RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash, on the award of the Scottish sleeper service to SERCO on a 15 year franchise worth £800 million, said:“RMT is deeply concerned that this important and prestigious service has been awarded to SERCO, a company with a truly shocking track record in the delivery of public services.
Quite frankly, with their appalling list of failures in the UK and globally they should never have even been considered as contenders for the Scottish sleeper service. The logical option of public ownership was not even looked at.
“SERCO is a company that has a reputation for promising the earth and delivering quite the opposite as they seek to maximise profits and sweat their assets for every single penny piece. This union is also seriously concerned at reports of financial problems at SERCO and the recent investigations into company practices. RMT will be meeting with the other rail unions but I can make it crystal clear that if there is any threat to the jobs and conditions of the staff transferring across from First to SERCO it will be met with fierce resistance including the use of industrial action if required.”
PBROTRIBNOTE: SERCO run the Peterborough City Council administration, many long serving PCC council staff were forced to transfer from the public sector to SERCO, as part of the deal brokered by Cllr Marco Cereste and his then Conservative majority party.
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