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RMT members vote for action on Stagecoach Buses
BUS UNION RMT today announced that members in three more Stagecoach areas have voted by around nine to one for action as part of a national campaign to secure professional pay rates for professional staff, joining RMT members in Mansfield...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stagecoach, Buses, South West, Derbyshire, Pay Justice
COVID conspiracy posters on rail and Tube
RAIL,TUBE AND BUS UNION RMT today called for the strongest possible action against anti-vaxers and COVID conspiracy theorists found lacing their posters with razor blades ‎in order to injure anyone trying to remove them. The anti-vaxers are known to be...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, Tube, Bus, Covid-19, Anti-vax, Posters, TfL, Transport for London
RMT on new Bus report
Commenting on the report, which found that the UK’s privatised bus system is ‘failing passengers’ and ‘undermining rights’, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This report is completely right in its assessment that privatisation and deregulation has created a bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus report, National Bus Strategy, Privatisation, Philip Alston
RMT's warning over Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant
With confirmation from the Government that the Covid-19 Bus Services Support grant will end in August 2021 and be replaced by a lower level of ‘recovery funding’ from September 2021 until April 2022, bus union RMT has warned that with passenger numbers still...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Service Support Grant, National Bus Strategy, Bus
RMT calls on UK to learn lessons of Welsh Government
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed the news that the Welsh Government will be suspending all future road building plans and will instead be prioritising public transport and active travel to meet their statutory target of net zero emissions by 2050. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Rail, Road, COP26, Westminster, Tory Government
RMT accuses the Government of deceiving the British public
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has accused the Government of deceiving the British public and transport workers with a Queen’s Speech that made no mention of their planned cuts agenda across rail and bus sectors. Network Rail are currently planning cuts that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Tory Government, Cuts Agenda, Rail, Bus
RMT warns of an impending bus cuts crisis
A survey by Bus Union RMT of cross-party local councillors across the country has revealed that a cuts disaster looms for Britain’s bus network unless the Government takes far more radical action than is set out in its National Bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Bus Strategy, Bus Services, Councillor Survey
RMT to hold demonstration in Southampton
BUS UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration over the victimisation of Southampton bus branch secretary Declan Clune who has been dismissed for reporting concerns to Network Rail around a bridge being struck by vehicles. The protest will take place...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Bluestar Buses, Declan Clune, Southampton, Buses, Bus Driver
RMT to ballot for action over victimisation and sacking of leading bus activist
The union will also be launching a high-profile publicity campaign in public and media forums including demonstrations in support of Declan’s reinstatement by the company. At Declan's recent appeal hearing the company upheld their earlier decision of dismissal for bringing...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Bluestar, Declan Clune, Victimisation, Bus Driver, Bus,
RMT statement on publication of new DfT Bus Strategy
“RMT has long called for the creation of a National Bus Strategy to address the massive decline in the bus industry since it was deregulated in the 1980s and we welcome the Government’s acceptance that this is necessary for local...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, DfT, Bus Strategy, Go-Ahead, Bus
RMT calls for radical action on buses
Commenting following the full publication of ‘Bus Back Better – National Bus Strategy for England’ which commits the Government to a review of the ban on local authorities setting up new municipal bus companies, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, DfT, Bus Strategy, Go-Ahead, Bus
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
48 hours left to halt Nottingham Linkbus cuts
BUS UNION RMT warned today that there are just 48 hours left to save crucial transport links from the axe as it responded to Nottingham City Council’s consultation over its plans to cut a number of vital Linkbus services. The union...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Nottingham City Council, Linkbus, CT4N, Bus
RMT on Environmental Audit Committee’s report
Commenting on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report ‘Growing Back Better’, published today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Committee has rightly recognised the vital role that the UK’s public transport network has in our economic recovery from Covid-19 and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Environmental Audit Committee, Growing Back Better, Public Transport, Bus, Rail, Taxi, Shipping, Ferry,
RMT calls for escalation of priority and protection for transport workers
