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Merseyrail cleaners demonstration
RAIL UNION RMT announced today that Merseyrail cleaners will be demonstrating this Saturday 18th September at Liverpool Central Station from 10.30 to 12.30. The demonstration is calling for cleaning to be taken out of the hands of contractors and brought in-house. Outsourced...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Outsourcing, Demonstration
Merseyside politicians unite to slam Merseyrail’s treatment of heroic cleaners
The open letter, signed by 7 Labour MPs, Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson and 49 Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors from across Merseyside, condemns Merseyrail for ‘presiding over the appalling mistreatment of this heroic workforce’ after cleaners employed by Stadler were...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Cleaners
RMT to ballot cleaners on Stadler
RAIL Union RMT today began balloting cleaners employed by outsourcing company Stadler on Merseyrail services for strike action, following attempts to trample over member’s pay, terms and conditions. Cleaners on Merseyrail are being threatened with the sack unless they sign...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Stadler, Cleaners, Fire and Rehire, Steve Rotheram,
Merseyrail Mitie cleaners strike again
RMT Mitie station and accommodation cleaners on the Merseyrail Contract will be striking and demonstrating again tomorrow - Friday 13th August - in their ongoing campaign in support of pay and workplace justice. ‎ The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, Cleaners, Strike, Protest, Pay Justice
Merseyrail cleaners strike and protest tomorrow in fight for pay justice
The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters, will be outside Mitie and Merseyrail’s Liverpool Headquarters at Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF at 8am on Friday 23rd July. The cleaners voted by a massive majority for action...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice
Merseyrail cleaners strike for pay justice
RMT Mitie station and accommodation cleaners on the Merseyrail Contract are taking strike action and demonstrating in support of pay justice this Friday - 23rd July. ‎ The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters, will be outside Mitie and Merseyrail’s...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT calls for urgent progress on new Merseyrail fleet
RAIL UNION RMT today called for urgent progress to be made over the introduction of the new fleet of Merseyrail trains warning that the expensive new units are being left to rust in the sidings at serious cost to the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Guards, Fleet, Merseytravel, Metro Mayor
Merseyrail accused of ‘pandemic profiteering’ as shareholders get £3 million dividend
Merseyrail bosses paid the shareholders of Serco and Dutch state subsidiary Abellio a £3 million dividend in March 2020 while the heroic staff who kept services running are expected to endure a 2 year pay freeze and cleaners who have kept their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail
RMT response to Merseyrail Kirby derailment this evening
"RMT is aware of this incident and we will ensure that we are fully engaged in the investigation currently underway by the relevant bodies.  "It is essential that the full facts are established and in the meantime the union will...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Kirby, Derailment
RMT demands clarity over South African variant on TFL and Merseyrail
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it has written to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, demanding action after the union revealed that both TfL and Merseyrail are instructing staff in the postcodes impacted by the South African variant of COVID-19...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, South African Variant, Grant Shapps, Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Merseyrail
RMT secures major pay victory on behalf of cleaners
Mitie had pulled a pay increase to a minimum of £9 an hour for its Merseyrail staff but a high profile RMT campaign has forced them to honour the backdated award in a victory that the union says is an...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, cleaners, pay,
RMT slams Merseyrail contractors Mitie
RAIL UNION RMT today blasted Merseyrail station cleaning and facilities’ contractor Mitie for using the cover of the Covid-19 crisis to withdraw a pay award dated back to July last year. The union says it is a profiteering move that...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, cleaners, living wage, Covid-19
Joint Press Release from RMT, Merseyrail & Liverpool City
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseyrail and RMT have reached agreement on the release of back-dated pay awards to guards, withheld since the dispute over their roles on the city region’s new trains commenced in April 2017. The agreement was reached...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, Liverpool city region combined authority, Steve Rotheram, Covid-19
Justice for Mitie Merseyrail Cleaners demo on Thursday
The protest will take place on Thursday 27th February from 13.00-15.00, outside Merseytravel’s Headquarters at No 1 Mann Island, Pierhead, Liverpool RMT activists and supporters will make the case against poverty pay outside the combined Passenger Transport Authority and Executive for Merseyside’s...
