Shocking Increase In Race Hate Crimes On Britain's Railways
RMT responds to new figures showing massive increase in race hate crimes on Britain's transport services and demands end to staff cuts. RMT demands an end to staff cuts as shocking new figures show that race hate crime levels on British transport services have increased by 36% since 2011 with even bigger increases in specific areas of racially and religiously motivated crime.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
"These are truly shocking figures and match up with the reports that RMT members are feeding back to the union from the sharp end. They coincide with the drive to de staff our trains and stations in the search for cuts and increased profits.
"Despite union warnings that those cuts would turn our transport services into a playground for thugs, criminals and racists we have been ignored and the consequences are now laid bare. The cuts to staffing on Britain's transport services have to stop.
"Guards jobs are threatened on Northern, Merseyrail, Southern, Great Western and across the rest of our rail services as private profits are placed before passenger and staff safety. Over 800 safety-critical station jobs face the axe on London Underground in just over a weeks time.
"Today's figures reveal the true consequences of those actions and RMT will ramp up the fightback industrially and politically in the weeks ahead. "
According to The Guardian, the official figures breakdown:
“Only by understanding the true scale and nature of the problem can we hope to develop lasting solutions that will give all travellers and rail staff an environment as free from hate crime as possible,”.