Railway workers and supporters are to protest at an event staged by a privateer bidder for Britain’s only publicly owned intercity rail service.
Eurostar/Keolis wants to take over East Coast — Britain’s most efficiently run and profitable rail service.
It was taken back into public ownership in 2009 when profiteers proved incapable of operating it.
Under public control it has provided about £800 million to the Treasury.
But the Tory-Lib Dem coalition plans to hand it back to the private sector before next year’s general election.
Rail unions RMT and TSSA will demonstrate when Eurostar/Keolis stages a presentation in Newcastle.
The protest takes place outside the banqueting suite at Newcastle’s Centre for Life at 12 noon on Friday April 11.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “Privatisation has been a disaster for Britain’s railways. They now cost between three and four times more in taxpayer subsidy than the publicly owned British Rail.”
Source – Morning Star 03 April 2014