13 January 2014
Following confirmation on Friday of a 77% yes vote for action in the fight over jobs, safety and services, and the announcement of two 48 hours strikes on the 4th and 11th February and three days of revenue action in February, tube union RMT has today set out the first steps in plans to jack up political and public support for the “Every Job Matters” campaign.
Demonstration opposite Parliament - Wednesday 15th January 2014
(10.00 – 11.00, Old Palace Yard)
The demonstration will take place prior to an urgent parliamentary debate on the tubes cuts crisis secured by the Convenor of RMT’s parliamentary group John McDonnell MP
Public Meeting “Stop the Tube Cuts” – Thursday 16th January
(18.30, Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, Holborn)
Speakers at public meeting: Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary; Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary; Jeremy Corbyn MP; Lianna Etkind, Transport for All; Ciara Doyle, Disabled People against the Cuts; Ron Douglas, President, National Pensioners Convention; Jenny Jones, Greater London Assembly Member
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“RMT members on London Underground have voted by a massive majority for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute which is wholly about cash-led cuts plans that would see the axing of nearly a thousand safety critical jobs and the closure of ticket offices at a time when the tube network is under growing pressure from customer demand and needs more staff and not less to ensure safe and efficient operation.
“On Friday RMT announced a two week phase of industrial action aimed at stopping these appalling cuts but we have made it clear all along that we will use every political and public campaigning tool at our disposal alongside the industrial campaign. That really kicks in this week with the parliamentary debate and protest and the public rally.
“Londoners’ need to be clear that these cuts would hit the vulnerable, the elderly, those with disabilities and women the hardest. De-staffing stations, with supervisors running operations three stops down the line on an IPad, would turn the tube system into a criminals paradise where those with violence and robbery on their minds are given a clear run.”
John McDonnell MP said;
"We are taking RMT's campaign on the threatened ticket closures to Parliament. Many MPs are expressing their concern at these drastic cuts in staffing. They know that this will not only undermine the quality of the service but will also increase the risk to passengers travelling on our network. We are urging the Mayor to see sense and pull back from this attack on our members jobs and on the travelling public."