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Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Metronet Debacle

Workers from Metronet facing redundancies, following its demise last week, are urging the prime minister to bring its contracts back into the public sector.

When Gordon Brown was Chancellor he bulldozed the Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative through, despite fierce opposition, this was the scheme under which Metronet bid for its contracts.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow has asked for infrastructure work to be the control of London Underground.

In a letter to Brown, Crow said:

"The collapse of Metronet means there has to be a fundamental rethink on how the London Underground infrastructure is maintained and renewed.

We support the view of the Mayor of London that infrastructure work should be taken back in-house under the control of London Underground
."

Brown will have to make quite a political contortion, something that he is not prone to do, if he is to meet the desires of the Metronet workers; ie it won't happen.

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