The campaign will focus on five key areas to: * Save Our Services * Save Our Guards * Save Our Station Staff * Save Our Engineers * Save Our Cleaning & Maintenance teams
The new Northern Rail franchise was awarded to Arriva (ultimately owned by German state railway Deutsche Bahn) from 1 April 2016. The new franchise includes a commitment to switch some routes to Driver Only Operation. This would allow trains to be operated with only one member of staff - the driver.
The campaign has come about as a result of the recent Department of Transport announcement regarding the future of train service throughout the West Midlands and West Coast routes. The Union believes that government plans represent a clear danger in form of: reduced service levels; reduced passenger safety; increased fares; introduction of Driver Only Operation (DOO); cuts to staffing; reduced safety standards; an attack on terms and conditions of employment; slashing of pension benefits; reduced mobility and access; limited investment in new rolling stock or maintenance, to be followed by the habitual introduction of a casualised workforce.
The campaign will focus on five key areas to:
* Save Our Services
* Save Our Guards
* Save Our Station Staff
* Save Our Engineers
* Save Our Cleaning & Maintenance teams