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Delegation of cleaners delivers pay justice petitions to Govia Thameslink Railways
‎GTR outsources its cleaning to Atalian Servest on the Southeastern franchise and to Churchill on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. As RMT research showed recently, outsourced cleaning is associated with low pay, poor conditions and job cuts, as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, Cleaners, Petition
Government must use powers to prevent Go-Ahead paying dividend
As rail giant GO-AHEAD has announced its intention to pay a dividend, RMT is writing to the government to say it should use its powers to prevent such pandemic profiteering. In a statement today the company said, “The Board continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, GTR, Govia, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink, Covid-19
RMT names and shames Siemens
RAIL UNION RMT today named and shamed the multinational giant Siemens as one of the bad bosses continuing to operate on Britain's railways, as the company continues to deny recognition despite the majority of staff on the Govia Thameslink Railway’s...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Siemens, Siemens Mobility, Govia Thameslink Railway, GTR,
RMT spotlight on Churchill's Govia Thameslink Contract
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is stepping up the campaign to name and shame the bad bosses on Britain’s railways, shining a spotlight on the appalling employment practices of Churchill’s Cleaners on their contract with Govia Thameslink Railway....
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, Churchill's Cleaners
RMT calls for Southern to be stripped of franchise
RAIL UNION RMT has repeated the call this morning for GTR to be stripped of their franchise with the services taken into public ownership after it emerged that train operator Southern scored the worst levels of public trust out of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, great northern, thameslink, transport focus, public trust
RMT to hold DOO protest in London tomorrow
Rail union RMT will be holding a national protest tomorrow, Friday 26th April, from 12:00 outside Keolis UK, Evergreen Building North, 160 Euston Road, London NW1 2DX. The event coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the start of RMT strike action on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo
RMT to hold protest on 3rd annniversary of Southern dispute
Rail union RMT will be holding a national protest on Friday 26th April from 12:00 outside Keolis UK, Evergreen Building North, 160 Euston Road, London NW1 2DX. The event coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the start of RMT strike action on...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, keolis, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT renews nationalisation call as ORR fine GTR
Responding to the ORR fine of GTR and Ministers telling MPs that the Government is reviewing the company’s future RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This fine is yet another meaningless slap on the risk for a company that has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, orr, franchise, rail privatisation
RMT on Grayling "punishment" of Govia Thameslink
Grayling has also ruled out stripping GTR of the franchise and bringing it into public ownership despite a history of total and utter failure.  RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Chris Grayling's half-hearted slap on the wrists for GTR is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia thameslink, chris grayling, failing grayling, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT calls on new Southern chief to commit to Guards
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to the new Managing Director of Southern/GTR, Patrick Verwer, requesting that he takes an early initiative to resolve Britain’s longest running industrial dispute on Southern Rail over the axing of guards and the rolling out...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, guards, conductors
RMT demands full disclosure of all GTR contract documents
With yet another new timetable due to be brought in in six days time rail union RMT has demanded that the full contract documentation - including the current interim arrangements - relating to the failed GTR operation be released for public ‎scrutiny...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, contract documentation, franchise, rail privatisation, guards, conductors
RMT again calls for resignation of Transport Secretary
‎RAIL UNION RMT is once again calling for Transport  Secretary Chris Grayling to step down as a new leaked Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) briefing on crime and security reveals the dangers to staff from rail chaos. The document warns that...
