Outrage at rail fares hike
November 30, 2011 by Gareth
Union members involved with running rail services in the UK have handed out posters to commuters warning of a huge hike in the price of rail fares planned to happen by 2015.
Members of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association have warned commuters that season ticket prices will rise by potentially thousands of pounds over coming years as government ministers struggle to keep fares down due to rises in tax and fuel, amongst other things.
The posters feature images of the David Cameron, the Prime Minister; Nick Clegg and George Osbourne and bears the words:
“Enough is enough. It’s time to tell the Government to stop this unfair stealth tax on passengers.”
The leader of the Transport Salaried Staffs Association, Manuel Cortes, released a statement, saying:
“It is simply outrageous that passengers who rely on rail to get to work should be held to ransom every year by ministers. Here we are in the worst recession in living memory and passengers are expected to find huge sums of money when their pay is being frozen or hardly rising at all. We want them to join us in telling Cameron and Clegg that enough is enough. Why should they have to pay these stealth taxes when fares are already the highest in Europe?”
Cortes speaks on behalf of many rail workers who feel the price rises are unfair and unjustified and the anger of the campaign is being conveyed to commuters by the medium of poster printing.
The Norwich to London fare for an annual ticket will rise by almost £2,000 alongside other fares, with an 8% increase planned over all fares.