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RFA staff set to strike on International Seafarers Day
The 24 hour stoppage coincides with International Seafarers Day, which acknowledges the vital contributions of seafarers worldwide.   The recent strike on 19 May showed the strength of RFA members, demonstrating their unity and resolve, from ports to ships in locations as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, RFA, Pay, Strike
Strike action at Hitachi Rail Doncaster
The action will take place between:   05:59 Friday 28 June and 23:59 Monday 1 July.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our members are engaging in significant strike action to try and bring management back to the table.   “All our members...
Region: North East
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bespoke Facilities Management, Hitachi Rail
RMT slams First Group dividends bonanza
First Group’s financial results for the year ending March 2024 state that there has been a ‘significant increase’ in Group operating profit to £204 million – up 27 per cent from £161 million last year. First group operates bus and rail services...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First Group, Profits
Northern Rail strike by members working for Carlisle Support Services this Saturday
There will be picket lines at Manchester Victoria station (all entrances) from 0900 hrs and at Wigan Wallgate station from 0900 hrs.  RMT members who are employed by Carlisle Support Services work at Northern Rail gate lines but are paid less than...
Region: North West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Carlisle Support Services, Northern,
Rail Gourmet Eurostar strike action over pay continues
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet are trying to get management back round the negotiating table.  Last month, they took several days action and are determined to get a decent pay deal.  The strike started  on Wednesday 6am  and will ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Gourmet, Eurostar, Pay Justice
Contracted out gate line staff to strike on Northern Rail
RMT members who are employed by Carlisle Support Services work at Northern Rail gate lines but are paid less than directly employed staff and cannot enter the company pension scheme or receive sick pay from their employer.   The contractor...
Region: North West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Northern, Carlisle Support Services, Gateline, Strike
RFA staff to strike on Sunday over pay
RFA have imposed a one-year deal of 4.5% which does not reflect the value and sacrifices of staff in the fleet. RMT members work as civilian merchant seafarers onboard the fleet of Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels which provide the Royal...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, RFA, Pay, Strike
RMT writes to London Mayor over investigation into Clapham Common incident
Both the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and Formal Investigation report identify a critical need for enhanced training for station and operational staff.   However, instead of addressing this need, LUL is increasingly relying on office staff to cover operational...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Clapham Common, London Mayor
RMT calls on Scottish First Minister to support Scotrail and CalMac workers
Scotrail members will take strike action over the role of the guard on services along the Barrhead and East Kilbride routes on May 18,19,25 and 26 May.    Strike action is also scheduled for June 1 and 2.   Publicly owned CalMac Ferries faces...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, SNP, John Swinney, ScotRail, CalMac
P&O boss should be in the dock
Mr Hebblethwaite who is CEO of P&O Ferries company, unlawfully sacked over 700 seafarers just over 2 years ago, was grilled by the Business and Trade Committee over his role at the disgraced ferry outfit. He admitted dreadfully low wages of £4.87...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers, P&O Ferries, Peter Hebblethwaite
RFA seafarers to take strike action
RFA have implemented a one-year deal of 4.5% which is wholly unacceptable to RMT members.   RMT members work as civilian merchant seafarers onboard the fleet of Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessels which provide the Royal Navy with vital logistic and...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, RFA, Strike, Pay
RMT responds to New Deal dilution media briefings
"Any dilution of the New Deal for workers is wholly unacceptable. "Labour must not bend the knee to corporate greed and instead find its voice and values by representing the interests of working people in government. "The New Deal for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Labour Party, New Deal for Workers
RMT rejects Network Rail pay offer
The company offered an increase of just 3.5 per cent, even though the benchmark measure of inflation used for negotiations is the November RPI figure which was 5.3 per cent. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that such double standards were unacceptable...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Network Rail, Mick Lynch, Pay,
Eurostar Rail Gourmet workers to take strike action over pay
This follows a magnificent 95% yes vote in our strike ballot, which has given the union a mandate to pursue industrial action to win better pay for low paid members working within the continental rail service.   RMT General Secretary Mick...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Eurostar, Rail Gourmet, Strike, Pay
RMT calls for employment protections after zero emissions shipping routes announced
If successful, the government claims the move will bring about zero emission shipping routes connecting the UK to the Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, and Ireland. A pot of £1.5m funding for the fifth round of the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Zero Emissions Shipping Routes, Seafarers, Maritime
RMT welcomes Transport for the North’s call to terminate Avanti contract
With Avanti’s performance consistently poor and deteriorating since December, Transport for the North, which brings together Northern Metro Mayors and council leaders, called for Transport Secretary Mark Harper to put an end to First Group’s tenure on the West Coast...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, Transport for the North
RMT to launch strike ballot on Scotrail over DOO
Bosses at the Scottish government run train company have said Barrhead and East Kilbride routes can run services without a second member of staff at the discretion of the driver.   Over a 100 hundred conductors who will be affected by...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Driver Only Operation, DOO, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT marks Herald of Free Enterprise disaster
National Secretary Darren Procter will pay tribute to those who were lost in the tragedy at a memorial in Dover today.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We pay tribute to the memory of the crew and passengers who...