Region: North West
Tagged with: mite, merseyrail, cleaners, living wage
RMT welcomes Liverpool Councillors’ support
Merseyrail has contracted out its station cleaning work to the outsourcing giant Mitie, who pay their cleaning staff at below the level of the Real Living Wage. Rail union RMT has been fighting to end this scandal as part of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, mitie, cleaners, real living wage
Justice for Mitie Merseyrail Cleaners demonstration
The protest will take place on Thursday 7th November at 16.45 – 18.00 outside Merseyrail, Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF. RMT activists and supporters will make the case against poverty pay for a group of crucial staff who do...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, mitie, cleaners, real living wage, pay justice,
RMT secures major breakthrough on Merseyrail Guards dispute
Rail union RMT today suspended all action in the long-running dispute on Merseyrail after the company tabled an offer that guarantees both a guard on the train and the safety-critical role of that guard in the despatch process and ensures...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT demonstration for Justice for Mitie Merseyrail Cleaners
The protest will take place on Monday 14th October 16.45 – 18.00 outside Merseyrail, Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF. RMT activists and supporters will make the case against poverty pay for a group of crucial staff who do some...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, merseyrail, real living wage, cleaners, justice for cleaners,
RMT suspends first three days of strike action on Merseyrail
Following a positive meeting with Steve Rotheram Metro Mayor, MerseyTravel and the RMT fresh proposals have been made which represent significant progress in regards to addressing RMT’s concerns. In order to allow for further detailed discussion the RMT has agreed...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms Merseyrail Guards strike action goes ahead
Saturday’s action is the first of a further six days of strike action that have been announced by the union in the long-running guards’ and safety dispute on Merseyrail. The union’s executive have instructed our Merseyrail members not to book...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms new strike dates in Merseyrail Guards' dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new batch of strike dates in the long-running guards’ and safety dispute on Merseyrail as the company has failed to deliver on the crucial issue of a safe method of train dispatch. As a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT Merseyrail joint statement
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseyrail and the RMT Union have today agreed in principle that, subject to the provision and approval of an appropriate, affordable and sustainable funding package, the new fleet of Merseyrail trains, will have a...
Region: National
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
JOINT STATEMENT ON MERSEYRAIL GUARDS' DISPUTE
“The meeting was scheduled to enable an update on the ACAS process to date from the RMT’s perspective and we discussed the next phase of the negotiations. Today’s discussions have been positive and constructive and we have made good progress...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, acas, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
Acas Joint Statement on behalf of Merseyrail and RMT
Following twelve hours of constructive talks held under the auspices of the conciliation service, Acas, Merseyrail have acknowledged RMT’s clear position that the only way that this industrial dispute will be resolved is by having a second safety critical person...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Dispute, Acas
RMT confirms ACAS talks in Merseyrail Guards' safety dispute
“Merseyrail wrote to RMT on the 19th of March stating for the first time in this dispute that  “We will enter into talks accepting that the outcome may be a second person on every train”.  Merseyrail’s previous refusal of this...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT thrashes out terms for ACAS talks in Merseyrail dispute
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has hammered out proposed terms of reference for ACAS talks in the year-long Merseyrail dispute over the axing of guards after the company accepted, for the first time, ‎the possibility of having a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
First anniversary of Merseyrail Guards' dispute
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   “This dispute has needlessly dragged on for a year now due to the fact that it hasn’t cost the employer, Merseyrail, a single penny piece. Liverpool City Region council tax payers are having...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern and Merseyrail strike action "united & determined"
