Rail union leaders have launched a legal move to challenge the the awarding of franchises to train companies and accused the Government of trying to "rush through" the deal.
– Aslef general secretary Mick Whelan
It is imperative that we raise the genuine concerns of all stakeholders but, especially, the employees before this is rushed through. We cannot, in good conscience, allow the mistakes of the past to happen again.
– RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash
After the scandal of this Government robbing the British taxpayer of a billion pounds in the scramble to privatise the Royal Mail it is shocking that they are engaging in the same tactics to try and hand the East Coast Mainline back to their friends in big business.
– TSSA leader Manuel Cortes
The coalition knows only too well that rail franchising is not fit for purpose. Rail workers are at a loss to understand why the government insists on going forward with a broken system which threatens the interests of passengers and taxpayers.