Union says privatisation and profiteering, not staff, has wrecked train services

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Rail, Transport (ITF), RMT,

rmtThe RMT has hit back at TFL boss Peter Hendy after he was forced to apologise for likening train staff to members of the Gestapo.

Hendy last week said: “Commuter trains are shit, awful. And then every now and then some people who look like the Gestapo get on and fine everyone they can. It doesn’t improve your day, does it?”

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Sir Peter Hendy’s expletive driven comments were clearly a cynical attempt to drag commuter rail services into the TFL operation at a time when his own cuts programme has reduced the tube services he is responsible for to chaos on a regular basis.

“Train crew staff were also disgusted that Sir Peter Hendy described them as ‘Gestapo’. We are still waiting for an apology for that outrageous slur.

“The fact is that it is privatisation and profiteering that has wrecked our train services and the transport commissioner should recognise that hard truth before he resorts to chucking insults at RMT members.

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