End of the Line. The Fate of British Railways Under Thatcher
London England, Verso, 1984. 1st Paperback Edition, Binding: Soft Cover, Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 0860917770 Paperback Paperback. Margaret Thatcher has not travelled by trains since becoming Prime Minister. She makes no sectet of her hostility to publicly owned transport. The railways are the prime target in a campaign of privatization. Whole areas of the country already lack an access to passenger trains. The author here presents a cool demolition of Thatcher's case agains public transport. By first establishing on clear economic and environmental grounds that a state system is more efficient and equitable, he goes on to outline the consequences of privatization and compares British Rail's Corporate Plan with the alternative strategy sponsored by the rail unions. The history of struggles for decent wages and improved conditions is described, and the effects of the divisions among the unions assessed, issues such as flexible rostering, which has been the subject of intense debate, are expalained aginast the background of a fall in rail-workers' stands of living. The Serpent Report, blueprint for the first phase of Thatcher's campaign, is criticised in the light of its failure to meet basic transport needs. And detailed comparisons with Continetal railway systems show how BR has been handicapped by successive governments. This will be an essential book for all users and workers concerned with the future of railways in Britain. 208 pp.
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Keywords: Non Fiction Fate British Railways Under Thatcher Public Transport Politics Privatization