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Future of Network Rail

18 March 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has today written to Andrew Haines, CEO of Network Rail, seeking clarification about the Future of Network Rail. The text of the letter is as follows:

Dear Andrew I am seeking urgent clarification of recent comments made by the Chair of Network Rail, Peter Hendy.

He said that you and he have no problem with the abolition of Network Rail.

His comments in full are as follows, "Neither of us are precious about the corporate future of Network Rail. We would much rather see some organisation that better serves passengers and freight.”

Our members are extremely concerned about the implications of these words as we are about to embark in a major reorganisation. Many of them lived through the chaos of Railtrack which tragically led to multiple accidents and fatalities.

Our union is crystal clear that there can be no return to the fragmentation which predated the creation of Network Rail. Nor a return to the profit motive in the maintenance of our railways which led to passenger injuries and deaths.

Frankly, Hendy's comments are a recipe for a complete breakdown in industrial relations at a time when you are seeking huge change.

I need to be crystal clear, if the aim of your purposed 100 Day Programme is to prepare Network Rail for its break up and privatisation, then we are heading towards a period of unprecedented industrial strife which will undoubtedly bring our railways to a halt.

I look forward to an early response.

Yours sincerely

Manuel Cortes

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