3 November 2021
RMT Press Office:
RMT to hold cut “carbon emissions not public transport jobs” protest tomorrow outside DfT.
TRANSPORT UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration tomorrow demanding that the government cut carbon emissions, not public transport jobs.
The protest will take place on Thursday 4th November 2021 at 10am at the Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Rd, London, SW1P 4DR.
The action will be coinciding with the DfT hosting an ‘engagement day’ for the private sector to try and persuade them to bid for the future Passenger Service Contracts, announced as part of the Williams-Shapps review, and which will replace franchises.
With the eyes of the world on the UN climate summit COP26 that is taking place in Glasgow the RMT protest will be putting the case that climate change is not just an environmental problem, but is also a problem of social and economic justice and is a key issue for workers and their trade unions.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“Public transport has a key role to play in fighting climate change, yet the Government and transport operators are intent on attacking workers’ jobs, pay, conditions and pensions whilst protecting the profit of big business. RMT is fighting these damaging cuts as part of its ‘Cut carbon emissions, not public transport jobs’ campaigning.
“On Thursday 4th November, whilst COP26 is taking place in Glasgow, the Department of Transport is hosting an ‘engagement day’ for the private sector to try and persuade them to bid for the future Passenger Service Contracts, announced as part of the Williams-Shapps review, and which will replace franchises. The PSCs will guarantee profits for the private operators.
“Rather than disgracefully furthering private profiteering at the expense of transport worker jobs, pay and conditions, the Government should instead be commencing a new deal for public transport that protects all jobs, pay, conditions and services, and properly funds our rail, bus, metro and shipping networks to power a green transport revolution that makes services more affordable, available, accessible and attractive to use.”