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Avanti's cashless plans designed to end onboard catering
Avanti's decision stands in stark contrast to ticket purchase where passengers will still be able to buy a ticket onboard with cash but will not be able to order food or drink in the same way. Back in November Avanti...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti, Onboard Catering, Rail
Hitachi Rail strike to go ahead
The stoppage will take place at Craigentinny, Bounds Green and Doncaster maintenance depots across the East Coast mainline and will conclude on February 24. More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which maintains the rolling...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, LNER
Yeovil bus routes cut by First Group stranding passengers
The multi-million-pound company which is part of First Group, will stop running 54 and 58/58A services at the end of March. The bus company also plans to make cuts to the 25 and 28 services. Passenger groups had previously warned any such cuts...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First Group, Bus, Yeovil
Network Rail jeopardises safety in cost cutting drive
Network Rail is planning £1.2bn of cuts over the next 5 years to track and infrastructure renewals work, following the government decision to axe the public company's budget.   If the cuts go ahead, there will be an increased risk to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Rail Cuts Costs Lives
RMT condemn "cowardly" Carlisle Support Services bosses threats to workers
Following the successful industrial action ballot earlier this week, where workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action over pay and holiday allowance, the company has been accused of threatening RMT members.   Reports have come in of the company demanding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Northern Trains, Carlisle Support Services
London Overground workers to strike over pay
More than 300 workers will take action which includes strikes and action short of strike.   The action will take place at the following times:   00:01 on Monday 19th February 2024 until 23:59 on Tuesday 20th February 2024   00:01 on Monday 4th March 2024 until...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Overground, Arriva Rail London
Hitachi Rail workers to take five days strike action
The stoppage will take place at Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots across the East Coast mainline and will conclude on Thursday 1st February.   More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, Strike
Cleaners on TPE suspend strike after new offer
Bidvest Noonan which employs cleaners to work on TPE services has offered more money backdated in the first year and from November have agreed to implement a "living wage" of £12 an hour.   The improved offer also contains staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TransPennine Express, TPE, Bidvest Noonan, Rail, Cleaners
TXM workers seek protective award over redundancy
The union has been in contact with TXM Plant’s administrators to understand what steps are being taken to find a new buyer, or funding for the company.   However as the workforce were not consulted properly and only given statutory...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TXM Plant, Rail,
Hitachi Rail maintenance engineers to take strike action
Strike action will take place at  Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots with members at Outstations and Maintenance Control also taking action.   Unite the Union members working for Hitachi Rail will be taking strike action at the same...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, Strike
Three quarters of bus drivers say their work causes MSK problems
400 bus workers were surveyed with 78% saying their occupation caused MSK problems.    94% said their working conditions could be improved by the introduction of adjustable seating, steering columns and driver dashboards.   And 95% said the bus driver's cabin could be designed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bus Drivers, Musculoskeletal, MSK
RMT responds to P&O opening new freight route
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “The Government’s weak response to P&O Ferries slashing 786 seafarer jobs in March 2022 means that the Dutch flagged ferry on this new route will not recover jobs for our members or tackle local economic deprivation....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries,
Tube strikes to go ahead after talks fail to make progress
The action will begin tonight at 6pm when maintenance train workers at Ruislip Depot will walk out for 24 hours.   Control staff will strike on Sunday for 24 hours and from Monday to Wednesday nearly 10,000 RMT members will strike across the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Strike, London Underground, Transport for London, TfL, Mayor of London
RMT calls for talks over Tube strikes
The union had been invited to talks with TfL earlier this week after London Underground workers backed rolling strike action by over 90 per cent against a below inflation pay offer. The union also wants to see full staff travel facilities...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Strike, London Underground, TfL, Mayor of London
Tube workers to take strike action over pay
RMT has made it clear that the latest pay offer of 5% from London Underground is unacceptable when Transport for London (TfL) has created a bonus pot of £13 million for senior managers and the commissioner took an 11 per cent pay...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Tube, Strike, Pay
RMT slams rail fares hike
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the government was presiding over the managed decline of the railways with huge cuts to safety critical infrastructure spending on one hand whilst allowing privatised train operators to pay out huge shareholder dividends...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail fares
RMT condemns Network Rail for ruining Christmas with staff underpayments
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written urgently to the company to demand action as members are also reporting that they unable to even contact the payroll department, with phone calls and emails remaining unanswered. “Such matters would be concerning...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Underpayments
RMT calls for an end to cuts if rail freight growth targets to be met
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the 2050 target for rail freight growth target means nothing if at the same time the government was cutting vital rail infrastructure projects such as the Northern leg of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Freight
RMT slams rail performance while company profits remain high
Avanti West Coast which is owned by First Group has come in for particular criticism from Northern Transport leaders who have described the levels of service as "unacceptable" and "inadequate."   First Group has published its latest yearly profits to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, First Group, Avanti West Coast
RMT responds to Just Transition Commission report
Responding to the report's publication, Offshore union RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “The Just Transition Commissioners in Scotland are absolutely right – there can be no more ‘business as usual’ on just transition issues anymore.    "We urgently need...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Oil, Gas, Just Transition
RMT responds to Bibby Stockholm fatality
General Secretary Mick Lynch said:  “RMT is deeply disturbed to learn of a fatality on the Government’s quasi-prison barge, Bibby Stockholm. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the person who has lost their life.   “Maritime...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bibby Stockholm
RMT today marks 35 years since the Clapham Junction rail crash.
Senior representatives of the union joined a memorial service at the scene of the crash in Battersea, south London, and lay flowers on behalf of RMT. The crash took place on December 12 1988 when a crowded train from Poole to London...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Clapham Rail Crash
Minimum service legislation will lead to more disputes
RAIL UNION RMT revealed today that the government’s own impact assessment for the regulations covering the railway minimum service regulations admitted that it would  worsen industrial relations and threaten safety. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the government’s own...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels
RMT raises rail safety concerns over cost-cutting
Rail workers are already reporting an increasing number of broken rails and recent high-profile faults which affected The Elizabeth Line and Eurostar services have highlighted the state of ageing infrastructure yet Network Rail are cutting costs in its latest spending...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Rail, Maintenance
Scotland's railway less safe than two years ago - RMT survey
92% of those surveyed said that a major rail safety incident occurring on the railway within the next two years was "likely" with 45% saying it was "very likely."   66% of Network Rail members surveyed said railways were less safe than 2 years...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Maintenance,
Major railway incidents more likely due to Network Rail cuts
Network Rail plans to cut £1.2bn of its budget between 2024 and 2029, leading to an overwhelming majority of its staff fearing future accidents and serious safety-related incidents on the railway.  These cuts include abandoning track renewals for at least the next...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Maintenance,
RMT members accept RDG pay offer
"I want to congratulate them on their steadfastness in this long industrial campaign. “We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members terms...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Strike
Third of ScotRail women workers say they have been sexually harassed
Over 80% of respondents revealed they had not reported the incident, with most saying they felt they would not be taken seriously.   The shocking survey also revealed railway workers in Scotland face violence and many have witnessed women passengers being...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Survey, Sexual Harassment
RMT calls for end to cuts as Tube crime soars
According to a Transport for London report crime has soared 56 per cent, fuelled by a massive increase in thefts and robberies of over 100 per cent. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “These soaring crime rates come as no surprise to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, TfL,
RMT responds to SNP's decision on Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This a step in the right direction for the Clyde and Hebrides contract and RMT welcome the decision to explore a direct award, in line with the recommendation of the cross-party Net Zero Energy...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne,
Rail Gourmet workers win pay rise on TPE services
RMT members employed by Rail Gourmet will see their average salary increase by over £4000 this year. Workers also won concessions around duty and leisure travel and an agreed roadmap towards improving wages and conditions further into the future. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Gourmet,
RMT urges Scottish government to award Clyde and Hebrides Ferry contract to Calmac
Ahead of a decision due tomorrow on whether the ferry service will be put out to competitive tender or awarded to Calmac, RMT called on the Scottish government to make sure the ferry service stays in public hands for the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services
Bus workers to take strike action on Stagecoach East Midlands
Bus workers at Stagecoach East Midlands, are set to strike over a poor pay offer, RMT has announced.   The stoppages that are due to take place are as follows:   02:00 hours on Monday 27th November 2023 to 01:59 on Wednesday 29th...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Stagecoach East Midlands, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT extends strike mandate on London Underground
In a long-running dispute over jobs, conditions and pensions, RMT members working on London Underground voted overwhelmingly to continue the campaign. 95% voted ‘yes’ on a 54% turnout and 52% of all those who were balloted voted ‘yes.’ The union will now consider its...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground,
RMT update on national rail dispute with train operators
This will now be put to RMT members in each of the Train Operating Companies in a referendum vote.   If accepted, this MOU will terminate the national dispute mandate, creating a pause and respite from industrial action over the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT responds to King's speech on the railways
"Ministers have neglected their responsibilities by failing to integrate our railways under a public ownership model in the best interests of passengers and railway workers.   "Instead, they continue to prioritise and fixate on bankrolling our profiteering model which sees...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, King's speech, Rail,
RMT calls for ticket office cuts in Scotland to be ruled out
Holyrood has been sitting on any decision since early 2022, following a public consultation over plans to cut ticket office hours at nearly all of ScotRail’s ticket offices, meaning a cumulative reduction in ticket office hours of one third.  However, the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, SNP, ScotRail, Ticket Office
New Tory anti-strike laws attack basic human rights, says RMT
Minimum service level legislation for rail workers, ambulance staff and border security staff will be laid in parliament tomorrow (Tuesday, November 7).   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was clearly an authoritarian attack on the fundamental freedoms of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels
RMT strike action starts tonight on Docklands Light Railway
Members have already been carrying out an overtime and rest day working ban in pursuit of an improved pay offer. KADs contract with TfL, for operating the DLR, provides for RPI indexed increases in its funding yet KAD’s staff have...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, DLR, Strike
The 1993 Railways Act – ‘30 years of waste’