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our members on both Northern and Merseyrail stand united and determined this morning in these two separate disputes which are about putting public safety before private profit.   "The weather over the past week...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern and Merseyrail strike action goes ahead tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said today that further strike action tomorrow, Saturday 3rd March, in separate disputes with train operating companies Northern and Merseyrail over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT welcomes Jeremy Corbyn’s backing for Guards campaign
RMT has welcomed the backing of Jeremy Corbyn in the campaign to keep the guard on our trains.   The Labour leader today retweeted the RMT film “Unguarded”, which makes the case for a safe secure and accessible railway based...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, jeremy corbyn, labour, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail
Further 24 hours of strike action on Northern and Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT today announced further strike action on Saturday 3rd March in separate disputes with train operating companies Northern and Merseyrail over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to lobby "Merseyrail stakeholders"
RAIL UNION RMT will be lobbying the Merseyrail stakeholders reception this Thursday – 25th January- as part of the on-going campaign in defence of guards on Merseyrail trains:   The lobby details are as follows:   MERSEYRAIL “STAKEHOLDERS RECEPTION”  ...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT strike action solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT members remain rock solid in each of the separate disputes across the country over rail safety this morning, on the final day of this phase of action, as we continue to fight...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, merseyrail, arriva rail north, south western railway, greater anglia, doo, dco, guards, conductors
Merseyrail blows Metro Mayor’s cover on guard talks
THE FALLACY that Merseyrail is prepared to enter talks without preconditions over the safety role of guards has been blown wide apart by the company’s own letter to staff.   In a round-robin to guards, operations director Zoe Hands makes...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, steve rotheram
RMT members standing firm this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our members are standing firm this morning in the separate disputes across the country in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard.    "This week, in the midst of the Tory...
Region: National
Tagged with: driver only operation, doo, greater anglia, south western railway, merseyrail, arriva rail north, guards, conductors
RMT confirms that strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action goes ahead exactly as planned on Wednesday and Friday in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of...
Region: National
Tagged with: greater anglia, south western railway, swr, merseyrail, arriva rail north, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms that strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action goes ahead exactly as planned next week in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only...
Region: National
Tagged with: strike, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, northern rail, southern rail, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway
RMT to meet South Western Railway and Northern Rail today
Rail union RMT will be meeting with senior managers from South Western Railway and Northern Rail today – 3rd January - in last ditch talks aimed at brokering a solution to the guards’ safety dispute with the next phase of three...
Region: National
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, northern rail, arriva rail north, southern rail, gtr, greater anglia, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT launches new film in support of Keep the Guard campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launches a new film and social media drive in support of both the “Keep The Guard” campaign and the workers involved in disputes across the country in defence of rail safety. A short film “Unguarded”, weaving...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, unguarded, southern rail, southern railways, merseyrail, arriva rail, north, greater anglia, abellio, arriva, guards, conductors,
RMT Merseyrail action rock solid again this morning in fight
"Once again on Merseyrail this morning our members are standing rock solid in the fight for rail safety and against the plans to throw the guards off our trains. "It's about time that the senior Labour politicians on Merseyside took...
