RMT Wessex anti-rail cuts campaign targets Portsmouth

RMT Wessex anti-rail cuts campaign targets Portsmouth

14 January 2014

Geoff Martin

RMT Wessex region will be holding another in a series of anti-rail cuts actions next week.

As part of the RMT’s ongoing campaign against the attacks on jobs and safety, there will be a Stop McNulty/Action for Rail demonstration next Wednesday 22nd  Jan between 5.30pm-6.30pm at Portsmouth & Southsea Station, followed by a public meeting in, Portsmouth City Library Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth PO1 2DX at 7pm on the same day.

The public meeting will be hosted by the Portsmouth Trades Council/RMT Wessex Regional Council. Speakers are; Steve Hedley RMT Assistant General Secretary, Simon Weller ASLEF National Organiser, Keith Morrell Southampton City Councillor and Jon Woods, President Portsmouth Trades Council.

Supporters from the travelling public and other anti-cuts campaigns and trade unions are expected to join the events and swell the numbers as RMT sends out a resounding message against the cuts as well as getting the message across about the devastating effect the proposals will have on services and safety.
The McNulty Rail Review, endorsed by the Government as their policy, would kick guards off the trains, close ticket offices and remove safety critical staff from the tracks in the name of protecting and increasing the profits of the private train operators. The RMT campaigning in Wessex is part of the national fight against the proposals.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said:
“The plans to carve up our railways under the cloak of the McNulty Rail Review would see the quality and safety of rails services in Portsmouth and Southsea and across the Region hammered into the ground.  The public would pay ever-increasing fares to travel on unsafe and overcrowded trains on a faceless railway where profit is the only game in town.
“That is the message we will be taking to the people of Portsmouth and Southsea next week.”

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