RAIL UNION RMT marked the 30 th  anniversary today (Sunday November 5, 2023) of the 1993 Railways Act that privatised Britain’s railway with a new report which revealed that the three-decade debacle had seen at least £31 billion leak out of the system while...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Privatisation,
Halt ticket office closures says RMT
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch called for an urgent summit with the government, Train Companies and Passenger Watchdogs to agree a different route that keeps ticket offices open and delivers a safe, secure and accessible service that puts passengers before...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Union, Ticket Offices
RMT welcomes resounding victory against ticket office closures
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was a resounding victory for the union’s campaign and a win for passengers, community groups and rail workers alike.  “We are now calling for an urgent summit with the government, train operating...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, save Ticket Offices
Caledonian Sleeper staff ballot for strike action
The ballot for train hosts and train host team leader grades will open on October 31 and close 21 November. Union representatives have accused the company of causing adverse stress and anxiety to the workforce by refusing to crew passenger services adequately.  Management has...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Caledonian Sleeper, Ballot, Strike
RMT warns against betrayal of rail passengers
"Around 750,000 passengers have responded to the consultation, making it the biggest ever response to a public consultation with 98% of passengers who have responded opposing the closures.   "We know that watchdogs, rail companies and government have had behind closed doors...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices,
Trainline profiteering from passengers and ticket office closures
The popular train app which allows passengers to book tickets for railway journeys charges a booking fee and a 5% commission on single and return tickets sold. Trainline has admitted that its search criteria does not prioritise the cheapest ticket and...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Trainline, Ticket Offices,
RMT secures fresh strike mandate in national dispute
Around 20,000 members were balloted across 14 rail companies with all of them individually achieving over a 50 percent turnout and overwhelming 'yes' votes for further strike action. Overall 89.9%  of members voted 'yes' for more strike action on a 63.6 %  turnout. RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Rail, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
Arriva sold to Cayman Islands registered company
Deutsche Bahn which is owned by Germany and has run Arriva since 2010 has sold the company to I Squared Capital for 1.6bn euros.   I Squared Capital is registered in the Cayman Islands tax-haven and recently had a bid for First...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Arriva, Deutsche Bahn, I Squared Capital
Defend Jobs, Pensions and Agreements
Watch as Regional Organiser Jared Wood sets out the issues. Defend Jobs, Pensions and Agreements video October 23
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Defend Jobs, Pensions and Agreements
RMT response to Scottish government Offshore cash injection
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This money needs to be used to train seafarers, protect the livelihoods and ensure permanent employment for offshore oil and gas workers.   "It is important that there is continued investment in an effective...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Oil, Gas,
Rail Gourmet staff take strike action
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet poorer terms and conditions and lower pay than directly employed colleagues who work on the train operator.   Rail Gourmet made £1.4 million in profit last year but have refused to meet the expectations...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, RMT, Mick Lynch, TransPennine Express
RMT slams Network Rail job cuts in track renewals
The union has warned that the latest cuts come on the back of massive government funding cuts for Control Period 7 which means a decline in renewals for the next five years. This is despite the fact that the Office for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Job Losses, Track Renewal Service
Royal Fleet Auxiliary opens ballot for strike action
On Wednesday a nine-week ballot will open after RMT members rejected a below inflation pay offer from RFA management.   RFA have offered a one year deal of 4.5 percent which is unacceptable to RMT members.   Over 500 RFA seafarers will...
Region: National
Tagged with: RFA, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT reacts to scrapping of HS2 Northern leg
 "High Speed rail together with a modern expanding public transport network is key to the future of linking every part of our country together, from north to south and East to West.   "Public transport investment is not an either-or...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, HS2, Rishi Sunak, Conservative Government
Tube strikes suspended after RMT win concessions
Planned strike action by over 3,000 members on LU stations on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 will now not go ahead.   Following talks at ACAS, RMT has managed to save key jobs, prevent detrimental changes to rosters and secure protection of earnings...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, LUL
RMT calls on Mark Harper to unshackle rail operators and end ticket office closures
Ahead of his speech to the Tory Party Conference, the RMT issued a fresh call for the Transport Secretary to step up to the plate, when it is the government who contractually controls the companies and sets the parameters of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
Scotrail removes peak ticket fares for 6 months
The move made by the Scottish government which runs the train operator stands in stark contrast to the Westminster government approach to the railways.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "RMT welcomes this move which aims to increase rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Fares
RMT disappointed at delay in delivery of ferries for CalMac
Both vessels should have been in service in 2018 on the lifeline ferry routes operated by CalMac, under the original contract between the Scottish Government and Ferguson Marine.   However, the Glen Sannox will be delivered at the end of March...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Caledonian Macbrayne, Ferries
World Maritime Day
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT pay tribute to all maritime workers in the seas and ports around the UK and internationally on International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) World Maritime Day. “International moves to tackle marine and air pollution risk...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers, World Maritime Day
RMT responds to Rosebank oil field go-ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The North Sea Transition Authority awarding a new oil and gas licence to a consortium in which the Norwegian Government effectively has an 80% stake shows exactly why the UK needs its own publicly owned...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rosebank, Offshore, energy
RMT warns that Tory ‘minimum service’ laws will ‘poison’ industrial relations
The union was responding to a new Transport Committee report released today challenging the government’s ‘minimum service levels’ regulations for railway strikes.  While the new draconian anti-union legislation became law earlier this year details of those regulations and how they...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Services Level
Network Rail and illegal strike breaking tactics
Union members at a Cardiff depot were on strike for 12 hours this week in a dispute over the imposition of rosters.   However, it has been brought to the union’s attention that Network Rail had allegedly used agency workers to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Strike
London Underground station staff to take strike action in October
The union has been locked in a long running dispute over 600 station staff cuts and detrimental working conditions since last year.   Safety concerns have also been raised regarding fewer staff facing higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Tube Strikes, Tube, LUL, TfL
RMT remembers Southall train crash 26 years ago today
The tragedy occurred on 19 September 1997 1.15pm near Southall station without warning, when an Intercity train ploughed into a freight train. It is believed the 10.32 to Paddington was travelling close to the maximum speed on the Southall approach of 125mph as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Southall Train Crash,
RMT responds to Avanti and CrossCountry rail contract awards
“From supplying inappropriate uniforms to staff, mass cancellation of train services and multiple industrial disputes,  Avanti have been an unmitigated disaster.   “They are incapable of running an efficient rail service or treating the staff properly.   “CrossCountry are little...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti, CrossCountry,
MV Derbyshire Anniversary
MV Derbyshire is the biggest British registered merchant ship ever to have been lost at sea. Built in 1976, it was an oil/bulk/ore (OBO) carrier. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT pays tribute to the forty-two seafarers and two passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, MV Derbyshire
RMT calls for action after Network Rail fined for Carmont derailment
The company in charge of rail infrastructure in Britain admitted to health and safety failings over the rail crash at Carmont near Stonehaven three years ago which claimed three lives. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report concerning the train...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Carmont, Stonehaven, RAIB
RMT statement ahead of Carmont disaster court hearing
"Network Rail need to face the full force of the law over the Carmont disaster near Stonehaven to give bereaved families some sense of justice.   "Network Rail's attitude to safety has been abysmal with staff shortages and 20 recommendations by...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Carmont, Stonehaven, RAIB, Network Rail
Operator of Last Resort
At the Transport Select Committee, the government was pressed by Gavin Newlands MP and Mike Amesbury MP on whether it was going to re-privatise the contracts it’s taken over through the Operator of Last Resort.  Rail Minister, Huw Merriman, confirmed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Transport Select Committee,
RMT welcomes unprecedented response to ticket office closure consultation
The consultation on train operator proposals has raised huge concerns around accessibility, safety and security, issues with ticket machines and the wholesale de-staffing of stations. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that this unprecedented level of responses only reiterated the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices
Merchant Navy Day
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “It is an honour to lead the trade union that represents merchant navy seafarers at work today from the northern isles of Scotland to the seas of the south Atlantic.  "Seafarer Ratings are the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merchant Navy, Merchant Navy Day, RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers
Strike action goes ahead after RDG fails to give any response to RMT initiative
RMT wrote to the Rail Delivery Group laying out a series of principles that could pave the way for a negotiated settlement to this long-running dispute.   However, rail bosses refused to even acknowledge receipt of the letter and briefed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike, National Rail Dispute, Rail Delivery Group
RMT response to RDG letter
“While it is encouraging that the train operating companies want to continue dialogue with us next week, a fresh proposal will be needed to progress this dispute towards a settlement.   “Their most recent proposal has been rejected and we...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT comments on Calmac ferry poll result
Hull 802, originally intended for introduction on CalMac’s Uig Triangle routes which link Skye, Harris and Noth Uist in 2018 will be named   Glen Rosa   in reference to a glen on the Isle of Arran, another island community on the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Ferries, Ferries Union
Railway workers will march to Downing Street to save ticket offices
They will be joined by passenger groups and disability rights campaigners ahead of the consultation on the future of ticket, offices, closing on September 1.   There have been up to half a million responses with the overwhelming majority showing support...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Rail, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices
Unipart Rail staff take four days strike
RMT members are angry that management has been unwilling to improve a derisory 4.75% which the union has flatly rejected.   Despite attempts by union negotiators to recommend a pathway to a resolution, Unipart cancelled a last-ditch meeting, torpedoing any chance...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Unipart Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Crewe, Rail
RMT responds to P&O Ferries axing Liverpool to Dublin route
"This latest attack on maritime jobs and skills proves that Tory Ministers were wrong to believe P&O Ferries and its CEO Peter  Hebblethwaite .  "He along with his senior management team, have shown that they are not only prepared to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Liverpool, Dublin, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT to march on Parliament to save ticket offices
The mass rally will see RMT members, trades unionists and supporters from across the political landscape tell the government in no uncertain terms that ticket offices must be saved.   A consultation on the future of ticket offices which has...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, Save Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices,
Tories face a ‘heavy price’ for plans to ‘dehumanise’ the rail network
Commenting on the announcement that more than 315,000 ticket office closure consultation responses had now been received by the passenger watchdogs, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it revealed just how strongly the travelling public felt about plans to dehumanise...
