Parliamentary Demo: Stop Grinch Shapps stealing South Western Railway services

Head Office Circular: NP/436
1st December 2021
To: The Secretary
ALL BRANCHES
REGIONAL COUNCILS

Dear Colleague,

Parliamentary Demo: Stop Grinch Shapps stealing South Western Railway services

RMT Union is organising a demo outside the UK Parliament on Wednesday 15th December 2021 at 1pm at Old Palace Yard to protest the cuts being proposed on South Western Railway (SWR) from December 2022.

SWR and Network Rail are proposing to make swingeing cuts to services across the SWR Network using the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover to reduce services and launch an attack on jobs and conditions.

SWR and Network Rail consulted over the Summer and are proposing cutting:

A total of 13 per cent of high peak trains per hour to London.
A total of 14 per cent of Off-peak trains per hour to London.
A total of 14 per cent of Main Suburban AM peak trains per hour to London.
A total of 14 per cent of Main Suburban off peak trains per hour to London.

These cuts to services are regressive and entirely short-sighted. In the year that the UK hosted vital climate talks at COP26 cutting rail services is sending a terrible message that public transport is expendable and not part of the solution to the climate crisis.

Almost 3,000 of us responded to the consultation rejecting the cuts and we are now 12 months away from these cuts being implemented and we need to send a strong and clear message that we will not accept and cuts to railway services or attacks on pay or conditions.

Please join us on Wednesday 15th December at 1pm at Old Palace Yard and circulate to all members and encourage them to attend.

Yours sincerely

 


Michael Lynch
General Secretary