Region: National
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, dispute
A million more trains a year to run without guards
RAIL UNION RMT has predicted that over a million more trains a year will run without guards on the five companies RMT is currently in dispute with, Greater Anglia Railway, Merseyrail, Northern Rail, Southern Rail and South Western Railway. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, southern, southern rail, south western railway, greater anglia, merseyrail, arriva rail north
RMT announces DOO strike action in New Year
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action in January in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern rail, southern railways, southern, swr, south western railway, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, island line, greater anglia, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms 24 hours of strike action on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members on Merseyrail will take a further 24 hours of strike action on December 22nd, in the dispute over guards and rail safety, that the union says could be easily resolved if senior Merseyside Labour...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, steve rotheram
RMT welcomes Labour MP Dan Carden’s backing
Rail union RMT has welcomed Labour MP Dan Cardens support for their fight to keep the guard on our trains. The Liverpool Walton Labour MPs has been a solid supporter of the guards and this week  Mr Carden secured a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, dan carden mp, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT seeks meeting with Liverpool’s Metro Mayor
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it will be seeking a meeting with Liverpool’s Metro Mayor to secure a positive and constructive response to proposals put forward by MPs to resolve the Merseyrail dispute.  ‎ Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, steve rotheram, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT sets out road map to resolve Merseyrail dispute
As MPs prepare to debate the Merseyrail guards’ industrial action at Westminster this evening RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written to the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and other political leaders in the Liverpool City...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, joe anderson, steve rotheram
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 calls for an end to the attack on guards
RAIL UNION RMT today called for an immediate halt and reversal of plans to axe guards from Britain's trains after the rail safety body, the RSSB, produced new research warning of a growing danger at the platform train interface and...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, southern rail, gtr, south western railway, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, rssb, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Second day of latest phase of action in rail safety disputes
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members involved in this second day in the latest phase of action on Greater Anglia, Southern and South Western Railway remain solid and united this morning  in separate disputes which are about putting...
Region: National
Tagged with: arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, southern, southern rail, gtr, south western railway, swr, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members standing rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members stand solid, united and determined again this morning in the latest phase of strike action in a raft of separate disputes which are about putting safety, security and access to transport services...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, southern rail, south western railway, merseyrail, greater anglia, doo, driver only operation
RMT responds to Government-cheerleaders, the RDG
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These strikes are about rail safety and accessibility pure and simple. Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation....
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action, northern, northern rail, arriva, gtr, southern, southern rail, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr, rail union, rmt
Former Merseytravel boss calls for rethink on Guards
Former Merseytravel boss Mark Dowd OBE has called for a rethink of the plan to remove guards from Merseyrail. In a letter to the union journal RMT News Mr Dowd highlighted concerns about a doubling of sexual assaults on the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseytravel, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT warns of danger to passengers from strike breaking plans
RAIL UNION RMT has today issued a warning that rail operator’s strike breaking plans this week will put passengers at serious risk. RMT is aware that rail companies are training up rail staff who have previously had no rail operational...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strikes, industrial action, greater anglia, southern, southern rail, gtr, abellio, swr, south western railway, northern, northern rail, arriva, merseyrail,
RMT hits back at Chris Grayling
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These strikes are about rail safety pure and simple. Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation. Those are...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, evening standard, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action, northern, northern rail, arriva, gtr, southern, southern rail, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr
RMT announces further DOO strike action
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action in November in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, swr, south western railway, abellio, greater anglia, arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, arriva, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors,
RMT seeks urgent meeting with Liverpool leaders
AN URGENT meeting with Liverpool City Region leaders is being sought today by rail union RMT following revelation of “a shocking litany of misinformation, distortion and blatant lie” in a Merseytravel report on the Merseyrail guards dispute.   A five-page...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, liverpool city region, raib, rail accident investigation branch, steve rotheram, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors, james street
RMT writes to Merseyrail owners with “fair” proposal
RAIL UNION RMT has written to Merseyrail’s joint owners – in advance of two days of strike action next week – with what the union called a “realistic and fair” proposal to resolve the Guards’ dispute. The union has also...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, serco, doo, dco, guards, conductors, driver only operation
Preparations well under way for strike action