Region: National
Tagged with: Save Ticket Offices, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Taxpayers being used to fund rail dispute to the tune of £1bn
20,000 railway workers have walked out today in a long running dispute over working conditions, job security and pay.   Rail companies have had their losses from strike action covered by taxpayer funded indemnity which has meant there is no financial...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT statement on ticket office consultation extension
Following mass campaigns by RMT, disabled and passenger groups, the train operators and their paymasters in government have been forced to extend ticket office closure consultations until September 1.  Over 1,000 ticket offices are due to be closed with the loss...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office Consultations, Save Ticket Offices,
Station staff threatened with disciplinary action for ticket office campaign
The union is currently encouraging the public to sign petitions and take part in consultations to prevent 1000 ticket office closures.   RMT has warned that it will escalate its industrial response to any threat to dock pay or discipline staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, LNER, Save Ticket Offices
RMT responds to bilateral seafarer agreement
Bilateral agreements with other nations on short sea shipping routes from the UK were part of the Government’s Nine Point Plan in response to P&O Ferries and DP World’s unlawful attacks on 786 UK seafarers and apprentices sixteen months ago.  The...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers,
Rail companies raking in profit and stripping the railways of money
Train company bosses take little risk with their capital but have benefited from profits before tax, of 126% of the capital invested by rail operators.   65% of profits are locked away in shareholder dividends instead of being redistributed into improving the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Train Operating Companies, Rail Privatisation
RMT suspends strike action on London Underground after progress at ACAS
The tube union has been locked in ACAS talks with TfL, trying to find a resolution to the longstanding pensions jobs and working conditions dispute. After pressure from union negotiators and the threat to bring the capital to a standstill...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Tube, Strike, TfL
RMT responds to DVSA report on bus fires
Responding to the  DVSA report , RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "This report makes some important recommendations around improved comprehensive and regular maintenance schedules, insisting that operators report fires in a timely manner and better training of drivers to encourage...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bus Fires
Northern undermine ticket office consultation at stations
Posters have been ripped down and a public petition was removed from Workington station by rail bosses, despite the fact RMT members across the country are actively campaigning to save their jobs.    Over 2000 jobs are being cut, 1000 ticket offices...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Northern, Ticket Office Consultation
Arriva Rail London staff working in revenue protection vote for strike action
RMT members returned an 82.3% yes vote on a 77.2% turnout.  Workers have become frustrated that a collective grievance into bullying has not been adequately dealt with and the employer is refusing to follow the right procedures in the collective bargaining agreement...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Arriva Rail London, London Overground, Revenue Protection Inspectors, RMT, Mick Lynch
Unipart Rail workers on strike today in Crewe
RMT members were offered a derisory 4.75% which they flatly rejected.   However, Unipart bosses have failed to send a representative of senior management to meet with the union, demonstrating their contempt of the collective bargaining process.   This is the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Unipart Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Pay Justice
Mitie staff on Eurostar begin strike ballot
All RMT members working for Mitie in security at Eurostar will be balloted from July 11 until 1 August.  The member of staff was dismissed from employment by Mitie and the union believes the decision to be wholly unfair.  In a separate...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Mitie, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT launch National Day of Action against ticket office closures
In London, the union will hold a mass rally outside Kings Cross station at 6pm while local stations will be leafleted.   The union is encouraging everyone to take part in the consultation, so rail companies and the government understand...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Day of Action, Save Ticket Offices,
RMT secures pay deal on Eurostar
The deal means directly employed Eurostar staff will get a  pay rise  between  8 and 17 percent depending on their grade and role.    All staff will get a minimum uplift of £4,300 for everyone on £45,000 or below. Other measures included...
Region: National
Tagged with: Eurostar, RMT, Mick Lynch, Pay Deal
RMT responds to public funding for green ships
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:    “We recognise that shipping and every other part of the transport network needs to decarbonise, including the fleets of crew transfer and other vessels delivering clean energy from renewable offshore sources.    “Unfortunately,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Green Ships, Decarbonisation, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT marks 35th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster
This North Sea disaster triggered the Cullen Inquiry, which reported at the end of 1990. Prior to the launch of the Cullen Report, the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives & Safety Committees) Regulations 1989 (SI971) were introduced by the Thatcher Government.   The...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Piper Alpha, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Offshore Workers
Tube workers to take a week of rolling strike action
Different grades and sections of the tube will take strike action from Sunday 23 July until Friday 28 July. The union has been in a long running dispute with TfL over jobs, cuts, and attacks on pensions and working conditions. 600 jobs are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, LUL, Strike
RMT condemns ticket office closures and slashing of station jobs
On the back of their announcement, they are issuing statutory redundancy notices for hundreds of railway workers, something RMT will fiercely oppose.   General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "The decision to close up to 1,000 ticket offices and to issue hundreds...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office Closures, Ticket Offices, Mark Harper, Rail Delivery Group, DfT, National Rail Dispute
Save Ticket Offices
Ticket Office broadcast
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, John Leach, Ticket Offices
RMT rejects derisory pay offer for offshore caterers
Members of the offshore union feel insulted by the dreadful offer and RMT officials will be meeting again the employer on July 5 to seek an improved situation. The offer is made up of 2.42% pay rise with only £140 for lodging...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, COTA, Offshore, Pay
RMT reacts to Crown Estate £443m profits
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “These multimillion pound companies have money to spare for lease tenders but have failed, miserably to ensure that the offshore workers contracted to operate their assets are given a pay rise to reflect the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Offshore, Mick Lynch, Crown Estate
Mick Lynch speech to RMT AGM
"The RMT is sound, robust and in good shape to meet the challenges ahead. "However, we cannot be complacent because the challenges are significant. "With the ongoing threat of job cuts, and members who are suffering in this cost-of-living crisis,...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, AGM,
RMT statement on the future of ticket offices
"The train operating companies and the government must understand that we will vigorously oppose any moves to close ticket offices.   "We will not meekly sit by and allow thousands of jobs to be sacrificed or see disabled and vulnerable...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, Mark Harper
RMT welcomes Caledonian Sleeper becoming publicly owned today
The union played a pivotal role in campaigning for the low carbon London to Scotland service being taken into public ownership after being poorly handled by private contractors.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "With all of its rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Caledonian Sleeper, SNP
RMT to strike for 3 days in July
RMT members working across 14 train operating companies will take strike action on 20, 22 and 29 July. Despite repeated statements from the union that we are willing to enter further negotiations, neither the rail operators nor the government have asked us to any...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
London Overground workers to be balloted for strike action
Workers are being asked whether they want to take strike action over a collective grievance not being adequately dealt with and the employer refusing to follow the right procedures in the collective bargaining agreement with the union. The ballot will...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Overground, Arriva Rail London, Revenue Protection Inspectors
Lifeline Ferry report launched
Professor Findlay’s work, commissioned by the RMT, is a critique of the controversial ‘Project Neptune’ report on ferry governance by Ernst & Young for Transport Scotland. The findings are a stark reminder of the clear public interest in retaining CalMac...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ferry, Report, Lifeline Ferry, CalMac, Transport Scotland
RMT negotiate Scotrail deal
All RMT members will receive a 5% basic uplift with the lowest paid receiving as much as an 8% increase.    The pay deal was overwhelmingly endorsed by Scotrail members in a referendum.    Scotrail RMT members will also benefit from various...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Pay
Bring safety critical tube staff in-house
TUBE Union RMT is calling a protest tomorrow (June 8, 2023) outside London Town Hall in Newham to demand an end to the outsourcing of Safety Critical Track Protection Staff and bring Morson and Cleshar’s Framework workers in-house. The union has written...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, TfL, Mayor of London, Cleshars, Morson, track workers, Tube, LUL
RMT expresses condolences over India railway tragedy
