by Tim Lezard The RMT has this morning condemned this morning’s rail fare rise announcement, saying it far outstrips the average pay rise. Average fares will rise by 2.2% from January, which is the lowest rise for five years. But RMT general secretary …

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RMTby Tim Lezard

The RMT has this morning condemned this morning’s rail fare rise announcement, saying it far outstrips the average pay rise.

Average fares will rise by 2.2% from January, which is the lowest rise for five years.

But RMT general secretary Mick Cash says it is 2.2% too much.

He said: “The scandal of Britain’s great rail fares rip off with today’s hike far out stripping average pay increases and it will once again hit those at the sharp end of the austerity clampdown the hardest.

“After two decades of privatisation the British people pay some of the highest fares in Europe to travel on clapped out, understaffed and overcrowded services while the private train companies are laughing all the way to the bank. Today’s fares announcement just fuels that scandal.

“RMT says we should cut fares and not staff and public ownership would allow us to do just that. “


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