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#31
(01/09/2016, 14:12)Andreos1 Wrote: £20m of public funds set aside to support the GTR network.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37245163

*shakes head and is left rendered speechless*

Edit: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...20051.html The Independent have taken a slightly impartial view on the matter.

A day after it was revealed a £20m bailout from the Government.
This is announced - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37253789

http://www.go-ahead.com/en/investors/ful...entre.html

Huge profits across the Go-ahead Group (which owns 65% of the Govia train division).
£57m declared profit in rail division.
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#32
(02/09/2016, 10:53)Andreos1 Wrote: A day after it was revealed a £20m bailout from the Government.
This is announced - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37253789

http://www.go-ahead.com/en/investors/ful...entre.html

Huge profits across the Go-ahead Group (which owns 65% of the Govia train division).
£57m declared profit in rail division.

But only £57m on revenue of over £2billion, so not that much really, was it only 2.6%?
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#33
(02/09/2016, 19:49)citaro5284 Wrote: But only £57m on revenue of over £2billion, so not that much really, was it only 2.6%?

Obviously not enough to afford £20m of improvements on the Southern network.
800k towards new staff and they cant cover that out of £57m...
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#34
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37560173

After Twitter furore, another 'huge PR gaffe' by Southern.
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#35
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37650531

Report published by Transport Select Committee, with ministers urged to "get a grip'  on the monitoring of rail franchise agreements.
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#36
Has anyone seen Chris Grayling's latest suggestion?
Banning strikes on the railway.

Even is own MP colleagues are looking for him to be sacked from the role
http://www.gregfoxsmith.co.uk/?p=1158
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#37
(13/12/2016, 19:33)Andreos1 Wrote: Has anyone seen Chris Grayling's latest suggestion?
Banning strikes on the railway.

Even is own MP colleagues are looking for him to be sacked from the role
http://www.gregfoxsmith.co.uk/?p=1158

On what grounds? You can't just outlaw strike action because it causes disruption. It's met the criteria for the worst anti-TU laws in Europe, yet still not good enough for the Government.

To be honest, I don't think it'd stop the Southern drivers anyway. It'd just mean more wildcat strikes. POA members walked out a few weeks ago, and they're banned from striking.
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(13/12/2016, 20:12)Adrian Wrote: On what grounds? You can't just outlaw strike action because it causes disruption. It's met the criteria for the worst anti-TU laws in Europe, yet still not good enough for the Government.

To be honest, I don't think it'd stop the Southern drivers anyway. It'd just mean more wildcat strikes. POA members walked out a few weeks ago, and they're banned from striking.
I have no idea.
There's various quotes kicking around, none of which do him any favours.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...71341.html

https://www.theguardian.com/business/201...e-nonsense

Quite how he would manage to implement it amongst employees of privately owned companies, is anyone's guess. If they were employed by the state, then thats obviously a different kettle of fish. But we all know that wont happen under a tory watch.

The man is a buffoon, his previous record and his letter to Johnson about TfL sums up his attitude.
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#39
As strike continues, an interesting perspective on media and Government spin - http://touchstoneblog.org.uk/2017/01/won...Mo.twitter
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