EU Protests

08 October 2013

The Fourth Railway Package, the European Commission’s proposals for a ‘single European railway area to foster European competitiveness and growth’, is a new set of rules and regulations from Brussels designed to impose British-style privatisation on rail services in every EU member state.

Mick Whelan says: ‘The problem is that privatisation of the railways doesn’t work. Sir Roy McNulty, in his report, pointed out that Britain’s railways are much more expensive, after privatisation, than railways on the continent. And now Europe wants to take the British, and more expensive, route!

‘It hasn’t worked in Britain and it won’t work in the rest of Europe. It’s not the right model for Britain and it’s not the right model for the European Union.’

Currently, as the campaign Action for Rail points out, each member state has the freedom to choose how it wants to run its passenger services. The Fourth Railway Package will take away that freedom, and force a structure which has been an abject failure in this country on the rest of the EU.

‘It will remove any chance of a future British government establishing an alternative way of running the railway here,’ says Mick. ‘It will make it impossible to run a successful publicly-owned railway such as the East Coast Main Line.’

ASLEF activists will be joining campaigners from the other rail unions in protests organised by the European Transport Workers’ Federation at European Commission offices in Britain at 9am on Wednesday 9 October:

European Commission, 32 Smith Square, London, SW1

European Commission, 2 Caspian Point, Caspian Way, Cardiff

European Commission, 9 Alva Street, Edinburgh

You can email your MEP and let them know that you want them to oppose the Fourth Railway Package in the European Parliament here.

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