Today, Wednesday 8 October 2014, the European Transport Ministers are discussing the so-called political pillar of the 4th Railway package. The Ministers will discuss the Commission’s proposal for market opening of national rail passenger services, for submitting all rail passenger public services to competitive tendering and for further restrictions and splitting up integrated railway companies.
In parallel with the meeting of the European Transport Ministers, the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is organising a protest action, a picket line at Kirchberg in Luxemburg, to demand the rejection of the Commission’s proposals.
The ETF will hand over a petition to the European Transport Ministers with the following demands:
“We do not want to see the railway sector turned into another opportunity for private actors to make profits” stresses Sabine Trier, ETF Deputy General Secretary. “Europe needs affordable, accessible, quality railway services for the people. The 4th Railway Package will not bring any of this. There is a direct link between the quality of services and the quality of jobs: enhanced competition will inevitably lead to cost-cutting measures, increasing the pressure on working conditions and on employment.”
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