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East Coast retendering - or not
« on: June 20, 2011, 09:38:10 PM »
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed the Government for “deliberately rigging the retendering timetable for the East Coast mainline to fatten it up for private profit” after it emerged that the exercise is being pushed back well into 2013.

The East Coast is currently publicly owned following a second spectacular private sector collapse in 2009 when National Express walked away leaving the public sector to pick up the pieces. The Nat Ex shambles followed a similar fiasco involving GNER back in 2006.

Today it is reported that the re-tendering is being shoved back to 2013 in a move that RMT believes is designed to set it up for one of the new, gold-plated 15 year franchises and to also give an extended opportunity to hammer down jobs to increase profits - a process that is already underway with the planned closure of the East Coast customer call centre in Newcastle and the export of the jobs to India. That move follows the axing of the popular dining-car service.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“The treatment of the vital East Coast Mainline route by the Government is a national disgrace. If it’s good enough for the public sector to pick up the pieces when the private sector fail, and to now extend that arrangement for a further two years to suit the private bidders, then it should be good enough to retain it permanently in public hands and avoid this kind of shambolic management of a key component of the UK’s infrastructure.

“There is no doubt that this delay is all about fattening up the route for maximum private profit under one of the ConDem Government’s new 15 year, gold-plated franchises.

“On Friday we will be out on the streets of Newcastle fighting for the call centre jobs threatened by this process and we will also be stepping up our campaign for the East Coast to be run by the public sector, wholly in the public interest, and free from the greed and exploitation of the train operators.”

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Re: East Coast retendering - or not
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011, 11:41:38 AM »
Oh Dear ,
 Something else has rattled Mr Crow's chain again !
Andrew HA.