TRADE UNIONIST AND SOCIALIST COALITION (TUSC) NEWS RELEASE – 17 DECEMBER 2016
MERSEYTRAVEL DECIDES TO ACCEPT DRIVER ONLY TRAINS
TUSC condemns the decision of Merseytravel in deciding to accept Driver Only Operation on future rolling stock. We deplore the fact that Labour, yes Labour, councillors with the support of Mayor Anderson have embraced this Tory agenda of placing profit before passenger safety.
TUSC fully supports RMT General Secretary Mick Cash who said: ‘Merseytravel has today decided that it can’t afford to run safe trains with guards, so it intends to run unsafe ones. RMT has made it clear that we will do whatever is necessary to defend the safety of our members and the travelling public. If Scotrail can introduce new trains and retain guards, then so can Merseyrail’.
Roger Bannister, TUSC candidate for Liverpool mayor in May 2016, declared his full support for the RMT and stated: ‘I am still pressing for a meeting with Labour’s metro mayoral candidate Steve Rotheram to seek his support in fighting this infamous decision, and I continue to be concerned by his silence on this vital issue’.