Rail­ways up for dis­cus­sion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

The Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and Blan­tyre branch of the Scot­tish So­cial­ist Party is host­ing a pub­lic meet­ing in the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute on the prospects for pub­lic own­er­ship of the rail in­dus­try.

The meet­ing will fea­ture a speaker from the RMT ( Na­tional Union of Rail, Mar­itime and Trans­port Work­ers Union).

SSP branch chair­per­son Bill Bon­nar said: “The breakup and pri­vati­sa­tion of the rail in­dus­try back in the 90s has gen­er­ated guar­an­teed prof­its for share­hold­ers and a poorer ser­vice for the pub­lic rel­a­tive to what we should ex­pect.

“Rail ser­vices in Scot­land and the rest of the UK are vastly in­fe­rior to con­ti­nen­tal ser­vices, partly due to many of them hav­ing re­mained pub­licly owned. That in­cludes the Nether­lands rail in­dus­try which now, iron­i­cally, runs Sco­trail un­der fran­chise as Abel­lio.

“The SSP be­lieves that an in­te­grated, pub­licly owned rail sys­tem is re­quired to im­prove pub­lic trans­port op­tions. We are de­lighted to host a speaker from the RMT and hope many lo­cal rail users will take the op­por­tu­nity to hear pro­pos­als from work­ers at the sharp end of ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

The event is on Tues­day, Jan­uary 24 at 7.30pm. All in­ter­ested are in­vited.

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