More than 300 are reported dead with 900 injured with the casualty list expected to rise in the coming hours and days.    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The thoughts of everyone within the RMT are with Indian railway workers, passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Indian Rail Disaster,
RMT writes to MPs as 20,000 railway workers' strike
In the letter, Mr Lynch accuses the government of deliberately "squandering billions of pounds on a futile war against the rail unions" and demanding that parliamentarians write to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to insist the government facilitate an improved offer...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Rail, Strike
Stork offshore workers take strike action
RMT members working for Stork Technical Services are taking action to get a decent pay offer, changes to rotas and other outstanding conditions of work.   The strike started at 06:30 hours on Thursday 1 June and will last until 06:29 on Saturday...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stork Technical Services, Offshore, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
Track workers on London Underground ‘afraid to raise safety concerns’
Publishing the results of a new survey, workers who perform vital and safety-critical work on London Underground’s track, are engaged through two ‘employment agencies’, Morson and Cleshar, who put them on bogus self-employed contracts that deny them sick pay, holiday,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, tube, LUL, Track Workers, RAIB, Morson, Cleshar, RMT, Mick Lynch
A message for RMT members
June 1st message  
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
Tory London leader told to apologise over assembly member comments
Earlier this week Mr Devenish via Twitter made allegations against London Underground workers accusing them of 'skiving' and denied there were any staff shortages, despite evidence to the contrary. In a letter to Neil Garratt - Conservative Leader London Assembly, RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, TfL, Tony Devenish,
DHL contract staff vote for strike action on Avanti
The workers who are employed by contractor DHL provide the catering stores for Avanti trains.  They have not been offered a pay rise despite the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation. Members delivered a 97.5% 'yes' vote on a 66% turnout. RMT have...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Avanti, DHL, Caterers, RMT, Mick Lynch
Call for investigation into government policy on railway ticket offices
The union believes the government and rail companies are deliberately preventing ticket offices from selling cheaper rail tickets as part of a strategy for running down and ultimately shutting all ticket offices.    Media reports have suggested that the only...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, Transport Focus, Cheapest fares, Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
London Underground staff vote to extend strike mandate with huge YES vote
RMT members on London Underground are in dispute with TfL over jobs, cuts, and attacks on pensions and working conditions. The re-ballot which is a requirement of UK anti trade union legislation smashed all thresholds. 96%   of those that voted...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Jobs, Pensions, RMT, Mick Lynch
Tube workers facing threats of violence.
RMT called on TfL to end its cuts programme, which is forcing repeated station closures across the network, opening staff up to abuse from frustrated passengers.   TfL has had its funding from central government dramatically cut but instead of...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, TfL, Sadie Khan, Mayor of London, RMT, Mick Lynch
Railway workers in the national dispute to take strike action on June 2
The union found the RDG’s previous offer and associated conditions unacceptable and despite contact between the parties since the strike on 13   May, no new proposals have been formulated for the RMT to consider. The strike on June 2 will see...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT welcomes removal of First from TPE rail contract
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was absolutely right not to renew or extend Transpennine Express's contract which was something the union has long campaigned for.  “First should now also lose its failed Avanti West Coast contract as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Transpennine Express, TPE, First Group,
RMT slams government plans for longer lorries
Under government plans the lorries will be a maximum of 2.05 metres longer than the current standard sized trailer meaning lorries over 18.5 metres in length.  The longer lorries have been trialled since 2011 and there are about 3,000 already on the roads, but...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Longer Lorries, Road Haulage, Road Freight,
RMT members at train operating companies to take strike action Saturday
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that while the rail companies were threatening passengers and rail workers with cuts, the companies made a fortune during the Covid-19 pandemic. “This strike takes place in the wake of a recent re-ballot of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT marks 21 years since Potters Bar tragedy
On 10 May 2002, a northbound train to Norfolk, derailed at high speed, killing seven and injuring 76 at Potters Bar station leaving part of the train wedged between the station platforms and building structures.  Six of the victims were travelling in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Potters Bar, Rail Disaster, Network Rail, Jarvis, Modernising Maintenance,
RMT members overwhelmingly back further strike action
All the ballots passed the 50 per cent participation threshold imposed by the government’s anti-trade union laws and included massive votes for further strike action.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the overwhelming backing for further strike action across 14 train...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Ballot, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT calls for talks to end the crisis on Scotland’s ferries
The vessel MV Pentalina grounded off the Orkney Islands over the weekend and experienced an engine room fire. All 60 passengers and some crew members were safely transferred to RNLI vessels.  The vessel was brought back into service in the Pentland...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, MV Pentalina, Pentland Ferries, CalMac, SNP
Bus workers survey reveals nearly half have experienced abuse at work
The most common form of abuse suffered was verbal (90%), over a fifth were spat and over 10% experienced physical assault. Racial harassment was experienced by over 10% of staff and over 60% of respondents have had to deal with threats of violence at...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus Workers, Survey, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT rejects proposals as employers torpedo negotiating process
Following further discussions between the union and RDG, the employer issued a clarification on the offer RMT has been considering.   The RDG is now saying they would only implement the first-year payment of 5% if the union terminated its industrial...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike
London Underground strike re-ballot begins
The tube union has been locked in a row with Transport for London and the Mayor for nearly a year, following plans to cut 600 jobs on stations with many more across train operations and maintenance to follow.    Pension plans...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, RMT, Mick Lynch, Jobs, Pensions,
RMT urges London Mayor to end threat of job cuts and pension attacks
The tube union wrote to Sadiq Khan today, emphasising the importance of station staff to the safe running of London Underground and the need for the mayor to resist Tory budget cuts.    In the letter, RMT general secretary Mick...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, Job Cuts, Pension Attacks, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, TfL
RMT responds to ORR data showing 1 in 5 TPE trains cancelled
Passengers endured another period of chaos between March and April, with TPE planning 600 fewer (10%) trains, cancelling or part-cancelling more than 500 and planned cancellation of almost 600 more. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Passengers can’t afford to wait while Mark Harper...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TPE, Transpennine Express, First Group,
RMT demands good conditions for offshore workers amid bumper industry profits
The STUC has revealed that 16,000 jobs were lost 2021 while big offshore energy companies produce high revenues and huge profits which are not retained in Scotland.    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The process for increasing wind capacity needs to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Wind,
RMT slams DfT after it signs off £82 million dividend payments to privateers
This is the despite the fact both companies are part of a major industrial dispute where hundreds of millions of pounds has been used to indemnify them against lost revenue from strike action. FirstRail Holdings Ltd, the holding company for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, DfT, Mark Harper, First Group, Govia, Rail,
Railway cleaners start two day national strike action
RMT members working as cleaners for the likes of Churchill, Bidvest Noonan, and Atalian Servest are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors who are raking in profits worth millions of pounds. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Cleaners, Justice for Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT welcomes public transport and climate report
Responding to the TUC   Public Transport for the Climate Emergency   report, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This is a welcome report that shows investing in public transport is not only vital for fighting climate change but that...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TUC, Public Transport,
RMT update on national dispute with 14 train operators
These meetings were to further discuss the issues of the dispute - in particular Year 2 of the proposal that led to the suspension of strikes and the process of workforce reform.   However, no new document has been produced by the...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, RDG, Rail Delivery Group, Rail
RMT demands stronger workers’ rights on offshore wind farms
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was disappointing that trade unions were not consulted as part of the report, especially as it acknowledges the importance of a just transition to the 50,000 jobs which are expected to be lost...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore, Just Transition, RMT, Mick Lynch
Cleaners across rail network to take 48-hour strike action
