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Call to action as union protests in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 30, 2014

  • 30/05/14 Protest at Burton Raiilway Station - Borough Road, Burton RMT protesting at Burton Railway Station.

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IMPASSIONED protesters put on a show of determination in Burton when staged a call for the railways to return to public ownership.

Members of the Burton branch of the Railway, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union set up outside the railway station in the hope of speaking to commuters and encourage them to reinforce their plea to end privatisation.

They were joined in their protest by the union’s president Peter Pinkney, who spent time with the group before heading to a rally in Derby.

He told the Mail: “We are trying to let the public known what’s going on with a report which is being put into place by this Government, which is due to get rid of staff to boos the profits for train companies.

“We are trying to let the public know what the effects of fewer staff would be in reality.

“Most people think the railways should go back to public ownership. We have support but we need to keep building on that.”

He said the protest had received a positive reception from the passengers of Burton, with many people taking leaflets or stopping to talk about the issue.

Paul Walker, chairman of the Burton branch of the RMT, said: “This action sends out a major statement to politicians and the train operating companies that are now beginning to implement some of the most devastating cuts the rail industry has ever seen.”

A number of protests have taken place in recent months, with the late general secretary Bob Crow taking part in one of them last year.

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