December 11, 2013
Randazzo announces nationalisation of Sarmiento railway
Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo declared today that the Sarmiento line would now be operated by state authorities, and also announced new security measures including breathalyser and psychophysical exams implemented by the National Air Force.
Randazzo revealed that on the day of the recent Once crash, which left almost 100 injured, the private unit in charge of physicals had “only carried out the breathalyser tests, without doing the rest of them, which were eventually reimplemented a day after the crush”.
According to the Minister, union representatives explained this oversight “invoking an agreement between the company and the workers”. In that sense, Randazzo urged the employees “to help us. We are on your side, and we stand before an historic opportunity”.
Finally, Randazzo spoke to the families of the wounded ones saying that “we understand your pain, which we know is unexplainable”.
The Sarmiento line will come under state control from tomorrow onwards, and is the latest in a spate of nationalisations in the national and regional train network.