RMT responds to RAIB report into Saxilby track worker fatality
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said
” The RAIB report into this appalling tragedy shines the spotlight on the dangers inherent in the current working environment of track workers on Britain’s railways.
“Those ever present dangers are compounded by the use of contractors and agencies and the growth of zero hours contacts and casualisation in this safety critical environment. In fact , Ian Prosser, the rail regulator’s Director of Safety, has recognised the negative impact of bogus self employment and zero hours contracts in a response to RMT. It is time to urgently address those issues.
“In this case the victim of this tragedy was on the books of Sky Blue, working for Carillion and several steps away from the actual organisation responsible for rail infrastructure , Network Rail. That chaotic approach has to end with Network Rail taking over these contracted staff under central control on decent pay and conditions.
“The report also exposes the culture on our railways where cuts have led to impossible workloads and pressure of work within a management system that allows workers’ on the railway without a safe system of operation being managed and maintained at all times. That culture has to change and that means calling a halt on subbing out and casualisation. ”
RAIB report can be found here http://www.raib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/reports_2013/report212013.cfm