Region: National
Tagged with: gtr, govia thameslink railway, chris grayling, tory government, btp, british transport police
RMT demands end to attack on guards
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding an end to the attack on guards on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) as Ministers have been forced to admit that the company is discriminating against disabled passengers. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, prm, pit stop, disabled access, guards, conductors
"Meltdown Monday"
RMT says that "Meltdown Monday" should spell the end of the privatised chaos on Britain's railways General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The union is picking up reports from both Northern and GTR of a hopeless lack of planning, combined with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, thameslink, great northern, govia, govia thameslink railway, disabled passengers, timetable
RMT slams new GTR timetable
Rail union RMT today called for Govia Thameslink Railway to be the next private train company to be stripped of their franchise as the union highlighted a disgusting insult to disabled people contained in the new timetable arrangements that come...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, thameslink, great northern, govia, govia thameslink railway, disabled passengers, timetable
RMT warning over Govia Thameslink automated trains
Rail union RMT warned today that the news confirmed by Govia Thameslink Railway that it has run its first fully automated passenger services through Central London this morning is just another step along the road to a faceless railway. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, GTR
Govt caught red handed bunging Southern £22m
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "The Government has at last been forced to admit  that they have bunged the basket-case Southern Rail over £20 million of taxpayers money to keep the dispute over safety running for nearly two years....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gtr, govia, chris grayling, dft, nao
Call for removal of DfT from assessing GTR contract breach
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for the removal of the Department for Transport from assessing Govia Thameslink Railway’s contract breach claim amid evidence of conflicts of interests and institutional bias in favour of GTR. The Secretary of State must make...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, GTR, Contract
RMT announces new strike date in Southern Guards dispute
Members will strike again for 24 hours on Monday 23rd January. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Charles Horton has repeatedly promised publicly to retain a second safety-critical member of staff on his trains but as soon as it comes to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Southern Rail leave disabled woman stranded
The Eastbourne Herald and the West Sussex County Times today reported on a disabled woman who was left stranded on Hampden Park train platform in the freezing cold for more than two hours because there was no one to help...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, disabled passengers
RMT hits back at Government-appointed ORR
General Secretary Mick Cash said. "The Office of Road and Rail are claiming to be an independent safety body when in fact they are a department of the government made up of Tory appointees and funded by the transport industry....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, orr, office of road and rail, govia, gtr, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT takes up offer of talks with Chris Grayling
Following correspondence from the Transport Secretary received today, RMT has responded as follows: The Rt. Hon Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR 5th January 2017 EO/N Dear Chris, Thank you for your...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern strike action remains rock solid this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning.   "These are local people fighting for safe railways for their local...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on YouGov poll
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "It is wholly understandable that the overwhelming majority of people want rail services wrestled out of the grubby hands of the private rail companies who have ripped-off and wrecked services for over two decades....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: yougov, southern, govia
Southern Rail owners Go Ahead ramp up dividends
 New research by transport union RMT has found that as passenger brace themselves for yet another fare increase in the New Year the four big transport groups that own many of Britain’s Train Companies are so profitable that they are...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rmt, transport union, transport workers union, virgin, go ahead, stagecoach, national express
Christmas Truce on Southern Rail in Government’s hands
The union highlighted recent agreements on new government rail contracts elsewhere in the country which have retained conductors and provided an agreed method of train dispatch on new modern trains.   The arrangements on the Government’s Great Western, East Coast,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to PM's plan to "hire more replacement buses"
General Secretary Mick Cash said; ‎"Instead of resorting to lash-up stunts for public relations purposes Theresa May should be instructing her Southern rail contractors to get back round the table and sort out the issues about passenger safety at the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, theresa may
RMT praises "incredible solidarity" of Southern Guards
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our guards on Southern Rail are taking up the fight for ra‎il safety again today and the union salutes their incredible solidarity and determination after months of attacks from the employer and the Government. "This...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Rail union RMT barred from ACAS talks on Southern Rail
Mick Cash said: “Southern Rail were fully aware last night that I would be attending the talks this morning at ACAS alongside our ASLEF colleagues. “This morning, on arrival for the talks, I was told that I would not allowed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT hits back as Southern rip up recognition agreement