Region: National
Tagged with: Herald of Free Enterprise, Anniversary
Bidvest Noonan cleaners begin 48 hour strike action
The cleaners are taking action over pay and working conditions having rejected the latest offer from the company.   Strikes will take place in Glasgow and Manchester.   Following the conclusion of the strike, RMT members will take industrial action...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bidvest Noonan, Alstom, TransPennine Express, Cleaners
London Overground workers win pay rise
Workers overwhelmingly voted in favour of accepting the latest offer in an e-referendum.    It means the dispute is now settled and all planned strike action has been cancelled.    The details of the win for RMT members is as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Overground, Pay
RMT responds to helicopter tragedy
Six people were recovered from the crash and taken to hospital in Bergen and the other five crew members have “varying levels of injuries”, according to a statement from operator Bristow. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said that it was...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, S92, Helicopter, Offshore
Railway workers to lobby Scottish Parliament over railway cuts
Total renewals expenditure for Scotland over the next 5 years is £315m or 13% lower than in the previous funding period. The renewals will cover track, off-track, signalling, level crossings, earthworks, drainage, buildings, electrification and fixed plant, and telecommunications. The combined crises...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Scotland, SNP
RMT responds to potential re-introduction of Super Puma in the offshore sector
Last year was the tenth anniversary of the last fatal Super Puma incident in the UK sector, which claimed the lives of four offshore workers, including RMT member Sarah Darnley.   33 offshore workers and helicopter crew died and 65 were rescued...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Oil, Gas, Super Puma, Helicopter
Yeovil bus routes cut by First Group stranding passengers
The multi-million-pound company which is part of First Group, will stop running 54 and 58/58A services at the end of March. The bus company also plans to make cuts to the 25 and 28 services. Passenger groups had previously warned any such cuts...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First Group, Bus, Yeovil
RMT 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
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,
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
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 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 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 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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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 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
Rail Gourmet workers take strike action on TPE
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet on TransPennine Express services get lower pay and poorer terms and conditions than colleagues directly employed by the train operator. Rail Gourmet made £1.4 million in profit last year but have refused to meet...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, TPE, Strike
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,
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,
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
Strike action to secure settlement and save ticket offices goes ahead
The latest stoppage in the 18 month long dispute comes as no progress has been made with rail operators, hamstrung by a government who refuses to give them a mandate to make a revised offer.    RMT are also scheduled to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Strike, RDG, national dispute
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
CrossCountry rail staff take strike action
Management proposals for staff in Edinburgh would see members becoming poorer, after CrossCountry withdrew an earlier financial offer.   There is also no commitment to ensure that members currently with flexible working arrangements will continue to keep their existing agreements...
