RMT trains sights on Tory MP

by - 20th September 2011, 12.16 GMT

Rail union RMT confirmed today that the Tyne Valley Rail Users Group is the latest passenger organisation to join the fight against the government’s McNulty rail carve-up and will be joining the union in the next leg of its rolling protest against McNulty outside Hexham Station in Station Road on Friday 23rd September 2011 at 4pm.

Campaigners will be handing out leaflets and RMT Briefings on the McNulty report as they take the campaign to the seat of one of the few Tory MPs in North East England – Guy Opperman.

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “The fight against the McNulty Rail Review carve up of jobs and services, while fattening up the profits of the private companies, is gaining pace all around the country.

“This latest event will engage passengers at Hexham as they return home on Friday afternoon and evening and we are delighted to have the Tyne Valley Rail Users Group on board as we build the coalition we will need to stop this all-out assault on our railways.

“The government is due to report back on McNulty next month and we want MP’s like Guy Opperman to understand that attacking the railways and bumping up fares and profits for the private operators is a political suicide mission.

“As we build towards a national protest in London on the 25th October there will be more localised protests, like the one in Hexham on Friday, taking the message direct to rail users.”