RAIL UNION RMT said that preparations are well under way for strike action in four separate disputes over the threat to guards and safety as private train operators press ‎ahead with plans to extend Driver Only Operation - putting private profits...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new phase of strike action on Merseyrail
A FURTHER PHASE OF STRIKE ACTION BY MEMBERS OF RAIL UNION RMT will go ahead on Merseyrail early next month following the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT welcomes TUC backing in Merseyrail guards' dispute
RMT today welcomed a unanimous vote at the TUC this morning for the campaign against driver only operation on Merseyrail and other franchises ‎where the union is engaged in disputes over safety. The TUC has passed a motion promising to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, tuc, tuc17, southern, northern, merseyrail, greater anglia, south western railway, doo, dco, guards, conductors
Second day of latest phase of rock-solid Merseyrail strike
‎On second day of latest phase of rock-solid Merseyrail strike action over safety-critical guards RMT repeats demand to Labour politicians "Which side are you on?"   General Secretary Mick Cash said;     "Politicians on Merseyside have no mandate for...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, strike
Merseyrail talks latest
RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT slams Grayling over Northern transport shambles
‎General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The Tory Northern transport shambles continues today with Chris Grayling now wading in to local civic leaders just 24 hours after his former colleague George Osborne targeted his fire on his own side. This is a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern powerhouse, northern rail, merseyrail, george osborne, chris grayling, conservative, tories, tory party
New strike action on Merseyrail over role of Guards
A FURTHER PHASE OF STRIKE ACTION BY MEMBERS OF RAIL UNION RMT will go ahead on Merseyrail early next month following the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Guards, Dispute
RMT writes to train companies seeking talks on Guards
The current disputes are on Northern, Southern and Merseyrail. A dispute has been declared on Greater Anglia and ballot preparations are underway and the union has also set clear deadlines for assurances on the future role of the guard on...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, southern, northern, southern rail, northern rail, abellio, gtr, merseyrail, south west trains, greater anglia
RMT on meeting with Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "We have had a productive meeting today and there was a full and frank exchange of views and information. “Both sides agreed to continue the dialogue and we will reconvene within the next 6 weeks"...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, steve rotheram
Merseyrail Kirkdale picket line this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "The strike action on Merseyrail in defence of rail safety and access is rock solid again this morning as RMT sends out the clearest possible message that the fight to retain guards on trains...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail strike action on for Sunday
STRIKE ACTION BY MEMBERS OF RAIL UNION RMT goes ahead on Sunday on Merseyrail after the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart of the on-going dispute - the future...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail ‘telling desperate lies’ over Guards dispute
MERSEYRAIL is resorting to desperate lies and distortions to hide the reality that it has lost the argument and is now also losing the strike over the need for safety-trained Guards, the network’s biggest union says today. Following four 100-per-cent-solid...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Dispute
RMT strike action over safety and access solidly supported
 RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;  "Once again RMT members are standing firm in the fight for safe and accessible rail services this morning. The action in the two separate disputes on Northern and Merseyrail is being solidly supported across...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT welcomes MPs backing for keeping guards on Merseyrail
 A motion has been tabled in parliament by Liverpool Walton MP Dan Carden and supported by City of Chester MP Chris Matheson amongst others. The motion “recognizes the vital role that guards play in providing advice and assistance and deterring...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike dates on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed new strike dates on Merseyrail after the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart of the on-going dispute - the future of the safety critical...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT exposes rail bodies collusion in drive to axe guards
RAIL UNION RMT today releases e-mail proof of collusion and complicity in the whole Driver Only Operation saga between the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)  and the Department for Transport (DfT). Michael Woods Head...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail safety and standards board, rssb, department for transport, dft, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, southern, southern rail, northern, northern rail, gtr, arriva, merseyrail
RMT demands immediate halt to axing of rail guards
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This election has sent out the clearest possible message that the British people have rejected the Tory programme of cuts, austerity, privatisation and division. "Despite Theresa May and her allies throwing the full weight...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, doo, driver only operation, northern, southern, merseyrail
RMT suspends strike action
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, arriva rail north, northern, southern, southern rail, gtr, merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a new strike date on Merseyrail after the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart of the on-going dispute - the future of the safety...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail guards talks collapse
The union had refrained from calling more strike action on Merseyrail to coincide with strikes in separate disputes at Arriva Rail North and Virgin East Coast, in order to give the talks a fair wind. But RMT’s offer to put...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
National RMT demo in London next week
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a national protest outside Parliament (Opposite Old Palace Yard) at noon next Wednesday, 26th April, to mark the one year anniversary of RMT industrial action against the extension of Driver Only Operation on Southern...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, southern, southern rail, northern, northern rail, merseyrail, guards, conductors
Which side are you on?