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The claim from Southern that they do not recognise RMT for the purposes of bargaining on behalf of drivers is just plain wrong. The agreement, “Bargaining Procedures 2006 – updated 2009”, is crystal clear. RMT is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
RMT responds to Grayling move to ban strikes
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Instead of taking action to resolve the disputes on Southern Rail the Transport Secretary has chosen to jack up the rhetoric with his threat to ban strikes and to strip rail workers of their fundamental...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft
RMT at ACAS talks on Southern dispute tomorrow
Rail union RMT has confirmed that General Secretary Mick Cash will be attending talks at ACAS at ten am tomorrow morning on the Southern Rail dispute.   Ends
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
RMT and ASLEF drivers shoulder to shoulder
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT drivers on Southern Rail are standing shoulder to shoulder with their ASLEF colleagues this morning in a fight for safe train operation. This strike action is wholly the responsibility of a Government and a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef, rail union, rmt
RMT responds to Chris Grayling's attack on unions
“It is an absolute pack of lies for Chris Grayling to say that we were offered ACAS talks in the Southern disputes and refused to turn up. RMT has responded positively to every attempt to get the talks process back...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, acas, chris grayling, dft, doo, driver only operation
RMT calls for ORR investigation into Southern sabotage
RAIL UNION RMT will today write to the Office of Road and Rail demanding an urgent investigation after it emerged that Southern Rail cancelled up to 90% of its services from the south coast over the weekend due to "staff shortages"...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT releases text of letter to ORR over Southern sabotage
Dear Ian   SOUTHERN GTR DISPUTE   You will be aware of press reports over the weekend with allegations made by RMT and ASLEF over train crew sitting around in mess rooms, available for work while services were cancelled by...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, orr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT hits back at Southern Rail lies over staff availability
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said, "Once again Southern Rail are lying through their teeth over the cause of today's disruption to services and once again they are trying to lay the blame on their frontline staff for their own...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Tory attack on union at PMQ's
"With the Tories now in open war over rail policy, with senior Conservative MP's calling for Chris Grayling's resignation, this is no time for mud slinging and lies from their front bench. "It's a time for cool heads, serious talks...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, chris grayling, rail union, rmt
RMT takes up offer from Bishops to broker talks
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said "RMT accepted the offer from Brighton and Hove Albion FC to broker talks and we are making the same positive response to the Bishops. " It is disgraceful that both the Government and Southern continue...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern strike action remains rock solid
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning. "The union repeats it's demand for Chris Grayling and his rail minister to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, grayling, network rail, privatisation
RMT to lobby Chris Grayling
RAIL UNION RMT is to lobby a major speech on rail policy by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in Central London tomorrow evening – 6th December – bang smack in the middle of the latest phase of action by guards on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, transport secretary, chris grayling, network rail, privatisation, policy exchange
RMT alters guards Christmas Southern action dates
Regarding the strike action called for 22nd to 24th December, the union is rescinding the instruction to conductor members to take strike action on those days. Members are now instructed to work normally on those days.   Instead, we are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT fury at Grayling and GTR
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT made it clear that the union was prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The fact that...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, go ahead, chris grayling, dft, department for transport, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Shocking new performance figures unveiled on Thameslink
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Govia Thameslink Railways have become an international laughing stock and it is time for the Government to pull the plug on this continuing scandal that shames our transport network. "They are in breach of contract...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, gtr, govia, go ahead
RMT accepts offer from Brighton and Hove Albion
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The union has been calling for just such a meeting...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Picketing continuing this afternoon at Selhurst Depot
Press picture hand out. Pickets out in force this afternoon at Southern Rail's Selhurst Depot are joined by members of RMT's Executive in a show of solidarity from across the union. Credit: RMT Save
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT reveals cost of resolving Southern guards dispute
ON THE SECOND DAY of the latest phase of strike action on Southern Rail, RMT revealed that the cost of resolving the dispute would be a tiny fraction of the £20 million bail-out thrown at the company by Transport Secretary...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, go ahead, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT thanks public for continuing support
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT thanks the travelling public for their continued support and understanding on the second day of the latest phase of strike action in the Southern guards safety dispute. The response this morning has been fantastic....