With the news at the weekend that the initial phase of the COVID vaccination programme has hit its targets RMT called this morning for an escalation in priority for transport staff and other essential workers to ensure that those groups...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport workers, Covid vaccine, Rail, Bus, Taxi, Shipping, Transport,
RMT steps up Nottingham Linkbus campaign
BUS UNION RMT has launched a petition calling for a reversal of Nottingham City Council’s proposals to cut £700,000 from the annual funding for the City’s Linkbus Network, which is operated by the bus operator CT4N, and serves a number...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Nottingham City Council, Linkbus, CT4N, Bus
RMT bus worker survey reveals “wild west approach”
Days after the ONS published figures which showed that male bus workers are at an increased risk of dying from Covid-19 a new RMT survey of bus workers reveals a “wild west approach” to enforcing Covid-19 safety regulations and measures...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Workers, ONS, Office of National Statistics
RMT on Bus and Taxi driver COVID mortality rates
Commenting on today’s ONS figures which showed that male bus and coach drivers and male taxi drivers are two of the occupational groups with high rates of Covid-19 deaths, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “These figures are a tragic...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Drivers, Taxi Drivers, Mortality Rates, Vaccination,
RMT on Nottingham Linkbus funding proposals
BUS UNION RMT is today calling on Nottingham City Council to reverse its proposals to cut funding for Nottingham’s Linkbus Network, amid fears that the significant funding cut would lead to service cuts. The Council’s draft budget shows that it...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Nottingham, Linkbus, Nottingham City Council, National Bus Strategy, Covid-19
RMT calls for investigation into bus and coach fires
Read article HERE There have been more than 200 incidents north of the Border since 2015, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service statistics reveal. They included a coach catching fire while transporting school children in Livingston in 2019, as this footage shot by...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Bus, Coach, Fires, The Scotsman,
RMT to Ballot Stagecoach East Midlands Bus drivers
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun sending out ballot papers for strike action to RMT Stagecoach East Midlands Bus driver members in Mansfield and Worksop over safety concerns. Following negotiations between RMT representatives and Stagecoach East Midlands...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Stagecoach East Midlands, Bus, Driver, Safety, Covid-19
RMT calls for robust enforcement of COVID rules on buses
The union is also contacting its parliamentary group about contract buses having different loading levels to service buses - surely science determines what’s safe rather than whether it’s a contract bus (like many school buses) or a service bus. Concerns are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, British Transport Police, BTP, Association of Chief Police Officers, Face Masks, Masks, Bus, Buses
RMT pledges all-out fight to protect pensions at TfL
London's main transport union‎ RMT pledges all-out fight to protect jobs, pensions and working conditions as Government line up savage cuts in TFL funding deal as details emerge this morning. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is appalling that the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Buses, London Overground
RMT on reports tonight that Government are threatening a total takeover of TFL
"The speculation that the Government are threatening to take direct control of TFL sounds like more bullying by this administration designed to impose their will on Londoners and ride roughshod over local democracy. "While we await official confirmation on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Buses, London Overground,
RMT on National Audit Office report on decline in bus use
“This decline in bus usage since 2010 is a direct result of our deregulated and privatised bus industry, under which the private operators are consumed with profiteering and axe socially necessary routes at their whim. “The NAO report rightly highlights that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, National Audit Office
RMT warning over back to work Monday
Transport union RMT has warned that confused and conflicted Government messaging could lead to widespread breaches of public health measures on masks and social distancing as Boris Johnson urges people to "get back to work" today whilst at the same...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, social distancing, rail, tube, bus,
Bus union RMT responds to study on workers’ deaths
The report shows that among bus drivers, those aged 65 and over, those from BAME backgrounds and those with pre-existing hypertension are at higher risk of Covid-19 mortality and this should be taken into account in efforts by TfL and bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus drivers, BAME, deaths,
RMT calls for new compulsory Covid-19 protections for passengers and rail workers
