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Government confirms the great Northern rail betrayal
RAIL UNION RMT today described the Government’s long-delayed ‘Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands’ as a “historic betrayal of the people of the North”. The 162-page document confirms that the Eastern leg of the HS2 Project will be...
Region: National
Tagged with: HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Grant Shapps, Tory Government
RMT on UK rail hub location
RAIL UNION RMT said today that ‎the location of strategic rail hubs shouldn't be subjected to some sort of lottery after Grant Shapps tweeted that the base for Great British Railways will be decided in a competition. The union has...
Region: National
Tagged with: UK Rail Hub, Grant Shapps, Great British Railways
RMT slams “out of touch” Shapps
RAIL UNION RMT today accused the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP of gross insensitivity and insulting thousands of rail workers who are facing a cost-of-living crisis and job insecurity as the Conservative Government continues with their policy of a sector...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Rail Cuts
RMT responds to Government review
RAIL UNION RMT has responded to an announcement by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP to review the National Policy Statement for National Networks. The review would include all long-term plans for major rail and road schemes but the union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, National Policy Statement for National Networks, COP26
RMT on staff isolation exemptions
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT will give consideration to proposals from companies on critical workers exemptions but nobody should be under any illusions about how fraught with difficulty and potential danger any system will be to operate in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Self-Isolate, Exemption Scheme, NHS App, Test and Trace
RMT responds to Rail Delivery Group
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The Government's botched handling of their so called "freedom day" on Monday will see hundreds of thousands of passengers unleashed on rail, tube and buses without masks or other basic COVID measures. " It's inevitable that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, App, Self Isolation, Rail Delivery group
RMT slams Grant Shapps “insulting and ill-informed” comments
RAIL UNION RMT slammed the Secretary of State Grant Shapps today after he used an appearance at the Transport Select Committee to put his full backing behind the pandemic profiteers while dismissing concerns about the plight of rail staff with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Rail Workers, Transport Select Committee, Rail Union, RMT
RMT warns of national fight against ‎cuts at Network Rail
RAIL UNION RMT warned today of a national industrial fight across the railway network if the Williams Review - widely expected to be published this week - sets it's sights on the workforce while handing the private train companies ‎gold-plated management contracts...
Region: National
Tagged with: Williams Review, Grant Shapps, Network Rail, Rail Privatisation,
RMT condemns outsourcing company Mitie
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded the withdrawal of an app that giant outsourcing outfit Mitie are attempting to force on staff which would track their movements. RMT has condemned the move as the introduction of Big Brother into the workplace...
Region: National
Tagged with: Mitie, Phone App, Cleaners, Security
RMT blasts latest government drip-feed deal
Transport union RMT today slammed the government for imposing yet another short-term funding deal on Transport for London which continues to make vital support for public transport conditional on more damaging austerity attacks on workers. The latest deal lasts until...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Grant Shapps, Tube, LUL, London Underground
RMT set for nationwide rail dispute
RMT today declared it was moving to a “national dispute” footing with Network Rail after it revealed the Government controlled company is planning for thousands of job losses by this September and a wholescale dilution of safety standards, including a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Covid-19, Maintenance, Rail Strike, Grant Shapps, DfT,
RMT on Government's Williams Review
The government’s long delayed rail review, set to be highlighted by Keith Williams today, is all about saving rail privatisation rather than saving the railways RMT has warned. Media reports have indicated that Williams has submitted proposals to the Treasury...
