British rail workers will today complete a country-wide march to press for the renationalisation of their industry, claiming strong public backing for their campaign.
Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport union will stage a rally in London to mark the end of a two week protest against rail privatisation.
Union activists left Glasgow two weeks ago and have marched through 14 towns and cities, where they received a “great reception” from the public.
Bob Crow, general secretary of the RMT said: “The message they have received, loud and clear, all along the way, is that Britain wants a publicly owned railway. There is a huge rail rebate to be had from bringing rail back into the public sector.”
The plan, including renationalisation of both main line and Tube services, would “usher in a golden age for public transport”, the RMT said.
The union called for an immediate windfall tax on the “excess profits” of train rolling stock companies.
It also said that the whole of current rail structure, including the private train companies and Network Rail should come back into public ownership.