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RMT slams First Group dividends bonanza
First Group’s financial results for the year ending March 2024 state that there has been a ‘significant increase’ in Group operating profit to £204 million – up 27 per cent from £161 million last year. First group operates bus and rail services...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First Group, Profits
Yeovil bus routes cut by First Group stranding passengers
The multi-million-pound company which is part of First Group, will stop running 54 and 58/58A services at the end of March. The bus company also plans to make cuts to the 25 and 28 services. Passenger groups had previously warned any such cuts...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First Group, Bus, Yeovil
RMT slams rail performance while company profits remain high
Avanti West Coast which is owned by First Group has come in for particular criticism from Northern Transport leaders who have described the levels of service as "unacceptable" and "inadequate."   First Group has published its latest yearly profits to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, First Group, Avanti West Coast
DHL catering staff on Avanti to take strike action
The workers who are employed by contractor DHL provide the catering stores for Avanti trains.   They have not been offered a pay rise despite the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation.   DHL has pleaded poverty claiming they cannot afford...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, DHL, Catering Staff, First Group
RMT welcomes removal of First from TPE rail contract
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was absolutely right not to renew or extend Transpennine Express's contract which was something the union has long campaigned for.  “First should now also lose its failed Avanti West Coast contract as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Transpennine Express, TPE, First Group,
RMT responds to ORR data showing 1 in 5 TPE trains cancelled
Passengers endured another period of chaos between March and April, with TPE planning 600 fewer (10%) trains, cancelling or part-cancelling more than 500 and planned cancellation of almost 600 more. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Passengers can’t afford to wait while Mark Harper...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TPE, Transpennine Express, First Group,
RMT slams DfT after it signs off £82 million dividend payments to privateers
This is the despite the fact both companies are part of a major industrial dispute where hundreds of millions of pounds has been used to indemnify them against lost revenue from strike action. FirstRail Holdings Ltd, the holding company for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, DfT, Mark Harper, First Group, Govia, Rail,
RMT condemns Avanti West Coast contract extension
RMT has already revealed that the vast majority of Avanti West Coast cancellations are down to staff shortages and called for the company to be stripped of its franchise. The disgraced train operator Avanti also plans to scrap at seat...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, First Group, Rail,
RMT slams rail companies ahead of strike
Ahead of another 24 hours of strike action on Saturday across 14 train operating companies in the national rail dispute, the union said First Group which owns TransPennine Express and Avanti were in "complete chaos."   TPE cancellation stats went up from...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, RMT, Mick Lynch
First Group profits soar as bus workers lose out
First Group has published its half year results for the six months to September 2022 which shows that operating profits from its continuing operations have increased to £66 million compared to £52 million for the first half of last year.  First...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus Workers, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT demands fair pay rise for striking bus workers
Bus workers in Somerset and Cornwall will be out on strike Friday 4 November in a dispute over pay. First South West workers are angry that many of them are only paid just over £11 an hour and that bosses only...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus, bus Workers, RMT, Mick Lynch
Bus workers take strike action
First Group workers are angry that many of them are only paid just over £11 and hour an that bosses only offered a small uprate to £12 an hour. The company paid out £500m to shareholders in 2021/22 and has an...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First South West, First Group, Bus, Pay
Avanti workers to take two days strike action
Avanti bosses claim that imposing rosters was to prevent cancellations. However, the company is in such dire straits that they have slashed services and left staff with poor morale and feeling neglected. Controversially the stricken company has had its contract...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, First Group, West Coast Mainline, Strike Action, RMT, Mick Lynch
Bus workers to take strike action
Four days of strike action will take place on the following dates: 10 October 21 October 4 November 11 November Around 400 workers who are planning to take action are furious that many of them are only paid just over £11 and hour and that...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus, Pay, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT warns of more disputes on Transpennine Express
Ahead of further strike action this weekend by conductors on Transpennine Express services, RMT warned today that the interests of passengers are being sacrificed by a government that is hard-wiring profiteering and attacks on staff into its revamped privatisation model...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, First Group, Conductors, Industrial Action
RMT members standing firm again on TPE
RAIL UNION RMT said today that conductor members fighting for pay justice on TransPennine Express are standing firm and united again this morning in the latest of a series of strikes.    This week,   ahe ad of today's fourth...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, First Group, Pay Justice
