3 October 2014
RMT Press Office
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.
Last month RMT launched a new post card campaign pointing out to passengers that the shock abolition 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”.
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. Liverpool City Council have already come out decisively against the cuts with others set to follow.
The latest list of RMT campaigning events is -
WAKEFIELD KIRKGATE STATION
TUESDAY 7th OCTOBER 2014
07.30hrs -09.00hrs - Meet Outside Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station
LEEDS CITY STATION
WEDNESDAY 8th OCTOBER 2014
16.00hrs - 18.00hrs - Meet Outside Leeds City Station.
MANCHESTER OXFORD ROAD STATION
WEDNESDAY 8th OCTOBER 2014
15.00hrs - 18.00hrs - Meet Outside Manchester Oxford Road Station
BARROW-IN-FURNESS RAILWAY STATION
FRIDAY 10th OCTOBER 2014
09.30hrs - 13.30hrs - Meet Outside
Barrow-in-Furness Railway Station
GRIMSBY TOWN RAILWAY STATION -
SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER 2014
08.00hrs - 11.00hrs - Meet outside Grimsby Town Railway Station
SHEFFIELD RAILWAY STATION
MONDAY 13th OCTOBER 2014
15.30hrs - 17.30hrs - Meet Outside Sheffield Railway Station
WIGAN WALLGATE RAILWAY STATION
WEDNESDAY 15th OCTOBER 2014
17.15hrs - 19.15hrs - Meet Outside Wigan Wallgate Railway Station (this event is taking place before the scheduled RMT Wigan Branch Meeting).
CLEETHORPES HIGH STREET -
FRIDAY 24TH OCTOBER 2014
08.00hrs - 11.00hrs - Meet outside Sainsbury's Store - Cleethorpes High Street
Further events 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.
“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 off-peak fares and only an all-out and coordinated fight can stop the savage assault on rail in the North.
“RMT today launches the next phase of the fight to both inform the public and fight the savage cuts being lined up for these Northern rail franchises and to get MP’s signed up to EDM 174 opposing this carve-up. It is absolutely essential now that we keep up the pressure.”