RMT launches "12 Days of Christmas" events

RMT launches

2 December 2014

RMT Press Office: Photo © Jess Hurd / RMT

RAIL UNION RMT today launches its “12 Days of Christmas” initiative against the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express franchise carve up – starting in Lancaster today and spreading out across the rest of the North in the run up to the Christmas break.

The schedule of events is set out as follows, with RMT promising lively demonstrations and post-card distribution as part of the union’s on-going campaign against the threat to jobs, services and safety bound up in the Government and Rail North’s proposals for both the new Northern and TPE franchises:

1 - *LANCASTER
TUESDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2014
16.00 - 18.00
Meet Outside Lancaster Railway Station

2 - *GRIMSBY
SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014
07.45 - 10.45
Meet Outside Grimsby Town Railway Station

3 - *CARLISLE
SATURDAY 6th DECEMBER 2014
12.00 - 14.00
Meet Outside Carlisle Citadel Railway Station

4 - *WAKEFIELD WESTGATE
MONDAY 8th DECEMBER 2014
07.00 - 0900
Meet Outside Wakefield Westgate Station

5 - *LANCASTER
TUESDAY 9th DECEMBER 2014
16.00 - 18.00
Meet Outside Lancaster Railways Station

6 - *PRESTON
WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER 2014
17.15 - 19.15
Meet Outside Preston Railway Station

7 - *WIGAN
THURSDAY 11th DECEMBER 2014
17.00 - 19.30
Meet Outside Wigan Wallgate Railway Station

8 - *ROTHERHAM
FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER 2014
11.00 - 13.00
Meet Outside Rotherham Railway Station

9 - *BARNSLEY
FRIDAY 12th DECEMBER 2014
14.30 - 16.30
Meet Outside Barnsley Railway Station

10 - *HULL
SATURDAY 13th DECEMBER 2014
09.30 - 11.30
Meet Outside the front of Hull Paragon Railway Station

11 - *SUNDERLAND
THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER 2014
11.00 - 13.00
Meet Outside Sunderland Railway Station (Taxi Rank Entrance)

12 - *NEWCASTLE CENTRAL STATION
THURSDAY 18th DECEMBER 2014
15.45 - 18.00
Meet Outside Newcastle Central Station


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”.
 
RMT has also pointed out the rank hypocrisy of Government ministers, particularly Chancellor George Osborne, talking up plans for a “Northern Powerhouse” and for an un-costed and vague proposal for a northern “HS3” service, light years off in the future, while at the same time their current franchise plans on existing routes would rip apart services, jobs and safety.
 
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
 
“While George Osborne revs up for yet another stream of rhetoric about a “Northern Powerhouse” in his autumn statement, RMT activists and our supporters in the community will be out in force across the region marking “12 Days of Christmas” with a renewal of our fight against the rail franchise carve up.
 
"Our message is clear, the fight to stop the outrageous attack on jobs, safety and services under the Northern and TPE franchise plans continues right up to and beyond the festive season and the union is sending out the clearest possible signal to George Osborne, his Government and Rail North that they need to scrap this attack on transport operations.

“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.”
 
 
ENDS

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