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13 August 2017
RMT Press Office:
Rail fares rising almost twice as fast as wages but service and staff cuts mean passengers are “paying more for less” says RMT.
Rail fares have increased at twice the speed of wages since 2010, according to new analysis released today by the RMT on the eve of the Government announcement on the latest fare hike.
The analysis shows that rail fares have risen by around 32% in eight years, while average weekly earnings have only grown by 16%.
The rises mean for example that a new nurse or police officer commuting from Chelmsford to London, where annual season tickets would cost £4000 after the latest rise, would pay twenty per cent of their salary on an annual season ticket.
The findings come as the government is set to announce another round of regulated rail fare hikes for the coming year tomorrow (15th August).
Rail workers will be protesting at the stations around the country on August 15th (see below). They will be warning that passengers are paying “more for less” because even as fares rise rail engineering work is being delayed or cancelled, skilled railway jobs are being lost and staff are being cut on trains, stations and ticket offices.
The events, will include photo and media opportunities with banners calling for reduced fares, public ownership and protection of jobs.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said
“Government policy of suppressing workers’ wages while at the same time presiding over corporate welfare on our privatized railway has resulted in a toxic combination of fare rises easily outstripping wages.
“The private operators and government say the rises are necessary to fund investment but the reality is that they are pocketing the profits while passengers are paying more for less
with rail engineering work being delayed or cancelled, skilled railway jobs being lost and staff cut on trains, stations and at ticket offices.”
Protests round the country listed below
London Kings Cross 8-9.30 am
(Photo stunt with Teresa May masked campaigners with fares twice as fast as wages placards)
Birmingham New St
Watford 7-9 am
Inverkeithing 6-8 am
Kirkcady 6-8 am
Dunfermline 1-4 pm
Newcastle Central 8-9 am
Leeds 6-10 am
Chester 7-9.30 am
Doncaster 8-9.30 am
Brighton and Hove
Edinburgh 8-10 am
Glasgow Central 7.30-9 am
Birmingham Snow Hill 4-6 pm
Hastings 5.30-7.30 pm
Ulverston 6.30-9.30 am
Barrow 6.30-10.00 am
Bristol Temple Meads 7-9 am
Plymouth 7-9 am
Cardiff Central 7-9 am
Paddington 7-9 am
Exeter St David’s 7-9 am
Ipswich 6-10 am
Amersham 6-8.30 am
Burton on Trent 3.30-5.30 pm
Berwick 8-12 noon
Liverpool Lime Street 7-9 am
Manchester Piccadilly 7-9 am
Preston 4-6 pm
Moorfields (Merseyrail) 7-9 am
Walsall 4.30-6.30 pm
Dover Priory 4-7 pm
Wage / Fare calculation below
Av Weekly Earnings
RPI inflation total pay, GB (seasonally adjusted)
monthly % change monthly % change
Year to Jul 2010 4.8 + 1* 105.8 1.7 101.7
Year to Jul 2011 5 + 1* 112.148 2.8 104.5476
Year to Jul 2012 3.2 + 1* 116.85821 1.5 106.115814
Year to Jul 2013 3.1 120.48081 0.7 106.8586247
Year to Jul 2014 2.5 123.49283 0.4 107.2860592
Year to Jul 2015 1 124.72775 3.6 111.1483573
Year to Jul 2016 1.9 127.09757 2.4 113.8159179
Year to May 2017 3.7 131.80018 1.8 115.8646044
*in those years fare increase was RPI plus 1%
Source: ONS consumer prices statistics, average weekly earnings data (https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/datasets/averageweeklyearningsearn01) and RMT calculations. Calculations are based on RPI and average weekly earnings.
- Figures for 2016 rail fares are based on regulated rail fares only, which are set by the government.
“Fully qualified nurses start on salaries of £22,128 https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/adult-nurse
The starting salary for police constables in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is between £19,383 and £22,962.