Cut Fares Not Staff / New Year Fare Increase Protests

Head Office Circular No. NP/248/15                                             Monday 14th December 2015

To the Secretary all Branches,
Council of Executive members,
Regional Councils and Regional Offices.

Dear Colleagues,


On 1st January rail fares will again increase when hard working people are already being fleeced and yet are still no better off than they were before the financial crash.

To mark this occasion RMT - together with Action for Rail (AfR) will be holding a number of protests and leafleting at stations across the country. This will take place on Monday 4th January and on the 5th January in Scotland - the first day back at work for most people after the fare rise and significant media interest is expected. At all events we will be highlighting that while fares are going up again, there are still massive cuts being proposed to railway staff jobs and services, all to feed private company profits. We will be echoing Jeremy Corbyn’s wish to see a nationally owned public railway working in the interest of passengers and not just for a few shareholders.

Stations being organised by RMT are Doncaster, Birmingham Termini, Burton on Trent, Worcester, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Carlisle, Bristol Temple Meads,Cardiff Station, Scarborough, Kings Cross, Paddington, Glasgow and Edinburgh.  It is important that these media focused events are as large as possible in order to demonstrate the strength of opposition to Government plans for further cuts to jobs and services whilst fares continue to exceed inflation and wages. Timings to be confirmed or as per link below.

Other stations where protests will happen can also be found here:

Please claim the date in your diary now. Further information will be circulated once all arrangements and timings are confirmed.

Yours sincerely,
Mick Cash
General Secretary