15 January 2018
RMT Press Office:
RMT calls on London Mayor to take Carillion’s London rail contracts into direct TfL ownership
RAIL UNION RMT has today called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to take immediate measures to bring Carillion’s London rail contract work into direct public ownership through Transport for London with guaranteed protection for the workforce, their jobs, pay, conditions and their pensions.
Staff working on the Carillion contracts carry out a range of safety critical signalling, power, maintenance, cleaning and track works on Crossrail, the East London Line Extension, Heathrow Express and London Overground.
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
“We have written to Sadiq Khan today urging him to step in as a matter of urgency and take the Carillion London rail operations into public ownership with jobs, pensions and the essential safety-critical work protected.
“When Metronet collapsed on London Underground immediate moves were made to maintain the functions under public ownership to ensure safety and continuity. The Carillion situation is no different and RMT is seeking to move this forward as a matter of urgency.”
Copy of letter to Sadiq Khan below.
Our Ref: NP/R3/2/MC/18
15 January 2018
Mayor of London
The Queen's Walk,
Urgent: Carillion crisis and the impact on London’s rail network
I am writing to you regarding the current situation with Carillion, and in particular the situation faced by many RMT members employed by Carillion in London.
RMT believes that the same workforce can continue to perform rail renewals and maintenance activities in London as is the case on Crossrail, the East London Line Extension, Heathrow Express and London Overground. I believe such activities are essential both to public safety and also to the wider economy, and that in order to ensure they are undertaken as necessary should immediately be brought under the ownership of Transport for London.
RMT’s absolute priority at this stage is our members jobs and their pension rights. The workers caught in the middle of this financial meltdown at Carillion are not responsible for the crisis and they should have protection and guarantees from the Government including an assurance that all operations in London will be directly transferred over to Transport for London with all jobs, pensions and rights safe guarded. That is the very least we would expect.
On that basis I am writing to request an urgent meeting to discuss the current crisis, its impact on the workforce, and how best we can safeguard both the future of the railway workforce, the safety of passengers, and indeed, London’s rail network itself.