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Despite all of the dirty tricks from the company RMT can confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again this morning across the Southern Rail network as we fight to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern Rail to blame staff for total chaos at Falmer
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said; "The dangerous chaos at Falmer after the game on Friday night was entirely down to the sheer managerial incompetence of Southern Rail. "They were running short formations and cancelling services on the hoof due...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail's tweet plea 'mistake'
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is shocking that hundreds of thousands of pounds of fare payers money has been wasted by Southern on attacking and bullying their own staff. "That money could have been invested in keeping guards...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, tweet
RMT on total chaos on GTR last night
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Not only does the total chaos on GTR last night reinforce RMT's campaign to retain the guards on Southern Rail it also forces the issue about bringing guards back onto the Thameslink services back up...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, govia, gtr, southern rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT on total shutdown of services on Thameslink
‎General Secretary Mick Cash said.   "How much more of this unprecedented chaos on Govia Thameslink Railways have passengers got to endure before the Government pulls the plug on this basket case franchise?   "They are a sick joke and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, gtr, govia
RMT slams latest Southern threats to withhold pay from staff
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that it was it was despicable that the company felt it necessary to try and hoodwink staff into signing an agreement that sole purpose is to stop lawful industrial action. A copy of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT demands halt to Southern Rail's axing of guards
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) demanding an immediate halt to the operational programme that fundamentally changes the role of the guards on Southern Rail after growing evidence that that new model is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to ballot Southern drivers
Rail union RMT confirmed this morning that it is balloting drivers on Southern Rail for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over the extension of Driver Only Operation on Southern routes. The ballot will...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, ballot
RMT's Mick Cash calls for direct meeting with Chris Grayling
During the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Evidence Session on rail franchising this afternoon, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash launched a public call for a direct meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in a bid to break the deadlock...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling
RMT agrees to suspend Southern strike action on 3rd November
General Secretary Mick Cash said ‎" This decision has been made after close consideration and following a personal request from the British Legion. The union recognises the very special importance of that particular day and as result has agreed to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern Guards stand firm
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT Southern Guards are standing firm again this morning as they fight to defend safety and access on Britain's biggest rail franchise. "RMT thanks the travelling public for their support and understanding as our members...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO
TO ALL SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR MEMBERS   Our Ref: BR2/0146   17th October 2016     Dear Colleague   ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) STRIKE ACTION REMAINS ON   You may have seen today that Southern...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Further to my email sent to you earlier today I am aware our sister union, ASLEF, have had discussions today with Southern GTR’s on its proposals to extend Driver Only Operation. Following the meeting ASLEF have informed its members that...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to London Mayor statement on rail services
"What is clear today is that there is a growing political drive for Govia Thameslink Railways to be stripped of their franchise. The London Mayor should be insisting on full public ownership, as well as public accountability, and should not...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation
GTR deliberately preventing trains stopping at stations
RAIL UNION RMT has been alerted to the fact that GTR Southern is deliberately preventing trains from stopping at specific stations to force though Driver Only Operation. The union says that the revelations expose the fact that the company is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern talks break down
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said “RMT entered talks with Charles Horton from Southern Rail this morning in good faith and with every intention of trying to reach an agreement. “However, it became clear right from the outset that Mr...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT welcomes Southern rail acceptance of further talks
Mick Cash, RMT General secretary, said "RMT is pleased that GTR have responded positively to the union call for talks earlier today after Charles Horton told the BBC he was prepared to guarantee a second member of staff on every...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Despite all of the threats and bullying from the company RMT can confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again this morning across the Southern Rail network as we fight...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for fresh direct talks with Southern Rail
Following comments by Southern Rail boss Charles Horton saying that he will “absolutely” guarantee a second safety-critical person on all trains that currently have a conductor RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written calling for immediate face to face talks...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, charles horton
RMT responds to latest Southern attack