RMT members working as cleaners for the likes of Atalian Servest, Churchill and Bidvest Noonan are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors who are raking in profits worth millions of pounds.  The...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, RMT, Mick Lynch, Pay Justice, Cleaners
RMT lambasts P&O Ferries over latest job losses
The news comes just over a year after the disgraced company unlawfully sacked 800 seafarers.   RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is another shameful chapter in the history of P&O Ferries where yet again they show scant regard for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries, Jobs, Maritime
Lifeboat falls off low wage P&O ferry
Accidents involving lifeboats are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities amongst seafarers in the shipping industry.  All crew working on P&O Ferries are low paid agency crew, predominantly recruited overseas by Maltese crewing agent IFM. IFM...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries, P&O Pioneer, Lifeboat
ISS workers in weekend walkout on DLR
Revenue protection, cleaners, security and travel safe staff will walk out after rejecting an insulting pay offer of 1.8%.   RMT which represents the workers have highlighted the fact ISS staff on the DLR are underpaid compared to others on TfL...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ISS, DLR, Strike
Thousands of seafarers will miss out on NMW increase
From April 1, the national minimum wage will rise by 9.7 percent from £9.50 to £10.42 for all over 23 year olds.   However, despite the Seafarers Wages Act being passed, it will not come into full force until next year, meaning P&O...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, National Minimum Wage, NMW, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT calls on Scottish First minister to keep ScotRail commitments
The union also called on Mr Yousaf to reverse the decline in Scotrail, by increasing services to pre-pandemic levels, investing in rail infrastructure and ruling out cuts to ScotRail ticket offices and jobs once and for all.   A recent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, SNP, Humza Yousaf
RMT calls for public ownership of buses after government criticised in transport report
£1bn made available to local authorities for their Bus Service Improvement Plans ‘is simply not enough money to produce real improvements in bus services across the whole country’ and that ‘allowing roughly half the country to miss out risks entrenching,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Buses, RMT, Mick Lynch, Bus Service Improvement Plan,
Rail rolling stock company turns taxpayers’ money into dividends
Angel Trains, one of the three ROSCOs who lease trains to the train operating companies, has a parent company registered in the tax haven Jersey, named Willow Topco but, as a result, it’s difficult to see it’s accounts.  However, on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Angel Trains, Rolling Stock, ROSCO, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT launch Railway Work Life and Death project
The data provides a fascinating insight into the past health and safety experiences of RMT members, including risk posed by their jobs and any accidents they were involved in.    Around 25,000 records from the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS)...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway Work, Life and Death Project. RMT, Health & Safety, Mick Lynch
RMT Network Rail members overwhelmingly vote to accept improved offer
In a turnout of nearly 90 per cent members voted by 76 per cent to 24 per cent to accept the offer.  The RMT National Executive has announced that the vote means the end of the trade dispute with Network Rail. The new...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT condemns Avanti West Coast contract extension
RMT has already revealed that the vast majority of Avanti West Coast cancellations are down to staff shortages and called for the company to be stripped of its franchise. The disgraced train operator Avanti also plans to scrap at seat...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, First Group, Rail,
RMT Calls on SNP Leadership candidates to rule out attacks on public ferry services
The former First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon had repeatedly provided ruled out privatisation or unbundling lifeline ferry services on the Clyde and Hebrides contract. CalMac’s current contract expires in September 2024. In a letter sent to all the leadership candidates, RMT general...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Maritime, SNP, Ferry
RMT slams rail companies ahead of strike
Ahead of another 24 hours of strike action on Saturday across 14 train operating companies in the national rail dispute, the union said First Group which owns TransPennine Express and Avanti were in "complete chaos."   TPE cancellation stats went up from...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, RMT, Mick Lynch
70 percent of sacked P&O workers have left the industry
On the anniversary of P&O Ferries dismissing 786 seafarers, RMT release findings of a survey of those who worked for the disgraced company in Deck, Engine, Catering and Onboard Service roles.   The findings are truly shocking, with hundreds of seafarers...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, DP World, seafarers, maritime, RMT, Mick Lynch
Balfour Beatty engineers take strike action after profits boast
It will be the third 36-hour stoppage after members rejected the company's 5.5% pay offer from April 2022. Balfour Beatty has just released its latest financial information from last year which shows huge profits and dividends for shareholders. Some of the eye...
Region: National
Tagged with: Balfour Beatty, RMT, Mick Lynch, Engineering
Railway Fat Cat pay increases
On the day that rail workers take strike action in defence of their jobs, pay and conditions and railway services new RMT research (below) has revealed that bosses at seven rail companies have awarded themselves annual pay rises of between...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail, Strike
Disgraced P&O owner DP World profits up by 35%
Ahead of the one-year anniversary when P&O unlawfully sacked 786 seafarers, DP World is raking in huge profits and revenues.   The latest preliminary financial results show:   Revenues up 58.9% (£5.262bn) to £14.196bn   Record profits, up 35% to £1.524 bn ($1.839 bn)...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Maritime, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT Budget response
“The policies of pay restraint mean workers are getting poorer and are having to work for longer just to make end’s meet.   “That is why regardless of what Jeremy Hunt has said today workers will continue to fight for a...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Budget 2023, Jeremy Hunt
Tube strike shuts London Underground
The job losses planned will affect every aspect of the tube including stations and maintenance, leading to the likelihood of more unstaffed stations and a lowering of safety standards.  Workers from across London Underground set up picket lines across most...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, LUL, London Underground, TfL, TubeStrike
RMT urges SNP candidates to support railway pledges
Ahead of a rail summit involving transport unions and Scotland's transport minister Jenny Gilruth MSP, General Secretary Mick Lynch in his letter to SNP leadership candidates, writes : "As a candidate for the SNP leadership election, I am writing to seek...
Region: National
Tagged with: SNP, ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper, Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT urges London Mayor to change course ahead of tube strike
Over 10,000 RMT members will be taking strike action across the tube tomorrow shutting down London Underground.   In his letter to the London Mayor, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch writes:  "As you know, at this moment, London Underground managers are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, LUL, Sadiq Khan, London Mayor, TfL, TubeStrike
RMT kick off week of action ahead of P&O scandal anniversary
786 UK seafarers lost their jobs in an unprecedented and unlawful move, by DP World who own P&O Ferries on March 17 2022.   Staff were informed via Teams they had lost their jobs, escorted off ships by masked security guards wielding handcuffs...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Maritime, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT wins public ownership for Caledonian Sleeper
The announcement, made by Jenny Gilruth MSP in the Scottish Parliament, is a victory for RMT’s long hard-fought campaign for public ownership of the iconic service. It will give the Scottish Government an opportunity to ensure this sustainable, low carbon...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish government, SNP, RMT, Mick Lynch
Avanti to end at seat catering in another blow for passengers
The cost cutting move will mean standard class passengers will not have the option of an at seat service, serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks.   Instead, they will have to use online "click and collect" from the shop, penalising lone...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, Avanti, At Seat catering, Rail Union
RMT tube strike to take place on 15th March
London Underground Ltd (LUL) have started to impose 600 station staff job losses and have refused to rule out attacks on pensions or ripping up agreements on conditions of work despite discussions with the union.   TfL which ultimately are responsible...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, LUL, TfL, Strike, TubeStrike
RMT calls for a new deal for seafarers
According to the  latest figures , the total number of seafarers employed in the UK shipping industry fell by over 21,000. Overall, the number of Ratings jobs fell by 28%, although there was a small increase in the number of UK Ratings.  ...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Maritime, Seafarers, New Deal, Maritime Union
RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service
Private contractor Serco’s contract to run the service will be terminated in June.   The Transport Minister is making an announcement next Thursday on the Caledonian Sleeper where confirmation is expected on who will own and run the Sleeper going...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish government, SNP, RMT, Mick Lynch
ISS workers to take strike action on DLR
Cleaners, security, revenue protection and travel safe staff will walk out after rejecting an insulting pay offer of 1.8%.  RMT which represents the workers have highlighted the fact ISS staff on the DLR are underpaid compared to others on TfL...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, DLR, ISS, Mick Lynch
RMT criticises role of ORR in rail dispute
Mr Prosser will address 170 RMT safety reps at the union's National Health and Safety conference in York today.   RMT has been critical of ORR’s role during the current national rail dispute for failing to exercise its role as the...