RMT warns of sustained national industrial action
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch today warned of sustained industrial action across regional and national transport network as news of a half billion pay out to shareholders of rail and bus giant FirstGroup emerges. FirstGroup is the parent company of...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, SWR, South Western Railway, Covid-19, Industrial Action
RMT calls for full inquiry into Government’s backroom sweetheart deals
Britain’s largest rail Union RMT today slammed the Government for conducting backroom deals with Train Operating Companies and allowing them to break their franchise contracts with minimal termination fees following the collapse of the contracts. At the same time the...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, TransPennine Express, DfT, Department for Transport, Tory Government,
RMT exposes First Group’s hypocrisy
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned major rail and bus operator First Group’s announcement that it plans to pay a shareholder dividend of £365m this year, following the sale of two US bus divisions, at the same time as it continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, Hull Trains, Shareholder Dividend,
RMT appalled at bus and rail giant FirstGroup plans
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today expressed its disgust and dismay at revelations that rail and bus owner FirstGroup is taking steps to maximise pay outs to shareholders and will also profit from the Coronavirus pandemic. It was announced today that FirstGroup...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, covid-19, gwr
RMT warns rail franchise chaos set to deepen
Rail union RMT warned today that the franchise chaos on Britain's railways is set to deepen with key player First Group under increasing pressure from ‘activist investors’ Coast Capital to exit its UK rail operations. The warning comes the day...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, southeastern, go ahead, stagecoach, rail review, williams review,
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
RMT comments on First Group losses
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This looks like First Group are preparing for another buyout move by US private equity group Apollo Management. The crisis at First Group just underlines the chaotic nature of the transport industry in Britain...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, takeover
RMT on hostile takeover bid for First Group
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This looks like yet another bunch of speculators and asset strippers homing in on the British transport sector. "First have been propped up by the Government on the Great Western routes for many years...
Region: National
Tagged with: First group, south western railway, great western, apollo managment
RMT launches direct challenge to rail safety body
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a direct challenge to the rail safety body, the RSSB, to fundamentally review it’s conflicted position on Driver Only Operation and the danger to passengers at the Platform Train Interface after the organisation was forced...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, platform train interface, pti, guards, conductors, southern rail, gtr, northern rail, arriva, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr, first group
RMT exposes Grayling first class fiasco
Rail union RMT today exposed yet another Chris Grayling fiasco as his pledge to phase out First Class travel on London commuter routes just four months ago turned to dust as it emerged that new rolling stock on South Western...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, first group, chris grayling, first class
RMT raises serious SWR safety breaches
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it has written to the rail safety regular, the Office of Road and Rail, setting out a series of serious safety breaches during last week’s strike action on South Western Railway. The incidents, which...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, first group, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, safety breach, strike, orr, office of road and rail
RMT slams Govt list of approved bidders for East Midlands
RAIL UNION RMT has today slammed the Government list of approved bidders for the East Midlands rail franchise as "same old bunch of failures, chancers and overseas rip-off merchants with the UK public ownership option ignored once again". The approved,...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: east midlands trains, arriva, trenitalia, first group, stagecoach
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
RMT on First Group running trains on East Coast
General Secretary Mick Cash said: "This fit up by the Government gives First Group a chance to cherry-pick open access services on the East Coast in the name of profit while the public sector option is ignored yet again. "The...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, east coast
Northern / TPE franchise award
General Secretary Mick Cash said "This widely-trailed announcement is no surprise but will still come as a bitter blow to rail users and rail staff across the North. "Rather than all the garbage about the Northern Powerhouse this mornings announcement...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, transpennine express, first group
Ballot for action underway on First Great Western
At the end of May the union confirmed that it had entered into dispute with First Great Western over the introduction of Super Express Trains on their franchise. We made it clear that RMT were seeking the following assurances from...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first group, first great western, iep, doo, hitachi, fgw
RMT exposes secret plan to axe buffet cars
RMT negotiators have uncovered this shock move buried in the detail of the plans for new fleet of Inter-City rolling stock for both FGW and the East Coast Mainline. Under the proposals for the new trains there will be no...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, east coast, inter-city, catering, buffet, first group