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Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) responds to Eurostar sell off

13.10.2014  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For further information and media requests: Contact: Ellie O’Hagan E: ellie.ohagan@classonline.org.uk T: 0207 611 2571


Responding to the sell-off of the train operator Eurostar, Chair of Class Steve Hart said:

“It is absurd that the UK government is selling off the Eurostar when it is profitable. Rail infrastructure is fundamental to the success of our economy. The French government knows this, which is why it is not selling off its half of the Eurostar.

“Three quarters of UK railways are now foreign-owned. The UK is seriously out of step with the rest of the world, where many countries are bringing key services back into public ownership.”

In July of this year, Class released a paper by renowned public services expert Professor Andrew Cumbers exploring new models of public ownership, including rail companies across Europe.

You can download and read the paper in full here: http://classonline.org.uk/pubs/item/renewing-public-ownership

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Notes to Editors:

1. The Centre for Labour and Social Studies (Class) is a new think tank established in 2012 by Unite the Union, GMB and the Institute of Employment Rights to act as a centre for left debate and discussion and has the growing support of a number of trade Unions including ASLEF, CWU, FEU, GFTU, NUT, PCS, PFA, TSSA, UCATT, MU, NUM, BFAWU and UCU. Originating in the labour movement, Class is working with a broad coalition of supporters, academics and experts to develop and advance alternative policies for today. http://classonline.org.uk/about/panel

2. A reference to the statistic regarding ownership of Britain’s railways can be found here: http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-10-13/three-quarters-of-uk-railways-are-owned-by-foreign-firms/

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