Circular No: NP/241/19
To: all RMT branches with station staff members and all station staff reps including Tier 2 and Health and Safety reps
4th November 2019
NEW DATE - Staff our Stations – Reps Campaigning Meeting – Thursday 16th January
Further to my circular NP/206/19 of 17th October 2019, due to the General Election now taking place on 12th December, the date of the Staff our Stations reps meeting has changed to Thursday 16th January. The time and location of the meeting remain the same.
As part of the Staff Our Stations campaign, the NEC has instructed me to arrange a high profile meeting of station staff reps including Tier 2 and Health and Safety reps and branches that represent station staff. Station staffing is under increasing attack from the private train companies which are attempting to close ticket offices and cut hours and staffing at stations.
These cuts are about profit, not passengers. RMT members will know only too well that certain groups of passengers such as disabled and elderly passengers are particularly disadvantaged by cuts to station staffing. Your Union is clear that it will campaign visibly and rigorously against attempts by train companies to de-staff stations.
This important meeting will be an opportunity for RMT station staff reps from around the UK to build the Staff our Stations campaign.
This meeting is taking place on Thursday 16th January at 1-4pm at the Indian YMCA, 41 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 6AQ.
All station staff reps, including Tier 2 and Health and Safety reps and branch activists which have station staff members are encouraged to attend.
Speakers at the event will include RMT officials, a disabled rights activist, a passenger campaigner, a National Pensioners Convention member and an MP.
There will be a panel discussion followed by a campaigning meeting focusing on how reps and activists can build on this campaign in their branches and regions.
Where possible, reps wishing to attend the event should attempt to secure release in order to attend the meeting. Where this is refused, they should approach their branch regarding reimbursement for loss of earnings. Expenses for attending this event is a legitimate use of branch funds.
PLEASE REGISTER FOR THE EVENT ONLINE HERE – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/staffourstations
If you have already registered for the meeting, you do not need to re-register.
Please forward any enquires about this event to Sophie Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Further details will be circulated nearer the time.