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for new compulsory protections for passengers and rail workers on trains as the increased rail service timetable comes into place today – Monday 18th May. The protections are: • Compulsory 2 metre social distancing – the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, social distancing, face masks, transport, rail, bus, tube,
Crowded train and bus services are “categorically less safe”
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that crowded train, tube and bus services are “categorically less safe” and should not run unless two meter social distancing can be enforced. The union said unless the government took urgent action to enforce two...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, public transport, social distancing, bus, train
RMT warns of chaos on transport services tomorrow
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said today; "The Governments "return to work" policy from Wednesday morning risks unleashing total chaos on a transport network which has not been told to prepare for a rise in numbers until next Monday. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, return to work, transport, bus, rail,
RMT on today’s ONS figures on Covid-19
TRANSPORT UNION RMT is demanding that the Government take urgent action in the wake of figures published today by the ONS which show that male bus and taxi drivers were amongst the occupations with a raised rate of death involving...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus, taxi, ONS
RMT calls for National Bus Coronavirus Safety Summit
As Prime Minister considers easing lockdown RMT calls for National Bus Coronavirus Safety Summit to oversee a national plan to protect bus drivers and passengers as new survey reveals alarming COVID – 19 safety failings As the Prime Minister considers easing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, national bus coronavirus safety summit, PPE, bus
Bus union RMT exposes on-going Covid-19 protection scandal
After making strenuous representation to First South West Buses to fit suitable Perspex screens to their fleet of buses in order to provide a physical barrier between the driver and their passengers. The company’s first action was simply to ignore...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus, first south west buses
RMT issues advice to rail and bus members
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has issued advice to tens of thousands of workers in the rail and bus sector throughout the UK today saying its members should stop work on safety grounds if employers do not provide protection from COVID-19. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail, bus, Covid-19,
RMT responds to Government on Bus funding
Government cash for bus industry must lead to safety and service protections for bus workers and passengers say RMT Responding to the Government’s announcement of financial support for the bus industry RMT said the aid must be linked to a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, buses, bus funding,
Bus union RMT writes to companies over COVID-19
Bus union RMT is writing to the managing directors of all bus operating companies requesting that they adopt the following practices during the COVID-19 crisis: · a transition to cashless travel during the emergency · enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regimes...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus workers
RMT on Bus Industry appeal for £1 billion rescue package
Commenting on news that the UK’s Bus Industry has today called for a £1bn state funded rescue package to protect ‘tens of thousands of jobs’, bus union RMT reiterates the urgent need for the Government to commit emergency funding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus industry, rescue package, public ownership, Covid-19
RMT calls for emergency powers to ensure vital bus services
Bus workers union RMT called on the Government today to introduce emergency powers to allow local authorities to take control of their bus services and ensure our communities and the most vulnerable in society do not become isolated. Responding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus, local authorities, Covid-19,
RMT on Government Bus Funding Announcement
Bus fares continue to rise, disproportionately affecting passengers in rural and non-metropolitan areas and local authorities remain prohibited from running bus services in the public sector. This is why RMT is urging the Government to ensure its National Bus Strategy...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus funding, tory government, national bus strategy, transport select committee
Bus union RMT on today's Govt bus strategy announcement
“This funding does not come close to restoring the millions cut from bus services across the UK since 2010 and despite these massive cuts the private bus companies have continued to pay out hundreds of millions in dividends to shareholders. “It’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: deregulation, bus industry, bus service,
RMT endorses TUC Bus report
Bus union RMT has endorsed a report published today by the TUC which exposes the fact that funding for local bus services has been cut by over half in some English regions since 2010. RMT says that the report will provide...
Region: National
Tagged with: buses, funding, tuc,
RMT responds to Govt's response to Bus report
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is angry, frustrated and disappointed at this missed opportunity to take action to address the massive decline in the bus industry. Routes have been cut, thousands of bus drivers have lost their jobs...