LABOUR’S candidate in the Liverpool region’s mayoral race has today been urged to declare his support for the campaign to retain guards on Merseyrail’s new fleet of trains. Rail union RMT has called on Steve Rotheram to pledge that he...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, mayoral candidate, labour, steve rotherham, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT strike action in three separate disputes "rock solid"
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT can report that support for all three strikes today is rock solid with pickets out in force and morale high as our members on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail continue the fight for rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT hits back over Merseyrail dispute claims
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;   “This dispute is not and never has been about who opens and closes the doors. The dispute is about whether we have a second safety trained person on ALL of Merseyrail’s fleet or...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, strike, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyside taxpayers to foot bill for Merseyrail strike loss
RAIL UNION RMT today exposes documents which reveal that Merseyside tax payers and passengers are to foot the bill for revenue loss as a result of strike action on Merseyrail over plans to remove Guards from trains. Dutch state owned...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, strike, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT warns of Merseyrail Grand National scabbing operation
Rail union RMT warned today that a scabbing operation set up by Merseyrail to run a skeleton service on Grand National day will put the public at risk – a fact openly admitted by Merseytravel Chairman Frank Rogers in his...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, grand national
RMT seeks meeting with Liverpool Mayor over Merseyrail
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written to Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson seeking an urgent meeting in an effort to resolve the Merseyrail guards dispute. In response to a major intervention by the Mayor into the dispute at the weekend,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Dispute, Liverpool Mayor
RMT confirms new strike date on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a new strike date on Merseyrail after the company wrecked talks yesterday over the crucial issue of the future of the safety critical role of the guard. Drivers and guards will take action as follows:...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT slams Merseyrail as they collapse crucial strike talks
The talks broke up after it became clear that the company were not serious about any meaningful negotiations and that they seemed more concerned about trying to rubbish the three key elements around staffing, funding and safety RMT had put...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT accepts Merseyrail invite to talks without preconditions
The talks follow RMT’s 100 per cent solid strike on Monday (March 13)   General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT has said from the start that the union is ready for talks with the company over the safe operation of the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT reaction to unanimous Martin Zee not guilty verdict
"RMT welcomes this verdict but condemns the Crown Prosecution Service for bringing this outrageous prosecution which the union believes served no public interest whatsoever.   "The prosecution of Martin Zee has caused untold stress to both him and his family...
Region: North West
Tagged with: martin zee, merseyrail, crown prosecution service, guards, conductors
Merseyrail profits would pay for keeping guards
Merseyrail and Merseytravel claims that they cannot afford to keep guards have been exposed as entirely wrong and misleading by new research showing that dividends paid out by Merseryrail are up to £14million a year, almost three times the cost...
Region: National
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, dispute
Press picture from Liverpool Lime Street picket line
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "The RMT action on Merseyrail this morning is absolutely solid with pickets out in force at all key points and the response on the ground has been wholly positive. It has been a massively...
