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Rail Unions and Campaigners call for Re-nationalisation

By William Walker

Campaigners from the TUC’s Action For Rail campaign are holding demonstrations at stations up and down the country since privatisation of our railways.
On November 5th 1993 Major’s Tory government passed the Railways Act which paved the way for privatisation of the railways.

Today 20 years on members from the four major transport unions campaigners joined together as part of the TUC’s Action For Rail campaign to call for renationalisation.

Protesters will be handing our postcards to passengers at over 30 stations across the network informing passengers of the benefits of public ownership and why privatisation as failed. Passengers will be asked to fill in the post card and send it to their local MP.

In the Midlands RMT members are holding protests at Birmingham New Street, Wolverhampton and Derby this morning before joining a larger protest at Burton-On-Trent this afternoon where RMT General Secretary Bob Crow will be speaking.

Speaking before today’s action RMT national Executive Member for the Midlands Paul Walker said. ‘Privatisation has been a total failure for our railway’s.’ ‘From the disaster of Railtrack at Hatfield and Potters Barr to the fact that British passengers are paying the most expensive rail fares in Europe to travel on packed overcrowded trains on a service that is unreliable that have been starved of investment.’ ‘These issues go right the way back to Major.’ ‘

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