RMT can confirm the receipt of a formal legal challenge from Southern Rail in the guards safety dispute. It is appaling that rather than sitting down with us at ACAS today to seek a resolution the company have chosen to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern boss is key player on "independent" safety board
  A leaked briefing memo from the self-styled “independent” Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) shows that not only is Southern Rail boss Charles Horton a key player in the train-company funded organisation but that they also advocate the sacking...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rssb, charles horton
Message of support from Paddington rail crash survivor
A survivor of the Paddington rail crash in October 1999 has pledged her full support for RMT’s campaign to defend the role of the guard on Southern Rail. In the week that marks the 17th anniversary of the disaster, in which...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, paddington rail crash
Southern reject RMT offer
Southern reject RMT offer of new package that could solve the guards dispute RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a fresh set of proposals that could have resolved the on-going guards dispute has been rejected out of hand by the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms Southern talks
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be attending talks with Southern Rail over the guards dispute and will be tabling a set of new proposals that deal with all of the issues and which take full account of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT forces Southern to withdraw media campaign
Rail union RMT has forced train company Southern to scrap it's “Strike Back” campaign ‎of incitement to violence against staff after a huge public backlash and after evidence begins to emerge of workers being abused and assaulted as a result...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, twitter
Southern refuse offer of unconditional ACAS talks
RAIL UNION RMT said this morning that Southern Rail have point blank refused approaches for unconditional talks at ACAS in a bid to get negotiations back on track as the next phase of strike action in the guards safety dispute...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, acas
Southern refuse RMT offer of genuine talks
This outrageous pre-condition means that the solution to the current dispute, based on the deal recently secured on Scotrail which protects passengers through the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on all current services, will not even be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT says jobs and safety on Southern not for sale for £2000
In response to the Southern “offer” circulated to the press this morning in advance of the next phase of strike action, Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said, “RMT is making it clear this morning that jobs, safety and access on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT responds to new COO and CEO appointments at GTR
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The appointment of Nick Brown as COO at Govia Thameslink Railways opens the door to the real possibility of a new approach and new talks over the threat to the role of the guards,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia thameslink, HS1, doo, driver only operation
Southern nomination for "Passengers Matter" beyond satire
It has emerged that Southern Railway has been shortlisted for a number of awards for its "hard work and community dedication", including the Passengers Matter accolade in the Association of Community Rail (ACORP) Awards.   RMT General Secretary Mick Cash...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, ticket office
RMT responds to announcement of Southern bail out
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This stinks of another multi-million pound taxpayer subsidy to bail out the failing Southern rail part of the Govia Thameslink franchise. If there’s money to prop up this private outfit why isn’t there cash available...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT suspends station staff strike action on GTR
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has suspended strike action involving station staff on Govia Thameslink scheduled for next Wednesday after significant progress was made in talks held at ACAS yesterday. Strike action in the separate dispute on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, ticket offices, station hosts
RMT hits back at Southern
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: "Southern trying to blame their own gross managerial incompetence on their front line staff just shows what a basket case franchise GTR is. Our disputes over guards and ticket offices are about putting safety...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Southern offer of talks
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is committed to serious and genuine talks and has been right from the moment that the proposals on the guards on Southern were first unveiled. That position has not changed and we remain...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT announces strike action by station staff across GTR
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed 24 hours of strike action by station staff members on Govia Thameslink Railways  over a threat to jobs, pay and safety from the impact of ticket office closures and the reorganisation of the workforce. Members will...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, station staff, ticket offices
RMT announces new Southern strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new programme of industrial action involving Southern rail guards after the company walked away from talks and opted instead to bulldoze through the roll out of the new operational arrangements from last Sunday without...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
GTR Station Staff vote to strike
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a 70% vote in favour of strike action in its ballot of members on Govia Thameslink Railways  over a threat to jobs, pay and safety from the impact of ticket office closures and the reorganisation of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia thameslink, govia, station staff
RMT issues full set of proposals rejected by GTR
