RMT has called for Arriva Rail UK assets to be taken into public ownership, as DB confirms plans to sell off the subsidary.
Deutsche Bahn has confirmed that sell-off plans are underway and are expected to be confirmed in September.
Arriva hold franchises on Northern, CrossCountry and Chiltern as well as the concession on London Overground and the Grand Central and GNWR open access operations.
It also has a major train care division.
What did the officials say?
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;
“It can’t be right that thousands of jobs associated with train operations across pretty much the whole of the country are left hanging in the balance awaiting a boardroom decision in Berlin. That is a ludicrous way to run our railways.
“The only solution to this nonsense is to bring the UK’s rail assets back into public ownership free from this kind of grubby speculation where our future is carved up behind closed doors in the interests of global finance capital and not the British rail passenger.”