The BBC has reported that Northern Rail has received £11million more in taxpayer subsidies than was previously announced. The company’s annual financial statement also demonstrates a sharp fall in annual profits. Northern rail has stated that the extra subsidies were owing to changes in government policy but the RMT has criticised the government’s decision. A spokesperson for the Department for Transport said that the RMT were holding “needless strikes” which “have nothing to do with jobs or safety,” but are “deliberately causing maximum disruption for passengers and damaging local economies.”
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