Region: National
Tagged with: CrossCountry, Strike, National Rail Dispute,
Rail Gourmet caterers to take 48 hours strike action on TransPennine Express
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet on TransPennine Express services get lower pay and poorer terms and conditions than colleagues directly employed by the train operator. Rail Gourmet made £1.4 million in profit last year but has refused to make...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, TransPennine Express, Pay Justice,
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
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 writes to Transport Focus and London Travelwatch on ticket offices
Alongside the Equality Trust, End Violence Against Women, Disability Rights UK, DPAC, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Inclusion London, National Pensioners Convention WinVisible and Transport for All, the letter states:     We are writing to you to object...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Focus, London Travelwatch, Ticket Offices
20,000 railway workers take strike action on 14 train operating companies in national dispute
The strike comes as rail bosses announced over 2000 job cuts and the closure of 1000 ticket offices across the network.   Ticket office closures under Schedule 17 means there will be no regulations on staffing levels at stations whatsoever.   This means...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Dispute, Strike
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
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
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
DHL catering staff on Avanti to take strike action
The workers who are employed by contractor DHL provide the catering stores for Avanti trains.   They have not been offered a pay rise despite the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation.   DHL has pleaded poverty claiming they cannot afford...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, DHL, Catering Staff, First Group
RMT 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 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
RMT writes to Scottish Transport minister over CalMac
The Scottish ferries union is campaigning for CalMac to be taken into public ownership on a permanent basis.  In the letter, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch writes:  “I write to welcome you to your post as Transport Minister in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Calmac, Public Ownership
CalMac Ferries must be taken into public ownership permanently - RMT
The Scottish Ferries union made the demand after it was revealed the deadline for re-tendering the contract had now passed. It takes at least 18 months to draw up specifications in the contract and to launch a tendering process for Clyde...
Region: National
Tagged with: Calmac, Public Ownership
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
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
A message for RMT members
June 1st message  
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
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
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
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 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
RMT responds to major incident on MV Pentalina
“RNLI lifeboats have been dispatched and all of the ferry’s passengers and crew are reported to be safe.    “A thorough investigation will be needed to establish how this major incident aboard the Pentland Ferries vessel occurred.”   END
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, RMT,
RMT reacts to new CalMac Catamaran trials
The Scottish government has provided £9m for the nine-month long charter of MV Alfred, owned by Orkney-based Pentland Ferries. Reacting to the news, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This is a scandalous attack on trade union agreements and will...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Alfred, CalMac Ferries, Pentland Ferries,
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 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 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
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
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
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,
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
Freeports must not lead to deregulation and attacks on workers' rights
The union was reacting to news that two sites in Wales will be gain Freeport status meaning there will be special exemption from tax rates, customs rules and other regulations.    Business leaders and the government claim the move will...
Region: National
Tagged with: Freeports, Holyhead, Milford Haven, Port Talbot
RMT accuse Scottish Government of ‘P&O by the backdoor’
Transport Scotland is spending £1m per month to charter the MV Alfred for nine months. The vessel will be crewed and operated by Pentland Ferries staff who are not covered by a trade union agreement and whose terms and conditions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Pentland Ferries, Scotland
RMT suspends national rail strikes on March 30 and April 1
The NEC has therefore suspended strike action scheduled for March 30 and April 1. RMT will have further talks with the RDG with a view to securing a new offer on pay, job security and working conditions. The dispute remains on and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike, suspended
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 update on train operating companies dispute
The RMT NEC has decided that the scheduled action will remain in place but that the union will be available for discussions and will attend any meetings on creating a resolution to the dispute through an improved offer. The union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Train Operating Companies Dispute
RMT update on new Network Rail pay offer and referendum
The new offer involves extra money and is not conditional on accepting Network Rail’s modernising maintenance agenda which RMT does not endorse.     Network Rail's offer amounts to an uplift on salaries of between 14.4% for the lowest paid grades...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Offer, Update
RMT marks Herald of Free Enterprise 36th Anniversary
“We once again pay tribute to the memory of the crew and passengers who died in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and extend our condolences to the community in Dover who were so badly affected by this avoidable tragedy....