Region: National
Tagged with: William Review, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government, Grant Shapps, Keith Williams
RMT issues new warning of a cocktail of dangers for bus driver safety
BUS UNION RMT has issued a new warning over bus driver safety as the Government confirms mass opening of schools on 8 March. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members who have direct experience of the way the return to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus, Bus Driver, DfT, Department for Transport, Grant Shapps
RMT statement on the Government’s build back better with apprentices announcement
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Instead of listening to the lobbying of crewing agents represented on the Maritime Skills Commission, the Government needs to institute a mass programme of Rating recruitment, using the apprenticeship standards for deck, engine and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Maritime Skills Commission, Ratings, Seafarers, Apprentices, Shipping, Offshore,
Save Eurostar campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a formal campaign to SAVE EUROSTAR as fear grows that a political stand off at national government level risks leaving the future of the vital green link to the continent ‎under threat as the service...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Emergency Funding
RMT demands clarity over South African variant on TFL and Merseyrail
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it has written to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, demanding action after the union revealed that both TfL and Merseyrail are instructing staff in the postcodes impacted by the South African variant of COVID-19...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, South African Variant, Grant Shapps, Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Merseyrail
RMT Government call over Tyne and Wear Metro
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to step in and approve funds that will provide long-term stability to the struggling Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro, which carried 36 million passenger trips in 2018/19 and serves...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Tyne and Wear Metro, Grant Shapps, Nexus, Covid-19, Tory Government
RMT warns of “complacent and callous” approach
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has today warned that a complacent and callous approach to the increased threat from COVID-19 is leading to a surge in deaths and illness of transport workers. The union says feedback it has received reveal the number...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Workers, Transport Workers, Grant Shapps
RMT calls for Grant Shapps to intervene in Hitachi dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP immediately intervenes to protect rail workers jobs and taxpayer’s money as Hitachi Rail UK Ltd plans to sack 64 rail workers working on the publicly owned London North Eastern Rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Hitachi, LNER, Grant Shapps, London North Eastern Rail, Bounds Green, Craigentinny,
RMT responds to Government loan to fund Crossrail
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to reports that the Government had loaned Transport for London £850 million to complete the Crossrail project, following negotiations, by calling for London’s Transport and its vital infrastructure projects to be put on a stable...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Crossrail, Transport for London, TfL, Grant Shapps
RMT responds to announcement of DfT’s Transport Acceleration Unit
“Whilst we welcome the Government having a renewed focus on speeding up the investment, building and reopening of vital rail links it is nonsensical that this new Transport Acceleration Unit will predominantly focus on new roads when we are in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, DfT, Transport Acceleration Unit,
RMT responds to confirmation that Government has nationalised Train Company debt
This follows rumours that some train operating companies are on the verge of being fully renationalised and would join Government run and publicly owned London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Northern Trains.‎ RMT says that the move must now pave...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, train company debt, renationalisation
RMT on Coronavirus bailout bonanza for TOC's
Britain’s private rail companies stand to make almost £500 million in profits over the next 12 months according to new research, amid widespread speculation that the government is about to extend its Emergency Measures Agreements. Analysis of ministerial answers to questions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, TOC's.taxpayer bailout
RMT responds to Prime Minister’s announcement
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Covid-19 is waging war against both lives and livelihoods but in recent days the government’s response has once again been mired in chaos, confusion and mixed messaging. “Today we are seeking urgent talks...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT calls for an end to the charade of rail privatisation
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the government end the charade of privatisation and the grotesque waste of franchising after it was confirmed that the Office for National Statistics have reclassified the debts of the private train operators as part...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
RMT claims victory over Government’s volunteer stunt
RAIL UNION RMT today claimed a victory for common sense as it appears the Government’s volunteer “Journey Makers” programme has been shelved. A leaked email from one of the volunteer programme’s providers admitted that due to disagreement between unions and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
RMT calls on Government to scrap shambles of rail volunteer stunt
RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "RMT warned from the off that this half-baked Government PR stunt was a waste of time and a diversion from the challenges we really face on the railway as lockdown is eased and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, journey makers
RMT on £7 Billion Covid-19 support for transport sector‎
“This should not just be a blank cheque for private transport operators but instead should be linked to taking transport services into public ownership to ensure every penny is spent on protecting safety and the economy alongside strict requirements to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT writes to Grant Shapps over face masks
Transport union RMT has written to the Secretary of State Grant Shapps to warn a lack of consultation and proper discussion in the transport industry means that the requirement for face masks on public transport from 15th June risks being...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, face masks, Transport Secretary
RMT warns of strike action over transport austerity
RAIL UNION RMT today responded with fury after being made aware of Government plans to introduce a workforce of unpaid and unskilled ‘Transport Guardian Angels’ on our railway network. The contract between the Department for Transport and volunteering charity ‘Volunteering...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
RMT responds to Government briefing this evening on transport services
“Grant Shapps saying “it’s our civic duty to avoid using public transport” is a disgraceful way to shift the blame onto workers who have been left with little choice but to use public transport when it is his Government’s responsibility...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT responds to Grant Shapps’ statement on coronavirus
Responding to the statement this morning by Grant Shapps that rail passenger numbers were down by 20% last week and the train companies are in line for a coronavirus bailout RMT general secretary Mick Cash said, “As it considers bailing out...