Region: National
Tagged with: ORR, Ian Prosser, RMT, Mick Lynch
Avanti cancels 17% of trains since new timetable
Updated Office for Rail and Road (ORR) data shows that Avanti West Coast has cancelled on average 17% of its planned trains since it brought in its new timetable on December 11th 2022.   These figures represent cancellations on non-strike days and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti, RMT, Mick Lynch
Engineering workers at Balfour Beatty to strike
Over 100 workers will take the action after rejecting the company's offer of 5.5pc increase in pay from April 2022. RMT members overwhelmingly rejected this and will now take strike action in March with a series of 36-hour stoppages on the following...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch, Balfour Beatty
RMT marks Tebay tragedy anniversary
During a night shift, an out of control 16-tonne steel wagon rolled down the West Coast Main Line reaching speeds of 40 mph before colliding with several track workers.   Four RMT members tragically died and another 5 were injured in the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Tebay, Tragedy, RMT, Network Rail, Mick Lynch
RMT announces further strikes and overtime ban in national rail dispute
The union which represents 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operators rejected offers from employers last week, as they did not meet the needs of members on pay, job security or working conditions. Rail workers will now launch a programme...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT rejects rail industry offers
Following a wide ranging and in-depth consultation with every level of the union involved in the national rail dispute, the NEC decided to reject both offers on the basis that they do not meet members expectations on pay, job security...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Grant Shapps played destructive role in rail dispute
Following  comments made by Network Rail boss Andrew Haines  suggesting former Transport Secretary Grant Shapps's "noisy political rhetoric" had "galvanised” rail workers to take strike action, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We have said from the very beginning Grant...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Grant Shapps, Network Rail, Andrew Haines, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute,
RMT responds to Mark Harper rail speech
“It is no good for the transport secretary to extol the virtues of rail privatisation when the travelling public through its own experience recognises its been an unmitigated disaster. “This speech is a blatant attempt to divert attention from the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Mark Harper,
RMT slams Equinor oil and gas profits
Responding to Norwegian oil and gas company Equinor profits of over £60bn, offshore workers' union RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Equinor has made exorbitant profits off the back of offshore contractors, many of them from Britain, who have suffered...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Oil and Gas, Profits, Equinor
ORR shares RMT safety concerns over Network Rail modernisation plans
During the meeting, representatives of the ORR indicated they shared some of the union's concerns. RMT has repeatedly warned that Network Rail's plans to meet £400m DFT mandated cost savings, are a serious threat to the safe running of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Modernising Maintenance, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands welfare protections for Seafarers in government bill
The Seafarers Wages Bill, in its current form, only provides for a limited extension of the National Minimum Wage to seafarers on international routes from UK ports. The bill should refer to the broader terms and conditions contained in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers Wages Bill, National Minimum Wage, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Elizabeth Line maintenance workers to take 24 hours strike action
Workers taking part in the action are currently being paid significantly less than similar positions across the network.   Rail for London Infrastructure which employs the workers, has offered four per cent but workers at MTR – the outsourced part...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Elizabeth Line, MTR, Rail for London, Maintenance, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Union
RMT reacts to Shell profits
Reacting to the eyewatering figures, Offshore workers union, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Profits and dividends on this scale when millions of people cannot heat or eat a square meal in their homes demonstrates the remorseless and unjust nature...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Energy
RMT wins staff free travel for 5,800 TfL cleaners
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced he will extend staff free travel to all sub-contracted cleaners who work on London’s transport system following years of campaigning by RMT.   The union had already won free travel for around 5,000 sub-contracted cleaners...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, London Underground, Cleaners, Mick Lynch, Tube, TfL, Sadie Khan, Mayor of London,
RMT response to Network Rail revised offer
"We have received a revised offer from Network Rail and our NEC will consider its contents. “No decision has been made on the proposals nor any of the elements within them.  "We will now consult members through branch and regional...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Offer, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT dismisses Tory fire and rehire consultation gimmick
Tory Business Secretary Grant Shapps launched the 12-week consultation into fire and rehire practices at a time when the government is handing him the powers to personally decide minimum service levels and who is sacked as a result.   RMT general...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Fire and Rehire, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Fleet Solid Support vessels
Seafarers Union RMT today welcomed the award of a £100m contract for up to three new Fleet Solid Support vessels to the Team Resolute consortium and the arrival of a new subsea surveillance vessel which will be operated by RFA...
Region: National
Tagged with: Royal Fleet Auxiliary, RFA, RMT, Mick Lynch
Seafarers Low Pay Commission
The LPC published its annual report yesterday, confirming that they have recommended to the Government that seafarers are exempt from the accommodation offset for onboard accommodation. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "We are pleased that the Low Pay Commission...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch, low Pay Commission
RMT receives fresh offer from RDG
The union's NEC will now consider the detail within the offer and what next steps to take.   The proposals include detailed documentation covering a range of issues that affect all of our grade groups at these 14 companies and will...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Rail minister admits settling dispute cheaper than allowing strikes to continue
The rail minister was asked if it had cost more to the government and the economy to bankroll the dispute than it would have done to settle it earlier. Mr Merriman replied: “If you look at it in that particular...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch, Huw Merriman
RMT train driver members to take strike action Feb 1 and 3
The decision to strike on February 1 coincides with a TUC day of action where several unions are coordinating their strikes during the cost-of-living crisis.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our negotiations will continue with the rail operators to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Train Drivers, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT writes to London Mayor over tube safety concerns
In a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch highlights a series of incidents where stations have had less than the required staff and, in some cases, no staff at all.   Mr Lynch goes on...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT calls for mass mobilisation against anti-worker bill
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The government has decided to bring in this anti-worker law because it wants to make effective strike action illegal in Britain.   "Trades unionists and democrats from across the political spectrum must come together...
Region: National
Tagged with: Right To Strike, Minimum Services Level Bill, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT takes further strike action on Elizabeth Line
Rail for London (Infrastructure) (RfL(I)), a wholly-owned TfL subsidiary, manages the infrastructure for the Crossrail Central Operating Section of the Elizabeth Line. Affected workers are currently being paid significantly less than similar positions across the network. RfLI has offered four...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Elizabeth Line, TfL, Rail for London
RMT calls on Holyrood to come clean over future of Caledonian Sleeper
Private contractor Serco are due to have their contract to run the service terminated in June this year.  However the Scottish government has not announced who will take over or if they will take it into public ownership, like they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonia Sleeper, RMT, Mick Lynch, Scottish Government
RMT response to the anti-strike bill
“This is an attack on human rights and civil liberties which we will oppose in the courts, Parliament and the workplace.   “One of the most important things in any democratic society is to have free trade unions.   “This...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, anti-strike bill,
RMT exposes government’s control of rail dispute
In a briefing published ahead of a meeting with the Rail Minister Huw Merriman, RMT has exposed the fact that far from being a ‘facilitator’ of negotiations, it is the government that is in complete control of the dispute and...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Mick Lynch, Huw Merriman
Train company pandemic profits top £300 million
Private Train Operating Companies at the heart of the long-running rail dispute have made more than £300 million in profits since the government put them on new contracts when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, RMT research reveals.  While rail workers have...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Mick Lynch, Pandemic Profits
RMT calls out government
40,000 workers on Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take action on 3,4,6 and 7 this week, shutting down most rail services across the country.   Despite the union's best efforts over the Christmas period, rail employers have not arranged any formal...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Cleaners strike for fair pay and decent conditions
ISS cleaners on Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are taking strike action on the 30 and  31 December  over pay, imposed rosters and attacks on working conditions.   And across the national railway, over 1,000 contracted out cleaners will take strike action  on 31 December...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Cleaners Union, Mick Lynch,
National Rail Cleaners Dispute Pickets
Hastings Station AM 1000-1400 PM Tbc East Croydon 1000-1400 Kings Cross 0730- 1200 London Bridge Tbc Kings Lynn 1000-1400 Oxley depot (Wolverhampton) 19:30-21:30 Brighton 12:30-15:00 Euston 1000-1200 Cannon street 1000-1500 0700-1100 outside Peterborough station 0800-1200 Piccadilly approach Manchester Crewe 0900 - 1200 crewe Station top Dover priory 0800 -1100 Gillingham 0930-12 30 National Cleaners Dispute
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Cleaners Dispute, Justice For Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, RMT, Mick Lynch
Ministers missing as rail strikes go ahead
Since meeting the minister last week there have been no further scheduled negotiations to try to prevent upcoming strikes on Network Rail. The union has done deals in every part of the railway network where the Department for Transport is...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
Eurostar security staff cancel strike action
Strike action by RMT members working on the Eurostar security contract for Mitie tomorrow (December 22) has been called off after the company made an improved pay offer of over 10 per cent and an uplift of nearly 30 per cent for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Eurostar, Security, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT wins TfW pay award
After intense negotiations and no strike action, RMT members won between a 6.6% and 9.5% pay rise, on the Welsh government owned operator.   RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate members on securing a negotiated settlement on pay and conditions....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TfW, Transport for Wales, Pay Deal, Rail,
RMT agrees to all-industry talks
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the minister requested further talks between RMT and the employers in order to find resolutions. “These meetings will be arranged but in the meantime all industrial action remains in place,” he said.
