Thursday, November 10, 2011

And so it starts....UK Rail workers ordered to learn German so they can understand instructions for new track equipment from overseas

Railway workers are being made to take German lessons so they can understand safety instructions, it was revealed today.

But forcing engineers to work in a language they are not familiar with presents 'blindingly obvious' dangers to passenger safety, according to the Rail Maritime and Transport union.

Staff on a recent course in Kent were told they had to learn 21 jargon-heavy German phrases relating to instructions on hi-tech track equipment.

The edict comes at a time when rail franchises are being taken over by Germany's state-owned train company.

Rail giant Deutsche Bahn has recently acquired the Grand Central franchise, opening up an opportunity to use EU rules to start running services on the east and west coast. Read More