Sign the RMT petition to protect catering jobs on South Western Railway
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The rail operator South Western Railway (SWR) has, with no prior notice, terminated its on-board catering contract with the provider Elior. This decision means more than 130 staff employed to provide on-board catering on SWR services have been told they will be made redundant on 17th January.
RMT believes that SWR’s decision shows complete contempt for these workers and for passengers, and is concerned it is an attempt to remove the catering provision from SWR services by stealth. This would significantly worsen the passenger experience.
Since March 2020, South Western Railway’s operations have been fully funded by the Government with public money, under an Emergency Measures Agreement and now an Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement. The terms of the ERMA permit the paying of a ‘management fee’ which can be used to fund profits and make dividend payments.
SWR says that it consulted the Department for Transport (DfT) over the decision. RMT is calling on the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP to intervene and reverse this decision, to protect all jobs and ensure the provision of catering on SWR services is maintained.
Please sign and share RMT’s petition calling on the Government to reverse this decision and protect all catering jobs and services on SWR.