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT welcomes rock solid 48-hour strike across the railways
RMT is due to meet the rail minister and industry chiefs tomorrow in a bid to come to a negotiated settlement on job security, pay and working conditions on Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch
No to network Rail offer
RMT members from Network Rail have voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest offer from company bosses.   It means that all strike action this week, from 6pm Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27 and into the new year, remains on...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Pay Jobs and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT request talks with Rishi Sunak
Rail union RMT request talks with PM to resolve rail strikes. Letter below. 10 Downing Street London ​ SW1A 2AA     9 th  December 2022       Dear Prime Minister ,   National  Rail strikes   I’m writing to you to ask you...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rishi Sunak, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT survey of Avanti staff
As Avanti mark their third anniversary on the West Coast mainline, RMT has revealed that the troubled operators’s staff have no confidence that much lauded December improvements can be delivered and believe the company has lied to Parliament about the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, RMT, Mick Lynch,
London Underground workers renew strike mandate
RMT members working on London Underground have voted to renew their strike mandate for another 6 months, in a dispute over jobs and pensions. The result was a 94% 'yes' vote on a 52% turnout. The union also breached the 40% 'yes' threshold of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Jobs, Pensions, Mick Lynch
Low paid outsourced rail cleaners take their fight to Government
Transport union, RMT is calling on Mark Harper to give a mandate to train operators to end the scandal of outsourcing. Cleaners working on 10 outsourced contracts around the UK rail network voted to take strike action in pursuit of £15...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, Train Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT Rail Strike Update
RMT has just heard from the RDG and there will be no revised offer from them on the TOC-side of the dispute and they have been instructed by the Government instead to take on the strike action set out, rather...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
DOO intervention scandal
Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper repeatedly refused to deny that Number 10 had intervened to scupper a deal in the rail dispute by inserting a precondition that the union accept Driver Only operation.    The Secretary of State was...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mark Harper, DfT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT to put Network Rail offer to members
All strike action planned for December 13,14, 16 and 17 will go ahead as planned.  Furthermore, further strike action will take place and members will be instructed not to book on from between 18.00 hours on December 24 through to 05.59 hours December 27 2022. This strike coincides...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Delivery Group, network Rail,
RMT reject Rail Delivery Group offer
After months of no offer at all from the RDG, finally the DfT gave rail operators a mandate to make a proposal to the RMT. The RDG is offering 4% in 2022 and 2023 which is conditional on RMT members accepting vast changes to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Delivery Group, network Rail,
Railway access for disabled will worsen under ticket office closure plan
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, RMT can reveal that 98% of ticket office staff who took part in our survey say government plans will mean accessing the network will be harder for the elderly and disabled.    A massive...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
Eurostar security staff to strike for 4 days in December over pay
The workers, some of whom earn as little as £10.66 per hour rejected a below inflation pay offer and emphatically voted for strike action with an 81% 'yes' vote.   The strike action will severely affect Eurostar services and travel plans...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Eurostar, Mick Lynch, Strike
RMT accuses government of sitting on their hands in rail dispute
General Secretary Mick Lynch is due to meet the Rail Minister Huw Merriman and rail employer representatives this coming Friday. However, RMT have said the government's "lack of urgency" is "astonishing," given the strike action scheduled to start in two...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike
Railway cleaners name strike dates in pay dispute
Over 1,000 contracted out cleaners working for the likes of Churchill, Atalian Servest and Mitie are eligible to take walkout.    Cleaners are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors - some of whom are...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Justice For Cleaners, Cleaners Strike
Avanti have misled public over their mismanagement of trains
The discredited company have falsely claimed that staff have taken unofficial industrial and that they are improving the situation every week. However, data from the ORR shows that in September into October, they cancelled a higher proportion of a lower...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Cleaners to take part in first national strike
Over 1,000 contracted out cleaners working for the likes of Churchill, Atalian Servest and Mitie are eligible to take strike action.    Cleaners are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors - some of whom...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Justice For Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Churchill, Atalian Servest, Mitie
RMT win big pay rise in ScotRail
Following our industrial campaign which included two days of strikes, most Scotrail members have won a pay rise of between 7 and 9% backdated to April, an extension of the no compulsory guarantee for 6 years and a series of payments to enhance...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, pay, strike, rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
Tube strike at 7 stations over job cuts
Workers in the Special Requirements Team (SRT) that assist passengers are also striking to protect working conditions and defend work-life balance, The action will disrupt service going to and from the following stations: Kings Cross Euston Victoria Green Park Hounslow...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tube, London Underground, Special Requirements Team, LUL, TfL, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT announces 4 weeks of industrial action
Over 40,000 members across Network and 14 Train Operating Companies will take strike action on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and on January 3,4,6 and 7.   There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from 18 December until 2 January, meaning RMT be taking industrial action...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions,
Train companies cancel negotiations and make no offer in national rail dispute
Similarly, Network Rail has also refused to make any proposals promised at the conclusion of intensive talks last week. RMT suspended strike action on the basis that they would make new proposals by November 17 and it has failed to table...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT renews national rail strike mandate for another 6 months
Across both Network Rail and 14 train operating companies, the average turnout was 70.2% with a 'yes' vote of 91.7%.   It means RMT members in these areas will be able to take strike action for potentially another 6-month period.   RMT general...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
First Group profits soar as bus workers lose out
First Group has published its half year results for the six months to September 2022 which shows that operating profits from its continuing operations have increased to £66 million compared to £52 million for the first half of last year.  First...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus Workers, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Government falling behind on transport climate targets
On the eve of the Global Day of Action on Climate Justice to coincide with COP27, union research shows that Network Rail is currently completely failing to match its net zero commitments on decarbonising our railways, ensuring that Britain continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Rail, Climate Targets, COP27, RMT, Mick Lynch
TfL refuse RMT's offer to suspend strike action
Tube union RMT, asked TfL to pause job cuts and detrimental pension changes to give both sides the space to come to a negotiated settlement.   RMT proposed to TfL bosses today that they:    - Suspend the implementation of 600 station...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, TfL, London Underground, strike,
RMT criticises Home Office over concession over immigration rules affecting seafarers
The Offshore Wind Workers Concession (OWWC) has been extended until 30 April 2023 – the sixth time it has been prolonged.     In the joint letter RMT general secretary Mick Lynch and Nautilus leader Mark Dickinson wrote:   "This concession has...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore Wind, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch, Nautilus,
RMT suspends rail strikes
Rail union RMT has suspended planned strikes on Nov 5, 7 and 9 and will now enter into a period of intensive negotiations with Network Rail and the train operating companies.   Through a strong industrial campaign so far, RMT has secured unconditional...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT demands fair pay rise for striking bus workers
Bus workers in Somerset and Cornwall will be out on strike Friday 4 November in a dispute over pay. First South West workers are angry that many of them are only paid just over £11 an hour and that bosses only...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus, bus Workers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT blames broken privatised rail model for train cancellations
The union put the blame for the recent spate of rail cancellations on relying on staff volunteering for overtime because they have not recruited enough railway workers. TransPennine Express (TPE) cancelled over 150 trains in 3 days and is currently in a...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TPE, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Train Cancellations,
RMT releases single by music legends Primal Scream and Dexys
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch, who makes a guest appearance on the track, said that the union was extremely pleased with support from musicians like Kevin Rowland, Sean Read, Bobby Gillespie and former the Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Primal Scream, Dexys, Bobby Gillespie, Kevin Rowland, Enough Is Enough!
