8 May 2014
RMT Press Office
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today pledged full support for the campaign to reinstate the right to free travel for pensioners and disabled people across South Yorkshire – rights that are being stripped away in what the union believes is part of a national drive to eliminate free travel in the name of cuts and austerity.
On Saturday May 17th the Barnsley Retirees Action Group (BRAG) is organising a demonstration through Barnsley to demand the reinstatement of the right to free train travel for older and disabled people in South Yorkshire which have been lost as a result of Tory spending cuts. RMT, along with other trade unions and campaigns, is throwing its full support behind the event and the campaign.
The march will go past the office on Regent Street where the South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive will meet on Monday19th May (and which campaigners will lobby from 1pm onwards), then past the rail station to a rally in the precinct. The march will assemble at 11am on Eastgate ( a few minutes from the Transport Interchange) near Barnsley College's main building.
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said:
“RMT is fully behind the fight to reinstate free travel facilities for older people, and people with disabilities, across South Yorkshire.
“There is no question that this rotten Government is determined to strip away hard-won rights and benefits that allow people to live with some dignity and freedom and that the attack in South Yorkshire is part of a national assault on those most basic of rights.
“Condemning people to transport poverty, and isolating them as prisoners in their own homes, is a national scandal that must be challenged right across the board.”