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Rail union opposes privatisation of East London Line

Issue No. 2056

The announcement that the East London Line’s operations are to be handed to private operator MTR Laing after refurbishment in 2010 was condemned today by the Tube and rail network’s RMT union.

Commenting on the announcement, RMT general secretary Bob Crow said:

“However it is dressed up, today’s announcement means that the operations of London Underground are now being dragged down the same failed path of privatisation that has already so disastrously undermined the national railway network.

“For the first time for more than seven decades the operations of part of the world’s most successful metro system are to be taken out of the public sector and handed to an organisation for which profit comes first.

“That raises grave safety concerns both for our members and for the travelling public, and it raises the prospect of millions more in public money being sucked out of the network.

“Privatisation of the extended East London Line’s operations is completely unnecessary, and if we are really to have a new direction in government, a good start would be the reversal of this lamentable decision,” Bob Crow said.

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Wed 20 Jun 2007, 15:21 BST
Issue No. 2056
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