RMT launches cleaners ballot
The union's survey of 1,000 contracted out cleaners also found that over a quarter have skipped meals (28%), 1 in 3 are relying on credit cards to pay for cost of living and 84% are struggling to make ends meet.   RMT members working for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Cleaners, Churchill, Mitie, Atalian Servest,
RMT adds new strike date in national rail dispute
Network Rail members are already scheduled to strike on 5, 7 and 9 November in the national rail dispute. In a separate set of strikes, TfL and London Overground (Arriva Rail London) will walkout on November 10. END The 14 train operating companies we are...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT call to Government on Seafarers Wages Bill
Report Stage in the Lords on 26 October is a chance to amend the legislation to cover more conditions of employment than basic pay, and amendments have been tabled by Labour Peers to achieve this.   Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries, DP World, Maritime, Seafarers Wages Bill
RMT update on national rail strike days
Network Rail members will be on strike on those days and members working for the train operating companies will take action on 5th of November.   In separate disputes, London Underground and Overground (Arriva Rail London) members will take strike...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT responds to TfL pension proposals
RMT has accused TfL bosses of colluding in imposing a  £100m pension cut  that they know is wrong and will result in members being 30% worse off in retirement. As part of its funding deals with the government, TfL has agreed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, RMT, Mick Lynch, Pensions,
Avanti West Coast train managers take strike action
Controversially Avanti has had its contract renewed on the West Coast mainline despite its appalling track record running the franchise.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Avanti continue to be totally unreasonable in negotiations and seem incapable of taking...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Avanti West Coast, Mick Lynch, Train Managers,
Bus workers take strike action
First Group workers are angry that many of them are only paid just over £11 and hour an that bosses only offered a small uprate to £12 an hour. The company paid out £500m to shareholders in 2021/22 and has an...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First South West, First Group, Bus, Pay
RMT response to Minimum Service Levels Bill
Legislation is being put forward by the government focused solely on the railways and legally preventing workers from having the right to withdraw their labour. Amongst the new raft of threats being levelled at RMT members includes: Unions will lose...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels Bill, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions
RMT launch strikes on train operating companies in national rail dispute
Strike action will coincide with RMT members on Network Rail, London Underground and Overground who are also walking out. Despite repeated negotiations, the Rail Delivery Group has failed to offer RMT members any offer on pay, jobs and conditions. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT announces new Network Rail strike dates
Rail union RMT will take 3 days of coordinated strike action next month after Network Rail attempted to impose drastic changes in working practices on their staff.   Following intense negotiations with RMT, there was an agreement where the company would...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT to hand in letter to Danish embassy over Orsted dispute
RMT members at Orsted have rejected a paltry pay offer and are set to take further strike action in the weeks and months ahead, unless management reverses its position. In a letter to the Danish government, which will be handed...
Region: National
Tagged with: Orsted, Offshore, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT calls for seafarer legislation fit to fight P&O Ferries
T he government drew up the Bill after 800 directly employed seafarers were sacked by P&O in March and replaced by low paid agency workers.  The Bill is supposed to grant protection to seafarers working in UK waters but the company...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Legislation, Mick Lynch, RMT, Seafarers Union
Avanti workers to take two days strike action
Avanti bosses claim that imposing rosters was to prevent cancellations. However, the company is in such dire straits that they have slashed services and left staff with poor morale and feeling neglected. Controversially the stricken company has had its contract...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, First Group, West Coast Mainline, Strike Action, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT writes to Transport Secretary ahead of Saturday strike
Over 40,000 railway workers will take an eighth day of strike action in an on-going national rail dispute with Network Rail and 14 train operating companies. In the letter, Mr Lynch acknowledged the comments made by the Transport Secretary at the Tory...
Region: National
Tagged with: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Transport Secretary, RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service
It has not yet said how the service will be run after then. RMT has long campaigned for the Caledonian Sleeper to be taken into public ownership and integrated with Scotrail. When ScotRail was renationalised in April, RMT called for...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Caledonian Sleeper, SNP,
RMT responds to Office for Rail and Road report
"The political thrust of this report is to target the pay and conditions of maintenance workers and station staff - the very same railway workers facing mass job cuts. "The ORR also fails to acknowledge the extortionate pay of Network Rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, ORR, Office for Rail and Road, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT marks Ladbroke Grove rail disaster
Ladbroke Grove was one of a number of disasters under the watch of the privatised Railtrack, ultimately leading to its abolition and creation of the publicly owned company, Network Rail.    However, RMT is warning that casualisation, a myriad of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Ladbroke Grove, Rail Accident, Mick Lynch
Bus workers to take strike action
Four days of strike action will take place on the following dates: 10 October 21 October 4 November 11 November Around 400 workers who are planning to take action are furious that many of them are only paid just over £11 and hour and that...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus, Pay, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Music legends back RMT strike action
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes} together with Dexys’ Kevin Rowland and Sean Read, plus Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart have joined forces to produce a song and video in support of RMT’s fight against low pay...
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Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Enough Is Enough, RMT, Mick Lynch, Primal Scream, Dexys, Kevin Rowland, Bobby Gillespie
RMT accuse government of supporting "railway rich" bosses
Railway bosses stand to gain up to £61,000 per annum from the Chancellor’s tax giveaway for the better off. They stand to get more from the government’s tax cut than most RMT members will earn in a year and in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail,
RMT on Labour Party Rail Nationalisation announcement
"We welcome the Labour Party committing itself to public ownership of the railways.    "Tackling the greed and inefficiency of the private sector in our railways and other public services should be a key priority for the next Labour government. ...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Labour, Louise Haigh, Nationalisation, Rail, Railway,
RMT Victory in campaign for free travel for Tube cleaners
Following a long campaign fought by the union, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today announced that the cleaners, who are outsourced to US company ABM, will finally get the free travel given to directly employed TfL staff. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Cleaners, ABM, Sadiq Khan, TfL, London Underground,
RMT announces new strike date in national rail dispute
Over 40,000 RMT members from Network Rail and 15 train operating companies will take to picket lines, effectively shutting down the railway network. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was encouraging that the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP had...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Strike, Rail Strike, Mick Lynch
Cleaners on Avanti West Coast to strike Friday
Atalian Servest runs the contract and is refusing the union's reasonable demands for a decent wage rise and sick pay for hard working cleaners. Currently cleaners on the contract receive as little as £9.90 an hour and no company sick...
Region: National
Tagged with: Atalian Servest, Avanti West Coast, Cleaners, Justice For Cleaners, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Orsted Energy workers to strike for four days
Strike action will take place on 23-24 September and 30th September and 1st of October.   The dispute is over a paltry pay offer of 3.5% from Orsted bosses, amounting to a real terms pay cut with inflation rapidly rising.  Orsted have done little to...
Region: National
Tagged with: offshore, rmt, Mick Lynch, orsted,
RMT to strike across the rail network on October 1st
The 24-hour action which will bring the railway to an effective standstill, comes after the union received no further offers from the rail industry to help come to a negotiated settlement.   In separate disputes, Arriva Rail London members, Hull...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, national rail dispute, Mick Lynch, defend rail jobs pay and conditions,
RMT reaction to the death of Queen Elizabeth II
"RMT joins the whole nation in paying its respects to Queen Elizabeth. "The planned railway strike action on 15 and 17 September is suspended. "We express our deepest condolences to her family, friends and the country."
Region: National
Tagged with: Queen Elizabeth II, rmt, Mick Lynch
RMT writes to new Transport Secretary urging fresh approach
Ms Trevelyan was appointed yesterday and is on record as opposing ticket office closures in her constituency.   In November last year, the Berwick MP held talks with rail operator LNER in a bid to reverse its proposals to cut...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, national rail dispute, Mick Lynch, Anne Marie Trevelyan,
RMT reaction to Liz Truss becoming Prime Minister
“This means investment in the railway infrastructure, unshackling Network Rail and the rail companies so we can come to a negotiated settlement on job security, pay and working conditions.   “This would be in the best interests of the travelling...
Region: National
Tagged with: Liz Truss, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT pay tribute to merchant navy seafarers
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT pays tribute to the skills and sacrifice of working-class seafarers who have kept this country safe and supplied since the Merchant Navy was established after the First World War, and for centuries before...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merchant Nay Day, Ratings, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT slams decision not to prosecute P&O Ferries
RATINGS UNION RMT has slammed the decision by the Insolvency Service not to press criminal charges against P&O Ferries after it fired nearly 800 employees in March and replaced them with low paid agency workers. Only days earlier the rogue employer...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, DP World, P&O Ferries, Mick Lynch, Grant Shapps
Shapps threatens to impose fire and re-hire
The Tory minister told Sky News that if the dispute cannot be settled “we will have to move to what’s called a Section 188, it’s a process of actually requiring these changes to go into place”.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands government stops blocking settlement
The union insisted that by refusing to meet with RMT while dictating how the train companies conduct the negotiations through a ‘shameful and irresponsible use of taxpayers’ money’. “Your government has made the decision to use taxpayer’s money to bailout...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT strikes on the Tube and Overground
RMT members on London Overground voted overwhelmingly for strike action after rejecting a below inflation pay offer and negotiations with Tube employers have failed to make any progress on cuts imposed by the government.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Tube, Tube Strike, London Underground, London Overground, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT comment on PM resignation
“We are now facing the prospect of months of chaos at the heart of government which could seriously undermine the prospect of a settlement in the national rail dispute. "RMT is calling for today’s announcement to signal a change of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Mick Lynch
Mick Lynch pledges fight of a lifetime
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the national rail dispute was “the fight of our lifetime” at the union’s annual general meeting in Birmingham. Mr Lynch who has become a media sensation since a string of successful broadcast interviews, said...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT AGM, AGM 2022, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Support Rail Workers, Rail Dispute,
Mick Lynch elected as new RMT General Secretary‎
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “I am greatly honoured to have been elected by the RMT’s members as General Secretary. "I will maximise the unity of our great organisation, bringing together every sector and grade to build our union’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: Mick Lynch, Mick Cash, General Secretary, RMT,