Region: National
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, dispute
Merseyrail guard ‘saved my son’s life’, mother tells BBC
In a dramatic call to BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips show on Wednesday (March 8), the mother, who gave her name as Mary, said that without the guard’s actions she believed her son would have died, and called for guards to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Merseyrail legal challenge
"This is an important victory for the union. However, it is frankly ludicrous that Merseyrail have been wasting important time and money on bogus legal challenges this week when they should have been sat round the table with the union...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
High Court Throws Out Merseyrail Bosses’ Challenge
  Our Ref: BR2/0146   9 March 2017 CORRECTION STRIKE ACTION GOES AHEAD MONDAY REST DAY WORKING BAN STILL ON   Dear Colleague,   ROLE OF THE GUARD AND INTRODUCTION OF DOO - MERSEYRAIL Further to my email earlier tonight the description of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, high court, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Industrial action begins today on Merseyrail
Industrial action by RMT members on  Merseyrail begins today following the continued failure by the company to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the safety critical role of the guard. RMT members will not work any rest days...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Lime Street collapse underlines crucial role of guards
As details of the seriousness of Tuesday’s wall collapse began to emerge, RMT paid tribute to the “magnificent” response of railway staff and emergency services – and warned of the potentially lethal consequences if the trains involved had not had...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members vote for action on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike in a ballot for industrial action after Merseyrail’s continued failure to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT ballot for industrial action opens today on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a ballot for industrial action is underway after Merseyrail’s continued  failure to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the safety critical role of the guard. Ballot papers to both Merseyrail drivers and...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT moves into dispute with Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has informed Merseyrail that the union is now in formal dispute and will begin immediate preparations for a ballot for industrial action after the company failed to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the safety...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Another train assault underlines key role of guards
News of the January 6 assault – with striking similarities to an incident on Merseyrail a month before – emerged as RMT entered crunch talks with Merseyrail bosses today to head off the threatened removal of all guards on the franchise’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: transpennine express, guard, conductors, doo, driver only operation, tpe, merseyrail
RMT slams bid to spin tragedy as case for DOO
RAIL UNION RMT condemned highly misleading references to a Merseyside fatal rail-accident report as an effort to justify driver-only trains on Merseyrail. The union expressed disappointment that the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) on the tragic 2011 James...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, raib, james street
RMT sets Jan 26 deadline ‎for assurance on Merseyrail guards
The union has written to Merseyrail following the recent announcement that new rolling stock to be procured for the network would be configured for driver-only operation, and that guards would be removed from all Merseyrail services. As well as grave...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, guards, doo, driver only operation
RMT says Merseytravel "ramming DOO down our throats"
"RMT has made it clear that we will do whatever is necessary to defend the safety of our members and the travelling public. "If Scotrail can introduce new trains and retain guards, then so can Merseyrail "We will now be...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail guard faces down sex-attacker
THE CALM and decisive action of a safety-trained Merseyrail guard in facing down a sex-attacker and protecting the woman passenger he had assaulted and tried to rob underlines the “sheer, reckless stupidity” of plans to scrap guards, the network’s biggest...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Merseytravel silence on Guards is deafening, says RMT
MERSEYTRAVEL’S complete failure for more than six months to answer key safety questions over plans to remove guards from Merseyrail trains “tells us everything we need to know”, the network’s biggest union says today. Three attempts to get urgent answers...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards
Merseyside event in fight against DOO
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a major event in Liverpool this Thursday as the union mobilises members in defence of guards under attack in the Merseyside area:   After months of campaigning against Merseytravel plans to abolish the guard...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
CANCELLED – Martin Zee Demo this Monday
Dear Colleague,   CANCELLED - Martin Zee Demo this Monday   I have just been advised that the trial against Martin Zee has been postponed until March next year.   Therefore the demonstration set for Monday in Liverpool is CANCELLED.  ...
Region: North West
Tagged with: martin zee, merseyrail
Rail union RMT confirms two major events on Merseyside
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed two key dates as the union mobilise members in defence of guards under attack in the Merseyside area:     Justice for Martin Zee – July 25   Merseyrail Guard Martin Zee has been charged by...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, martin zee
RMT puts safety case at the heart of Merseyrail discussions
In a letter to the Chair of Merseytravel, released by RMT today, the union reiterates its key safety demands of the Combined Authority over the introduction of the new Merseyrail fleet and the threat to the guards.   With the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation
RMT to lobby Merseytravel tomorrow over threat to guards
RMT recently launched a public campaign to protect the jobs of Guards on Merseyrail and the union has written to nearly 400 Councillors and MPs across the whole of Merseyside to also raise our concerns over the threat to the Guards....
