RMT calls for Arriva assets to be publicly owned

Northern 333
Credit: Dan Sutcliffe

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.”

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  1. Mick Cash – You have it spot on! It’s about time the government realised the private running of the railways is not working and is causing distrust in the traveling public.

  2. Why not get rid of Northern and let the government take over to prevent further strikes happening on Northern. That passengers want and not to deal with more strikes happening.

    • The government taking over would not prevent further strikes. An agreement to retain a second safety critical member of staff would however.


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