Region: National
Tagged with: transport select committee, health of the bus market, bus, tory government,
Industrial action on Bluestar Buses suspended
This is because an improved pay offer has been made, therefore the union is suspending the upcoming industrial action so that the affected members can be canvassed for their opinion on whether to accept it or not. The National Executive...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: bluestar buses, go south buses, industrial action
RMT announces seven days of action on Bluestar Buses
Having considered the matter and noting members’ rejection of the revised pay offer the National Executive Committee has taken the decision to call further industrial action short of a strike. Therefore, members are instructed not to work any overtime over...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: bluestar buses, go south buses, industrial action
RMT calls for ‘transparency’ over latest helicopter concerns
A significant number of members have raised concerns about the pictures which it is claimed are images of the crack in the “Horizontal Stabiliser” of an H175 operated by Babcock. The picture appears to show a substantial fracture in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: airbus, airbus H175, babcock, offshore, oilc
RMT 24-Hour Strike on Bluestar Buses Goes Ahead Tomorrow
As a result of Bluestar’s failure to make a decent pay offer RMT members will take action for 24 hours tomorrow - Tuesday 18th June. RMT is making it clear that the company should be putting more effort into resolving the dispute...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bluestar Buses, Strike
MPs back RMT demands to cut dangerously long bus hours
Last year the union surveyed RMT bus worker members to ask about their experiences of working in the industry, as part of our response to the Transport Committee inquiry into 'The Health of the Bus Market'. Hundreds of our members...
Region: National
Tagged with: Buses, long hours
RMT announces 24-hour strike action on Bluestar Buses
BUS UNION RMT today announced a 24-Hour strike on Bluestar Buses (also known as Go South Buses) in Eastleigh, Totton and Poole, after drivers, cleaners and ticket office staff voted with an overwhelming 87%  in favour of taking action over...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: bluestar buses, go south buses, strike, pay
RMT statement on First Group’s restructuring announcement
“First Group’s announcement that they will be ‘rationalising’ their portfolio and separating First Bus from the rest of their operation raises major concerns for our Bus members. “RMT will be doing everything in its power to defend the jobs of...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, bus
Buses must be taken into public ownership
The entire bus network must be taken into public ownership, transport union RMT has said in response to the Transport Select Committees report highlighting the continuing decline in the bus industry. In a survey of RMT bus members 85% believed that...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus companies, privatisation, transport select committee, buses
RMT on Labour’s bus services announcement
RMT has today welcomed the announcement by Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn that there will be new funding to reverse the cuts made to 3000 bus routes by the Tories since 2010 and to fund the expansion of new bus services. RMT also...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus services, labour, public ownership
RMT warns that privatised buses are failing the nation
Bus union RMT warned that the privatised bus system was still failing Britain’s communities as figures from the latest bus Passenger Survey and the Department for Transport highlighted the problems of Britain’s costly buses. Figures from the survey published today...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus companies, privatisation, dft, department for transport, passenger survey, buses
Bus companies earn billions amid savage route cuts
New research by the Labour Party has also revealed how bus fares are set to rise while private companies are making record profits. RMT general secretary Mick Cash backed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s comments that private bus companies were running...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus companies, privatisation, transport commissioner, labour party, buses
Bus companies putting profit before services
Bus companies are prioritising making bigger profits over providing decent services a new survey provided to MPs has found. The details of the survey contained in RMT evidence published by the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee Inquiry into the bus industry...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus companies, privatisation, transport select committee, buses
RMT on new report today exposing crisis in Britain's bus ser
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said; "A toxic combination of fare increases, service cuts and privatisation has decimated Britain's bus network, condemning tens of thousands to lives of isolation and ‎transport poverty. "Entire communities have been cut adrift as‎ lifeline...
Region: National
Tagged with: Buses, Campaign for Better Transport
RMT warns of growing epidemic of transport poverty
Bus union RMT warned today of a growing epidemic of transport poverty as new research released today by the Campaign for Better Transport reveals that funding for supported buses has almost halved in the past eight years. The research shows...