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, guards, abellio
Merseyside says NO to DOO
PLANS TO axe Merseyrail guards and introduce driver-only operated trains have been given a massive thumbs-down by nearly 80 per cent of passengers surveyed by the Opinium polling agency. Merseyrail Campaign A poll commissioned by RMT, the guards’ union, reveals that...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, driver only operation, guards
IMPOSITION OF ROSTERS
Our Ref: BR2/8/2 23rd December 2015 Dear Colleague IMPOSITION OF ROSTERS – STATION STAFF – MERSEYRAIL I write to advise you that following and the threat of industrial action and intense negotiations with Merseyrail, it has now withdrawn their decision to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail
RMT draws line in sand over Merseyrail safety
A NEW generation of Merseyrail trains will be welcomed by all – but they must have guards on board to maintain safety and security, the network’s biggest union says today. Passengers and rail workers alike will be horrified at the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel
Dismissal, S Wilson & R Bell – Lorne Stewart (Merseyrail Con
STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED Our Ref: BR1/4/1 7th July 2015 Dear Colleagues DISMISSAL, S WILSON & R BELL – LORNE STEWART (MERSEYRAIL CONTRACT) Further to my letter to you dated 3rd July 2015 in which I advised you that the union’s executive...
Region: North West
Tagged with: lorne stewart, merseyrail
Lorne Stewart staff on Merseyrail to strike
RMT CLEANERS and maintenance staff working on Merseyrail stations for contractor Lorne Stewart are to strike on Friday (June 12) in support of two long-standing colleagues and union activists sacked on trumped-up charges.   The two, with some 70 years’ service between...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, lorne stewart, cleaners, maintenance, industrial action
RMT welcomes u-turn on Merseyrail service cuts
Merseyrail signalled a retreat from the cuts at talks yesterday after the union revealed proposals to slash nine rush-hour trains a day under a plan to ‘standardise’ weekday and Saturday timetables. RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “Merseyrail yesterday...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel,
RMT condemns secret plan to axe peak-hour Merseyrail trains
Secret proposals to slash as many as nine rush-hour Merseyrail trains a day fly in the face of Merseytravel’s long-term rail plan, launched only days ago with a huge media fanfare, the union says. Cuts pencilled in to the new...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel
Merseyrail pay strike coincides with Grand National
Staff have been instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:- •    00:01 on Thursday 3rd April 2014 and 23:59 on Friday 4th April 2014. Lorne Stewart workers carry out the essential station cleaning and maintenance that helps keep Merseyrail moving....
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, lorne stewart, pay strike
Merseyrail (Lorne Stewart) Cleaning and Maintenance Strike
RMT members working for Merseyrail contractors’ Lorne Stewart will be taking a third phase of strike action this week as the company continues to refuse to engage in serious talks aimed at resolving the dispute despite the best efforts of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Lorne Stewart, Cleaning & Maintenance, Strike
ROPand COS 2013 - Lorne Stewart (Merseyrail)
Dear Colleague, RATES OF PAY & CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2013 LORNE STEWART (MERSEYRAIL) Firstly I would like to congratulate you all for the steadfast resolve against a company that has imposed 5 pay rises over the last 7 years. They clearly don’t value...
Region: North West
Tagged with: lorne stewart, merseyrail, strike action
Merseyrail Cleaning and Maintenance Contract Staff Strike
RMT members working for Merseyrail contractors’ Lorne Stewart will be taking a second phase of strike action on Monday after the company refused to engage in serious talks aimed at resolving the dispute despite the best efforts of RMT’s negotiators....
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Lorne Stewart, Cleaning & Maintenance, Strike
Merseyrail (Lorne Stewart) cleaners to strike
Lorne Stewart workers carry out essential station cleaning and maintenance that helps keep Merseyrail moving. After eight months of trying to negotiate, low paid Lorne Stewart workers have rejected the profitable company’s derisory below-inflation pay ‘offer’ and are making a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, lorne stewart, cleaners