' their collapsing coalition
Government. On Thursday, Clegg will hear from the rail workers
themselves whose jobs are threatened by the McNulty cuts that would be
bulldozed through to allegedly fund investment.
"No one has campaigned harder than RMT for investment and upgrading
of Britain's railways under public ownership. This Government offer
jam tomorrow and cuts today as the private rail rip-off merchants are
laughing all the way to the bank."