RMT steps up Christmas fight for Northern/TPE services

RMT steps up Christmas fight for Northern/TPE services

5 December 2014

RMT Press Office

RAIL UNION RMT is stepping up its Christmas campaign against the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express franchise carve up as it was confirmed that the union has secured a major victory over cuts to services and as Durham and Doncaster become the latest local authorities to line up against the Government’s proposals.

As a result of RMT’s long running battle, the union has now heard from the Transport Department that they intend to maintain the Transpennine Express Services between Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport and that these services will be in the Transpennine Express franchise specification – a massive breakthrough achieved by members of RMT South Humberside Branch through their efforts to protect these essential services as part of the wider RMT Northern and Transpennine franchise campaigns.

As a result the union has committed to re-doubling the fight to defend other Trans- Pennine routes still under threat - those services to Blackpool, Scarborough, Barrow-in-Furness and Windermere are crucial to the passengers and communities they serve and the overall economy of the North of England.

In the past few days RMT has received confirmation that the big local authorities in both Durham and Doncaster have become the latest the back the campaign against the Northern and TPE franchise threats to jobs, services and safety.

Out on the streets the Chritsmas offensive, gathering support from the public, continues. The latest 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.

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

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

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

DONCASTER
MONDAY 8th DECEMBER 2014
07.30 - 09.15
Meet Outside Doncaster Railway Station

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

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

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

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

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

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

MANCHESTER CITY CENTRE
SUNDAY 14th DECEMBER 2014
11.00 - 14.00
Meet Outside the Arndale Centre, Manchester - Market Street Entrance -near Boots Chemist

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

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” in his Autumn Statement 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:

“The big news on the fight over the future of rail services across the entire North is that we are winning. The victory over the Cleethorpes and Manchester Airport route is entirely down to the hard work of RMT members and their supporters and proves conclusively that campaigning wins. We also welcome the important strategic support of local authorities in Durham and Doncaster who have joined a growing number of councils backing this fight.
 
“While George Osborne has been spouting 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. We may have won on one important route but the wider battle is far from over.
 
"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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