20 October 2014
RMT Press Office: Photo © Jess Hurd / RMT
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed the latest phase of the on-going campaign against cuts to rail jobs and services bound up in the Government’s proposals for the future of the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express franchises as the organisation gears up for the lobby of parliament on November 4th.
Last month RMT launched a new post card campaign pointing out to passengers that the shock abolition of a wide range of off-peak fares is a taste of what’s to come under the new Northern and Trans-Pennine Express franchises. The union has slammed the Government and Northern Rail for secretly colluding to axe off-peak fares, along with jobs and key services, purely in the name of private profit.
RMT has blasted the franchise moves as “a kick in the teeth for the travelling public and staff alike on Northern and Trans-Pennine Express franchises , reinforcing the importance of the community standing alongside rail workers in the fight to stop the destruction of rail services right across the North”.
On November 4th trade unionists from across the Northern and TPE, along with supporters from the community, will take their case against the franchise plans in a major lobby of parliament - details below.
The latest postcard drive, following on from the 10,000 cards collected in opposition to the plans under the franchise consultation, is being rolled-out widely across the region with the public urged to pressure MP’s to sign EDM 174, opposing the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express proposals, and calling for Councillors and Local Authorities to register their opposition.
This week's RMT campaigning events are -
TUESDAY 21st OCTOBER 2014
16.00 - 18.00 Meet outside Bradford Interchange.
CLEETHORPES HIGH STREET -
FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2014
08.00hrs - 11.00hrs - Meet outside Sainsbury's Store - Cleethorpes High Street.
Further dates will be added in the coming weeks and follow nearly 50 events organised by RMT during the formal consultation period compared to a pitiful 5 organised by the Department for Transport and their cheerleaders in the shadowy “Rail North” organisation.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
"The fight to stop the outrageous carve up of jobs and services under the Northern and TPE franchise plans is gathering pace by the day and is sending out the clearest possible message to the Government and Rail North that they need to scrap this attack on transport services. On November 4th we will be taking that message to Parliament in a major lobby of the politicians who can halt this scandalous assault on the North in its tracks.
“Let’s not forget that the core of the Government’s future plans for Northern and TPE is to axe jobs, restrict services, throw the guards off the trains and jack up fares while capacity to meet surging rail demand in the area is left to stagnate. That attack on the fare-paying public has already begun with the abolition of a wide range of off-peak fares and only an all-out and coordinated fight can stop the savage assault on rail in the North.”