Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

March 14, 2007 13:46 ET

Amicus response to Government announcement of 1,000 additional train carriages by 2014

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - March 14, 2007) - Amicus the leading trade union welcomes the Government's confirmation that 1,000 new carriages will be ordered in an expansion of the current fleet.

However the union is calling on Government to undertake a strategic review of its procurement policy with the aim of ending the "Feast or Famine" environment that has seen the devastation of the UK Train Build and supply chain industries.
Bob Rixham, Amicus Lead Industrial Officer for the Rail industry stated

"Amicus is concerned that the unprecedented level of Government funding is not benefiting the UK economy or workers, as a significant amount of the Government money is funding the building of trains outside the UK".
"Looking to the replacement of the inter city High Speed Train fleet. Amicus believes the UK technical expertise associated with this program must not be lost."

Amicus is calling on Government to ensure that UK based train builders and supply chain industries are integral to future rail procurement. A strategic review is needed with input from industry stake holders - DfT, Network Rail, rail companies and trades unions.

It is vital that a procurement policy that is fit for purpose is agreed, benefiting the UK economy, industry, tax payers and the workforce.

Contact Information

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    Ciaran Naidoo
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