RAIL UNION RMT has released the full set of proposals that were tabled in ACAS talks aimed at reaching a settlement in the Southern guards dispute. The unions proposals, rejected out of hand by the company, would have met the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
Southern dispute talks breakdown
Talks at ACAS over the future of Conductor/Guards on Southern services have broken down this morning after the company rejected out of hand a solid union proposal that would have ensured the second person on a train and the safety,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Our Ref: BR2/0146   10 th August 2016   STRIKE ACTION SUSPENDED – RETURN TO WORK FOR ALL SHIFTS COMMENCING FROM 22.00 HOURS TONIGHT   Dear Colleague,     ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)   Further to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia,
RMT presses GTR for urgent talks in Southern guards dispute
RMT presses Govia Thameslink for urgent talks in Southern guards safety dispute Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said "RMT officials have already cleared the diaries and are available for serious and genuine ACAS talks which is exactly what we have...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Shocking new BBC audio reveals GTR staff abuse
Shocking new audio released this morning by the BBC reveals that Govia Thameslink staff are being spat at, punched and threatened with stabbing due to a constant barrage of company lies about the reasons for the constant chaos across the...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to ballot station staff across GTR
Rail union RMT confirmed today that it to begin balloting station staff across Govia Thameslink Railways for industrial action over the threat to jobs, pay and safety from the impact of ticket office closures and the reorganisation of the workforce....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, station staff, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, ticket offices
PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF STATION HOSTS – GTR
Our Ref BR2/2/2 26th July 2016 TO ALL GTR STATION STAFF Dear Colleagues STATION STAFF TO BE BALLOTED! PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF STATION HOSTS – GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY I write concerning GTR’s proposed reorganisation of stations which will see the creation of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia, southern, station staff
RMT calls for GTR to be exempted from franchise
New Parliamentary answers and the government’s appearance at the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee on Wednesday evening have revealed that the Government will be able take the Southern Franchise off GTR if the new rail minister rejects a new application from...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, gtr, govia, guards, conductors
RMT says passengers and staff "being held hostage" by GTR
Rail union RMT said today that passengers and staff are being "held hostage" by Govia Thameslink as services collapsed into dangerous chaos last night with Brighton Station closed due to lethal overcrowding. Services this morning have been plagued by delays,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Govia performance at rock-bottom
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded urgent action from the new Transport Secretary and his team as the latest performance figures revealed that, despite being allowed to cancel nearly 350 trains a day under the so-called “emergency timetable” the service on GTR...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for Parliamentary inquiry over GTR
New information supplied to the RMT has revealed that Civil Servants at the Department for Transport are authorising train cancellations on GTR. The shocking news comes on the day that guards strike over jobs and safety on Southern and confirms...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Mick Cash on the Southern Rail picket line
  Press picture hand out. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our members on Southern are rock solid in support of the action this morning in the fight to stop the basket-case GTR franchise from ripping apart the safety culture on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr, govia
Southern rail bosses embroiled in a new bonus scandal
RAIL UNION RMT today reveals new parliamentary questions which show that Government fines on Govia Thamelink Railway for poor performance are less than the £3.4 million the company paid in bonuses and salary to just two of GTR’s directors  ...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT on ORR and RSSB wading in to support Southern Rail
General Secretary Mick Cash said: " The RSSB is funded by the train companies so of course they are going to wade in to support one of their financial backers in this dispute over the safety-critical  role of the guards. They...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductor
Southern performance sinks to rock bottom in latest stats
Below RMT reproduces the latest performance stats on GTR services from Friday which shows that they have sunk to an all time low. The union received reports of dangerous overcrowding on services on Friday, particularly on the London to Brighton...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern lies exposed
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a picture tweeted by a passenger – Cliff Heys-Limonard – of the 1303 service from Brighton to Chichester on Wednesday that was cancelled by the company due to “ staff sickness.” The picture shows the driver...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to comments from Southern boss
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Passengers and staff alike are sick and tired of the Southern top bosses and the Government trying to blame everyone other than themselves for the chaos that they have unleashed on Britain's biggest rail franchise.‎...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, conductors, doo, driver only operation
New RMT Hotline exposes GTR delays
In less than a week since rail union RMT set up a dedicated helpline for people to let us know about GTR ‘train cancellations’ we have definitive evidence of 33 trains cancelled where staff were available and ready to work but...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, thameslink, doo, driver only operation, conductors, guards
GTR owners paid fat cat salaries while passengers suffer
