Unions and supporters protest against privatisation


Transport unions and supporters from the community are this morning protesting in Barrow-in-Furness against the McNulty rail review.

Between 6am and 9am passengers arriving at and setting off from Barrow railway station in south Cumbria will be leafleted with action for rail postcards and urged to support the national campaign against cuts, fare increases and privatisation.

The high-profile and highly visual protest will feature RMT flags, banners, and placards setting out the case against the cuts McNulty cuts and the fares and privatisation rip-off outside the station.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said: “The fiasco on the West Coast main line franchise has exposed the expensive and disruptive shambles of rail privatisation in all its gory detail. Those same greedy train operators who have created this mess with the connivance of the government are continuing to look at ways of milking even fatter profits out of our transport services.

“We will be outside Barrow station this morning to ram home the point that the vast majority of the British people want the whole money-making racket of privatisation swept away.

“Community campaigners will be joined by other rail workers and their supporters as we send out the message that the government must ditch the McNulty cuts to jobs and safety and the rip-off fares that are part and parcel of the same poisonous, profiteering package.”

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