Region: National
Tagged with: Herald of Free Enterprise, Anniversary
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
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
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
National Secretary video message
Darren Procter Stena message
Region: National
Tagged with: Darren Procter, Stena Line
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
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,
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 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
EHRC expresses concerns over DOO
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has expressed concerns over changes to rail services that could impact on the disabled and vulnerable.     Responding to a letter signed by dozens of MPs and peers, highlighting the impact of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Driver Only Operation, DOO, Ticket Offices, EHRC, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Disabled Passengers
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,
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 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 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
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,
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National Secretary message 221222
Region: National
Tagged with: Maritime Union, Darren Procter, RMT
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
Merseyrail cleaners to protest against outsourcing
The cleaners have fought a long-running campaign for fair pay and to be brought in house, winning support from across the City Region. Last year Seven MPs, the Mayor of Liverpool and councillors from Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and Tories...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail Cleaners, Protest
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 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,
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 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
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
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 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,
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
Rail Dispute Update
Rail Dispute Update: 30 th  September 2022 RMT will be taking further strike action on 1 st  and 8 th  October, following our suspension of action on the death of Her Majesty the Queen. This action has been called because of failure to make...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT,
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 letter to EHRC
Baroness Falkner of Margravine Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission Windsor House 50 Victoria Street London SW1H 0TL By email to:  correspondence@equalityhumanrights.com Dear Lady Falkner, Railway staffing and accessibility 27.09.22 I am writing to your regarding the impact of transport policies on...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, EHRC, DOO, Ticket Offices, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
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
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 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 announce new strike dates in national rail dispute
Over 40,000 RMT members from Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take to picket lines, effectively shutting down the railway network. In separate disputes, Hull Trains and Arriva Rail London will also be taking one day of strike action on...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, grant Shapps, rail dispute, national rail dispute, defend rail jobs, pay and conditions,
More strikes likely after RMT rejects TfL funding deal
Following talks behind closed doors between Mayor Sadiq Khan and the government, funding has been secured for TfL operations until 2024. But the deal appears conditional on attacks on workers’ pensions, potential job losses and a push for pay restraint in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: rmt, tube, London Underground, lul, tfl, sadiq khan, grant shapps, driverless trains,
Support for striking workers declared by 600 Labour councillors
Amid a wave of strikes over pay and increasing talk of coordinated industrial action this autumn, the councillors signed an open letter saying they offered “full solidarity and support” to the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers’ union (RMT), the Communication...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, cwt, unite, Labour Party, councillors, national rail dispute,
RMT demands meeting over betrayal of P&O seafarers
Despite the illegal sackings the Ministry of Defence has spent £50,000 making over 300 bookings on P&O services which are now crewed with exploited agency crews flown in to work months solid for under £4 per hour. RMT general secretary Mick...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
US Senator Bernie Sanders to join RMT rally on Wednesday 31 August
The Save London Transport Rally will take place on Wednesday 31 August in central London at TUC Headquarters, Congress House at 7.00pm. and the livestream can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook  or register for a ticket  here .