The bosses of Go-Ahead, which owns Govia Thameslink Railway, the UK’s worst performing railway,  have been paying themselves and shareholders huge sums and bonuses while passengers suffer on a daily basis, rail union RMT can reveal today.   The “Remedial...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, Bonuses
RMT exposes GTR "Five Big Lies"
In a desperate attempt to further obscure the truth GTR are today holding an ‘information session’ between 12.30pm and 3pm in Dining Room B, a private bolt hole for corporate lobbying in the House of Commons, to brief MPs about...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gatwick express, gtr, southern, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
Govia now declare war on Gatwick Express staff
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the failing Govia Thameslink Railway’s franchise has now shifted its attacks and abuse on staff from those working on the Southern Rail part of the operations to Gatwick Express in what the union has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gatwick express, govia, gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors, charles horton
Southern caught red-handed lying about staff sickness impact
  In a letter to Southern MD Charles Horton – attached – the union pulls out two recent examples of how the company is attempting to shift the scandal of short-staffing and managerial incompetence onto the front-line workforce – leaving...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, charles horton, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT warns Southern
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that a persistent campaign of abuse and denigration of its front-line workforce by Southern/GTR is leaving staff open to attacks and assaults by members of the public who may have bought into the company lies....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, charles horton, conductors, driver only operation
Scandal of new GTR contract
A new government agreement, representing a last ditch attempt to prevent the termination of the Govia Thameslink railway franchise agreement, will allow the company to increase train cancellations by a third, from 23,391  to 32,000 a year, representing almost 9000 additional cancellations...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia thameslink, contract,
RMT demands to see records of Southern bosses
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded to see the personal sickness, pay and perks records of the top bosses currently running the basket-case, rip-off Southern Rail franchise into the ground. The union demand has come after the company took the step...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Most of you are aware that Southern management has reached a new low in industrial relations. They will be sending members not allocated Conductors positions a letter giving them 12 weeks’ notice of termination of their post. Members will then be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, conductors, driver only operation
RMT hits back at Southern’s "campaign of misinformation"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “There has been a disgraceful campaign of misinformation by GTR over the staffing crisis on Southern Trains that has led to more services being cancelled today.‎ The blame for those cancellations lies solely with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT slams "disgraceful" Southern/GTR press report
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed Southern/GTR for "disgraceful and provocative" behaviour as it emerged in a report in the Times this morning that the company have deliberately engineered disputes with their staff in an attempt to smash the unions so...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, conductors, driver only operation
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 12th May 2016 Dear Colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) Further to my previous correspondence with regards to the above dispute, the matter has again been subject to recent consideration by your...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, driver only operation, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHANGE STRIKE DATES The National Executive Committee has asked me to congratulate you on the solid strike action you took on the 26th April. We have had a lot of support from the public who understand the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, conductors
RMT switches Southern guards strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed this morning that it has switched the next strike date for action involving guards on GTR Southern as the union’s executive prepares for a prolonged campaign over the threat to the role of the guards and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, conductors, doo, gtr, govia
Southern GTR dispute update
SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ACTING ILLEGALLY ON PAY AND PASSES SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ACTING ILLEGALLY BY BULLYING AND HARASSING STAFF   SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ACTING ILLEGALLY BY BREACHING THEIR FRANCHISE AGREEMENT Pay and Passes I am writing to let you know what the union...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, conductors
Southern management walk out of talks
Southern Rail management have today walked out of talks around the guards safety-dispute across the franchise and have ratcheted up the temperature by issuing a threatening letter to staff asking them to sign an undertaking that they will take no...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT prepares to ballot Southern GTR station staff
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun preparations for a ballot of station staff across Southern GTR for industrial action in response to a direct threat to services, jobs and staff safety from the company’s plans to close...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, ticket offices
RMT challenges Southern claims
A spokesperson for RMT said:   “These figures on operational services during the Southern dispute are complete fiction and just make the company look even more ridiculous as it continues to wage war with its staff and customers over the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT Southern guards strike "rock solid"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involved hundreds of guards on Southern Rail, which kicked off at 11am, is rock solid across the franchise with pickets out in force at all key locations.   The union is distributing...