Region: National
Tagged with: campaign for better transport, buses, bus service, public transport
RMT responds to Transport Focus Bus Report
Bus union RMT warned today that a toxic combination of private profiteering, localised cuts and the uncontrolled growth of services like Uber is killing off bus services. A passenger watchdog “Transport Focus” report today shows that the proportion of bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: transport focus, bus report, private bus companies, uber
RMT demands assurances on jobs on Stagecoach in Norfolk
BUS UNION RMT is demanding assurances on jobs and services after Stagecoach announced today that it is “reviewing” services and flagging up the possible closure of the King’s Lynn depot and the axing of lifeline Norfolk bus routes. More than...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: stagecoach in norfolk, stagecoach, bus, jobs, services
RMT members striking today at Surrey bus company
RMT members are standing solid and united on the picket line today at a Surrey-based bus company‎ in a dispute over the basic workplace right to be represented by the union of their choice. (Press hand out picture attached). RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: quality line, epsom, ratp dev london, bus
RMT members to strike at Surrey bus company
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action by members at Quality Line based in Epsom will go ahead on Monday 4th December in a dispute over the basic workplace right to be represented by the union of your choice....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: quality line, RATP, epsom depot, bus
RMT condemns Government driverless vehicle plans
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned the Government’s widely-trailed plans to step up the testing of driverless vehicles on Britain’s roads as a “lethal gimmick that puts safety, jobs and the economy at risk.”   RMT, which represents bus, haulage and...
Region: National
Tagged with: driverless vehicles, tory government, budget 2017, bus, taxi, road haulage
RMT on Government spin operation today on local transport
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "As usual with these pre-budget spin operations detail is thin on the ground over exactly what the Government are planning in these hyped up proposals for city transport links. "However, what we do know is...
Region: National
Tagged with: budget 2017, local transport, bus, rail, tory government
RMT confirms strike action on Stagecoach South West Buses
BUS WORKERS UNION RMT today confirmed that members on Stagecoach South West buses will be mounting a major programme of strike action in a fight for pay and workplace justice. RMT’s executive has taken the decision to call on all...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: stagecoach south west, strike action, buses, exeter, torquay, barnstaple
RMT confirms vote for action on Stagecoach South West Buses
Over 78% of RMT members’ voted for strike action whilst nearly 90% voted for action short of a strike.   RMT members are angry that the company has tabled a pay and conditions package that doesn’t even keep pace with the Retail...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: stagecoach south west, pay dispute, strike action, bus
RMT to ballot Stagecoach South West bus staff
BUS UNION RMT said today that it is to ballot Stagecoach bus staff across a large area of their South West operations for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over pay. RMT members are...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: stagecoach south west, bus, pay, exeter, torquay, barnstaple
RMT confirms strike vote across Stagecoach South West buses
Bus union RMT confirmed today that hundreds of drivers and other staff will be balloted for strike action over the victimisation and sacking of a branch official. Over 400 staff will take part in the ballot with the majority based in...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: stagecoach, stagecoach south west buses
RMT welcomes Supreme Court ruling over wheelchair bus space
The case was triggered after Doug Paulley was told he could not board a bus to Leeds in 2012, when a mother with a pushchair refused to move at the driver’s request from a space which had been designated – if...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus, disabled access, first group, supreme court
Exeter Stagecoach South West bus drivers ballot
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be balloting its Exeter Stagecoach South West bus driver members for strike action and action short of a strike over inadequate provisions following a move from their city centre depot. The ballot...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: stagecoach south west, bus, bus drivers, exeter, ballot
Response to Transport Select Committee on Bus Services Bill
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT welcomes the Committees support for greater consultation with trade unions and opposing the governments ban on local authorities establishing municipal bus services.   “The fact is however that the Bus Services Bill is...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus services bill, transport select committee
RMT on Bus Services Bill
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today rejected moves by the Government to prevent local authorities from running their own services as it emerged that companies’ profits have received a massive boost from cheaper fuel prices. Their costs are nearing 30% below recent averages...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus, bus services bill,
RMT rejects bus franchising attempt
BUS UNION RMT warned today that the government is set to imminently publish a Buses Bill designed to export the “franchising” model from the railways and onto our buses. The warning comes on the day that RMT’s annual bus workers...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus franchising
MPs & Unions call for bus companies profiteering inquiry
The call for an inquiry came as an official parliamentary answer has seen the government forced to admit that…     “the Chief Secretary to the Treasury recently wrote to the the five largest UK bus operators    [ Arriva, First Group,...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus company, profiteering, inquiry,
RMT responds to Campaign for Better Transport report
"The poisonous cocktail of cuts and privatisation reinforces RMT's call for bus services to be taken back into public ownership with the resources required to run as a comprehensive public service. " Ends
Region: National
Tagged with: campaign for better transport, bus services