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DB Cargo job losses

18 October 2016

Responding to the news that rail freight company DB Cargo UK is to shed 893 job losses, TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes said:

"This news will be a devastating blow to all the fine people working in UK rail freight industry. And unless we come up with an immediate rescue could plan, it is also very bad news for for Britain. Our ability to shift cargo by rail should be central to any UK future joined-up, environmental as well as economic and transport planning. This announcement is a hammer blow to our strategic capability to be able to do so.

"Few people will have realised until today that Britain's freight industry is actually owned by Germany and operates as a subsidiary company of their state owned rail company Deutsche Bahn - hence the company's "DB" initials.

"So whilst this news is bleak, The Tory's do have the opportunity to turn this negative into a positive if Theresa May will take back control of rail freight so it can be built in the interests of the British economy. She doesn't have to wait until she triggers Article 50 to act in Britain's best interests, she should do it now!"

"HGVs are responsible for 17pc of all CO2 emissions from traffic yet they make up just 5% of the total number of vehicles on the roads and the congestion they cause is estimated to cost business £24 billion each year.

"Maintaining a British freight industry and saving the jobs of those working in it so we retain their important skill set, should now be at the top of Tory Transport Secretary Chris Grayling's inbox. This means intervening right away to bring DB cargo into public ownership."


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