Region: South East and Anglia
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A letter from Southern Conductors
  To All Our Customers We feel it is important to explain to you, our customers, why we are in dispute with GTR and why we have been forced into taking strike action this week. GTR have decided that  from...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors, gtr, govia
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
You will by now have received a very threatening letter from Charles Horton, the Chief Executive Officer and I can honestly say that I have never seen such a disgraceful communication. I’m afraid it just proves how little the company...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, govia, driver only operation
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 19th April 2016 Dear Colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) Further to my previous correspondence with regards to the above matter and where I informed you of the magnificent results in the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT Southern guards record massive vote for strike action
With 393 ballot papers sent out the vote recorded‎; Strike Action.  Cast 321 Yes 306 No 14 Spoilt 1.  Industrial Action Short of Strike.  Cast 321 Yes 320 No 1 Spoilt 0. The massive mandate for action will now be considered by RMT's executive. The unions core demands are:...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, doo, conductors
IMPOSITION OF 12-CAR DOO, DRIVERS, SOUTHERN/GATWICK EXPRESS
Our Ref: BR2/0146 14th April 2016 Dear Colleague IMPOSITION OF 12-CAR DOO, DRIVERS, SOUTHERN/GATWICK EXPRESS SERVICES – GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that the RMT are in dispute with GTR over...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gatwick express, govia
Ballot for action over jobs and safety on Southern rail
RAIL UNION RMT said today that balloting of 300 conductors on Southern services ,operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, is now well under way and will conclude on Tuesday, 19th April. The ballot, for both strike action and action short of a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, doo, govia, thameslink
Government should scrap Govia ticket office closure plans
AS THE PASSENGER  body responsible for stations outside of the Capital, Transport Focus, today joined London Travel Watch in opposing the Govia Thameslink ticket office closure proposals, rail union RMT has called on Claire Perry, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, Ticket Office Closures
RMT calls on Govt to scrap Govia ticket office plans
In light of the fact that London Travelwatch has now clearly told Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) that it “was not able to support” the ticket office change proposals, rail union RMT today called on Claire Perry, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, thameslink, great northern, southern rail
Threatened ticket offices used over 190 million times
New RMT research has revealed the plain stupidity of proposals to axe and downgrade 84 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.   Keep ticket offices open campaign card Using official figures from the Office of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, great northern, southern rail, ticket offices, govia
Deadline looms for ticket office closure consultation
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a concerted push to urge passengers to respond to the public consultation over plans to axe and downgrade 84 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. Keep ticket offices open campaign...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, gtr, thameslink, great northern, southern ticket office
Urgent Action GTR ticket offices
Full details of the proposals and an e-mail facility to complain can be found on the RMT website. http://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/keep-ticket-offices-open-govia/ Keep ticket offices open campaign card With e-mails and if you are organising petitions or postcard responses please note we only...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia, thameslink, great northern, southern, ticket office
Next phase of fight over rail ticket office closures
This Thursday’s morning rush hour (3rd March) - from  7.30 am at  South London’s Balham train station - will see RMT members and Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley out in force to encourage passengers to protest and complain about Govia’s outrageous plans to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, southern, great northern, thameslink, ticket office
Mass rail ticket office closure plan across the South
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the public consultation over plans to axe and downgrade 81 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise appears to have finally kicked off today in total and utter chaos as...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, thameslink, southern rail, great northern
RMT to fight "ticket office carnage"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to launch an immediate campaign to defend jobs and services as it emerged that 81 stations are being set up to lose their ticket offices in a formal public consultation across routes served...
Region: National
Tagged with: thameslink, southern rail, great northern, govia, ticket offices
RMT steps up pressure on Southern
RAIL UNION RMT today called for “an end to the warnings and a move to real action” from the Government to take the failing Southern Rail franchise into direct public ownership as staff launched a new fight for safety over...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, govia thameslink railways
RMT calls for action
RMT calls for action after another morning of chaos on Govia Thameslink - Britain's worst performing rail franchise Rail union RMT today demanded that the Government take action to cancel and nationalise the basket-case Govia Thameslink franchise after another morning of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, thameslink, southern rail,
Southern/Gatwick Express & Govia Thameslink Railway
Our Ref: BR2/0001 30th November 2015 Dear Colleague, Southern/Gatwick Express & Govia Thameslink Railway 2015 Pay Dispute Referring to our previous correspondence, I write to advise you of the latest developments in the matter of your pay. Your negotiating team had another...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gatwick express, govia thameslink
Rates Of Pay And Conditions Of Service 2015
Our Ref: BR2/0001/GTR/(CSRPO) 1 October 2015 Dear colleague Rates Of Pay And Conditions Of Service 2015 – Govia Thameslink Railway (Thameslink And Great Northern) (Customer Services And Revenue Protection Officers) Your union held a meeting with the company on 17th July 2015 over a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink Railway, Thameslink, Great Northern