GMB SLAMS ‘COMMUTER TAX’ AS RAIL FARES SET TO RISE 36% SINCE 2010

GMB SLAMS ‘COMMUTER TAX’ AS RAIL FARES SET TO RISE 36% SINCE 2010

Posted 15 August, 2018 at 20:26

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of Pronounce Concierge Service


Union says eye watering rise proves deck is stacked against working people

Rail fares will rise by 3.2% in January, following the ONS’s announcement of the July RPI rate.

The announcement means that the average price of regulated rail fares, such as season tickets, will have risen by 36% since 2010. [1]

The increase in travel prices is significantly above forecast average wage growth of 2.4% next year. [2]

Tim Roache, GMB General Secretary said:

"Millions of passengers face a grim start to the New Year when they are forced to pay even more extortionate prices for a frankly shocking service from the privatised rail companies.

"Rising travel costs, effectively a commuter tax, place an intolerable burden on working people, especially when wage rates don’t keep pace.

"The annual price hike seems to be the only part of the privatised railway that always runs as scheduled. Today’s announcement proves once again that the deck is stacked against ordinary working people."

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