Region: National
Tagged with: Shapps, coronavirus
RMT on latest Brexit ferries moves
MARITIME UNION RMT has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today demanding Government action to protect and expand job opportunities and working conditions for British seafarers in the latest twist of the on-going Brexit Ferries saga. RMT is warning that...
Region: National
Tagged with: brexit ferries, irish ferries, seatruck, grant shapps, tory government
RMT's Mick Cash response to Grant Shapps
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash responding to Grant Shapps’ admission on Sky this morning that train companies put profits over people, said; "When even hard line Tories start openly admitting that private train companies are putting profits top of their...
Region: National
Tagged with: grant shapps, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT exposes new £1.2 billion privatised rail rip-off
These three companies paid £1.2 billion in dividends to their shareholders between 2012 and 2018, enough to fund 700 new vehicles, while figures on inter-company lending suggest that this is just the tip of the iceberg. ‘The ROSCO Racket’ shines a light on...
Region: National
Tagged with: rosco, rolling stock companies, transport secretary, grant shapps, tory governmrnt,
RMT demands Transport Secretary puts accessibility first
Rail union RMT has today added its voice to those of passenger groups calling on new Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to put an end to the drive toward Driver Only Operated trains and to make the railway accessible to all...
Region: National
Tagged with: association of british commuters, abc, grant shapps, doo, driver only operation
RMT reacts with disgust to DFT app suggestion
RAIL UNION RMT has reacted with disgust to DFT suggestions that travel apps can replace staff in delivering accessible transport after the Department called today for the “development of travel apps to focus on boosting accessibility.” The union has warned...
Region: National
Tagged with: dft, department for transport, travel app, disabled access, chris grayling
Maritime Caterer Apprenticeships
Shipping union RMT today welcomed what it described as a long overdue but important breakthrough in qualifications to train the next generation of maritime‎ catering staff.   The union response follows an announcement by the Maritime Trailblazer Working Group,  which...
Region: National
Tagged with: maritime caterer apprenticeships, deck rating, catering ratings, maritime trailblazer
RMT responds to Govt pledge to double maritime apprentices
Shipping union RMT responds to Government pledge today to double maritime apprenticeships Speaking from the TUC Congress in Brighton, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Whilst it is welcome that the Government have responded positively to RMT's campaign for a...
Region: National
Tagged with: shipping, maritime, apprenticeships
RMT welcomes introduction of maritime apprenticeship levy
Maritime union RMT has welcomed the potential benefits for the UK maritime industry of the apprenticeship levy which kicks in today and has urged employers on the UK shipping register to seize the opportunity to train up a next generation...
Region: National
Tagged with: sos2020, maritime industry, apprenticeship levy
RMT Official Picket - Appleby in Westmorland
RMT has also ascertained that over 80 Northern trains - that usually have a catering trolley service - since October 30th 2014 have gone out with NO catering facilities due to the company failing to cover the jobs on non strike days - rosters being...
Region: National
Tagged with: appleby, settle and carlisle