Rail Union claims Rail minister pulls out of York event as RMT protest goes ahead and Northern /TPE franchising descends into chaos.
According to RMT Union Rail minister Claire Perry has pulled out of an event at the National Rail Museum in York this afternoon. RMT says that a protest over the threat to jobs, services and safety from the new Northern and TPE franchises will still go ahead from 5.15pm.
Senior government officials and rail company bosses are still to be attending in the absence of Claire Perry claims the Union.
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: "The rail industry is awash with rumours that the award of the Northern and TPE franchises is in trouble with the private companies in the frame squabbling with government officials.
"Now we have the rail minister herself pulling out of a major event where she was due to be confronted by angry RMT members over the threat to jobs, services in safety.
"Clearly the union fight over the threat to Northern and Transpennine Express is having a major impact and we will be out in force in York this afternoon keeping the pressure on."
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