Network Rail chief pay bonzana

05 September 2013

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has reacted to the news that Network Rail has appointed a new chief executive, Mark Carne, on a basic annual salary of £675,000 - £100,000 more than his predecessor Sir David Higgins. Mr Carne, who previously worked for Shell in the Middle East, takes over from Sir David in April next year.

Mick said: ‘The extraordinary decision to hire a new man, Mark Carne, to do the same job as Sir David, but to pay him a whopping hundred grand more, exposes the extraordinary lack of governance and lack of proper public scrutiny in the not-for-dividend Network Rail.

‘It also exposes the flaw at the heart of the privatisation of Britain’s rail network. A privatisation that has resulted in much higher fares for passengers, more overcrowded trains, much older rolling stock, and much less investment.

‘The privatised rail companies take money out of the industry. It is time to bring the railways back into public ownership.’

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