RMT hits out at GTR
Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has been granted permission by the government to follow an emergency timetable that allows them to cancel 350 more trains a day,the RMT union has warned.
The union and company officials will give evidence to MPs on the Transport Select Committee tomorrow about the delays and cancellations to customers’ journeys over the past few months.
In a statement, RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “This latest savage attack on passenger services by GTR is nothing to do with staff sickness and everything to do with gross mismanagement of this franchise and the failure to employ enough guards and drivers to fill the current rosters and diagrams.
“The continuing attempt to blame the frontline workforce for this crisis is a cynical and cowardly ploy that will not wash with the travelling public.
“The solution of this failing, basket-case franchise is not axing more trains and attacking those trying to hold it together at the sharp end – it is the removal of Govia at the earliest possible point.
“Directly Operated Railways, who sorted out the mess on the East Coast, are lined up and ready to go and they should be given the green light to take over and start running these routes under public control, in the public interest.”