RMT - National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers

02/11/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 02/11/2020 08:08

RMT on Government's HS2 announcement

RAIL UNION RMT has warned that the Government will fail to hit the HS2 targets set out today if it doesn't address decades of under investment in skills and training as a matter of urgency.

RMT has called for the setting up of a jobs and skills taskforce with the union's at its core which will map the scale of the deficit and set out a plan of action to deliver HS2 and other projects.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;

'It is welcome news to finally see the Government recognise the benefits that high speed rail will bring and commit to the HS2 project. However RMT Union is concerned that after decades of under investment in the very skills, training and workforce planning we need to fully deliver the HS2 project that the Government will continue to be asleep at the wheel of this project.

'To address this shortage this Government must urgently set up a skills taskforce with unions at its core to address this deficit and fully deliver the project. If they do that not only will HS2 improve the wider rail network for passengers, HS2 is the once in a generation opportunity to build the jobs, training and apprenticeships to serve the wider rail industry well into the future.'

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