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“FAILING” Chris Grayling should be forced to resign, TUC Congress declared today.
It threw its weight behind calls from rail unions for the Transport Secretary to go after it heard a charge sheet of his blunders in public office.
These include forcing rail privateers to axe guards, the third failure of a private operator running the East Coast main line and a pay cap on workers, rail union RMT said.
“Not only does Grayling need to go but the rotten policies that have been the hallmark of his years of failure at the Transport Department need to be swept away as well,” RMT general secretary Mick Cash stormed.
“The campaign for publicly owned and controlled trains and buses run as public services, free from the spivs and racketeers, is gaining moment by the day.”
Delegates also heard warnings of a crisis in freight traffic on Britain’s railways, along with a warning that rising passenger traffic should not be allowed to mask investment failures.
“It’s time to recognise the truth about the growth on our railway,” Aslef delegate Lesley Atkins said.
“Lets not kid ourselves that this is a success of privatisation. Most people who use trains do so because they have no other choice.”
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