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The Socialist 9 August 2017

Striking back against poverty pay

The Socialist issue 958

Venezuela shows battle Corbyn would face


Striking back against poverty pay

Rashan Charles death: End police racism and austerity

Coventry: march following racist police killing

Government's tribunal fees defeat

40% of England's psychiatric wards are 'unsafe'


Marx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis


Angry Birmingham bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

Barts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

Steel workers at Rom Ltd strike for a pay rise

Coordinated action needed to break pay restraint

End poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

RMT condemns Welsh government rail privatisation


Young, angry and fighting back

Young Socialists off to a flying start in Cardiff

Campaign fights closure of Chatsworth rehab ward

Support for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

Northern Pride's a success

Housing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Far-right thrown out of Newcastle

Postie paper sale


Venezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

Workers' struggles in Peru: eyewitness report


How much reserves have councils got?


Global finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?


Crunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners

 
 
 
 
 

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RMT condemns Welsh government rail privatisation

RMT members protesting, photo Paul Mattsson

RMT members protesting, photo Paul Mattsson   (Click to enlarge)

Dave Reid, Socialist Party Wales

Rail union RMT has condemned plans by the Welsh Labour government to further privatise the Welsh rail network.

Private train companies currently operate the trains in Wales on tracks owned and maintained by the publicly-owned Network Rail. The franchise for operating the south Wales valley lines is coming to an end and is currently held by Arriva trains, which has run the service into the ground.

Arriva made 88 million profit in the last five years while its passengers endured an appalling service. But instead of renationalising the service, it is being put out to tender to four private companies, including Arriva.

Rail privatisation has been an unmitigated disaster. Despite billions of pounds in subsidies the private train operating companies offer a poor service and charge some of the highest fares in the world. The tracks were renationalised in 2002 because the private company, Railtrack, provided such a poor service and following a number of fatal rail disasters.

Yet the Tories are trying to re-privatise track maintenance by getting private train operating companies to take them over.

Now the RMT has learnt that not only is the Welsh government going to allow the continuation of privatisation of the train service on the south Wales valley lines, it intends to follow the example of the Tories in England and hand over the entire Metro scheme to a private company including running the tracks and infrastructure.

Between 70-80% support renationalisation of the railways in most polls, yet the Welsh Labour government intends to further privatise railways.

Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT said: "The idea that this trade union will sit back while plans are being hatched for a 5 billion scheme to hand Welsh railways to private operators is ridiculous."

This threatened privatisation underlines how the Welsh Labour government is dominated by the Blairite right wing who are carrying out distinctly different policies to those promised by Jeremy Corbyn.


In this issue


What we think

Venezuela shows battle Corbyn would face


Socialist Party news and analysis

Striking back against poverty pay

Rashan Charles death: End police racism and austerity

Coventry: march following racist police killing

Government's tribunal fees defeat

40% of England's psychiatric wards are 'unsafe'


Marx's Capital at 150

Marx's Capital at 150: an unequalled analysis


Socialist Party workplace news

Angry Birmingham bin workers enter fifth week of strike action

Barts strike: Keep up the pressure on Serco and the trust!

Steel workers at Rom Ltd strike for a pay rise

Coordinated action needed to break pay restraint

End poverty pay for sleep-in care workers

RMT condemns Welsh government rail privatisation


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Young, angry and fighting back

Young Socialists off to a flying start in Cardiff

Campaign fights closure of Chatsworth rehab ward

Support for Socialist Party campaigns at biggest ever Leeds Pride

Northern Pride's a success

Housing safety campaign kicks off in Coventry

Far-right thrown out of Newcastle

Postie paper sale


International socialist news and analysis

Venezuela: Capitalist offensive sharpens after assembly elections

Workers' struggles in Peru: eyewitness report


Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

How much reserves have councils got?


Global finance

Global finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?


Music review

Crunchy guitar and poignant dialogue in alt-rock homage to south Wales miners


 

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