The RMT has written to the Government demanding that guards and buffet cars
be retained on all intercity services, with all train maintenance retained in-house.
The union has been seeking assurances about staffing levels, jobs, buffet car
facilities and maintenance on the new Super Express trains.
First Great Western, whose current franchise ends in 2015 but has been offered a new deal that will run for at least three and a half years after, says it has no current plans to remove buffet cars
from trains RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "This Government of the rich, for the rich and by the rich now intend to introduce an upstairs-downstairs service on Britain's long haul rail services which would condemn the vast majority to pay through the nose to travel in rammed-out carriages where the catering trolley is jammed at one end while the elite glide through the country like extras from Downton Abbey.
A First Great Western spokesman said there are currently no plans to remove buffet cars
from trains, and highlighted to the return of Pullman dining services in South Wales.
The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said it was opposed to any moves to cut buffet cars
, on-board staff and maintenance workers on First Great Western and East Coast services.
A LEADING rail union is warning of industrial action over the introduction of new trains it said could lead to the axing of guards and buffet cars
The decision by First Great Western to do away with their buffet cars
is a sad sign of the times.
The employee-owned grocer, part of the John Lewis Partnership, will supply all standard-class buffet cars
across the entire Eurostar fleet with hot and cold food including mushroom risotto, chicken tikka masala, classic British sandwiches and croque monsieur grilled cheese and ham sandwiches.
Removing the buffet cars
will also bring savings on fuel and train-leasing costs.
The franchise deal allows First to axe buffet cars
from high-speed services under 200 miles.