Region: National
Tagged with: Bernie Sanders, Save London's Transport, Rally
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 confirms national rail and tube strikes to go ahead
Over 50,000 workers across Network Rail, London Overground, London Underground and other 14 train operating companies will walkout this week following no breakthrough in any talks. RMT members on London Overground voted overwhelmingly for strike action after rejecting a below inflation pay...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT,
Picket Line details 18 - 20 August
South East and Anglia Brighton Station 09:00 – 15:00 Brighton (Lovers Walk) & Brighton (New England Road) 07:00 – 12:00 Dover Priory (Southeastern) Thursday 06:00 – 14:00 Saturday 06:00 – 12:00 Dover Yard (Network Rail) Thursday & Saturday 06:00 – 12:00 Canterbury East (Southeastern) 09:00 – 12:00 Tonbridge Traincrew depot, Preston Road,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Picket
RMT responds to Grant Shapps
Responding to a national newspaper interview with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch: "Grant Shapps is a dreadful minister who is continuing his dereliction of duty by issuing idol threats, against railway workers, all for the sake...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT
RMT seeks urgent meeting over Avanti crisis
Avanti West Coast have drastically reduced their timetable including temporarily suspending ticket sales and only running four trains an hour from London Euston, one to each of Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. The company has also made unsubstantiated allegations of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, rail union, RMT
RMT reject Scotrail offer
Responding to the decision, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have spoken and ScotRail will have to come up with an improved package. “We will now seek an urgent meeting with the company. “If no improved offer is...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Pay, RMT, Rail Union,
Hitachi rail workers to strike
Hitachi rail workers will strike for 3 days from tomorrow in a row over pay and conditions. RMT members are seeking an agreement in line with Hitachi members in Doncaster and Hitachi North Pole maintenance which secures a deal on breaks,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Hitachi, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express, RMT
Huge vote for strike action on Arriva Rail London
79.4% voted yes for strike action on a turnout of over 80%. The National Executive Committee will now meet to discuss strike dates and how to take the campaign forward. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "I congratulate our Arriva members for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Arriva Rail London, London Overground, Pay, Rail Union, RMT
RMT conducts massive rail staff survey
Rail workers have painted a chilling picture of the future awaiting passengers if the brutal cuts being proposed by the industry and the Tory government are implemented. RMT conducted a survey asking rail workers what they thought would be the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Staff Survey, How the rail industry’s cuts will affect passengers, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, Ticket Offices, RMT
RMT response to Network Rail's latest statement
“Network Rail has issued a statement to staff today that there is an unconditional pay offer available. This is a deception on the staff and is entirely untrue. The offer they have made is entirely conditional on mass redundancies and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Dispute, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, RMT, RMT response RMT
RMT on ferry passenger numbers and port freight volumes
Despite this, key worker seafarers and port staff contributed to a recovery from the depths of the 2020 pandemic depression. Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “These figures show the importance of seafarers, port workers and ferry services in national recovery...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Maritime, Ferry, Port Freight, Maritime Union, RMT
Mick Lynch message
Mick Lynch message to members 260722
Region: National
Tagged with: Britain's specialist transport union, rail union, trade union, UK
Statement on anonymous briefings by the Rail industry
The last offer we had from Network Rail was rejected by our National Executive Committee on 13 July. There has been no new offer since from Network Rail. Claims about the “sentiment” expressed by Eddie Dempsey and relayed by anonymous industry...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, rail strike, Rail Union, RMT
RMT will fiercely resist further attacks on trades unions announced by Truss
She will introduce minimum service levels on critical national infrastructure, introducing primary legislation in the first 30 days of Government, if she beats Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership election. Other proposals include: Ensuring strike action has significant support from union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Liz Truss, Strike, Industrial Action, Tory Government, Transport Union, RMT
New Tube Strike announced
The latest call for action has been prompted by TfL's refusal to share the details of a draft government proposal they received regarding funding of the transport system in the capital, in secret and without any discussion with their recognised...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, Strike, Jobs, Pensions, Tube Union, RMT
RMT launches bid to save Britain's railway ticket offices
Almost 1,000 ticket offices are set to close with the loss of thousands of jobs and creating accessibility problems for different types of travellers. These include the elderly, people with disabilities and foreign visitors who may not have English as their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, Staff Our Stations, Petition, Save Ticket Offices, RMT, We Own It
Tory Government P&O Ferries shame
The Second Reading of the Government’s Seafarers Wages Bill, the core element of the Department for Transport’s 9-point plan in response to P&O’s actions, will take place in the House of Lords later today. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Tory Government, Boycott P&O, D P World, Department for Transport, DfT, Seafarers Union, RMT,
Churchill cleaners continue their fight for a £15 per hour
Cleaners on GTR, Network Rail, HS1 and South East Trains are back on the picket lines today on the final day of a three day strike over pay. RMT members who are employed by the outsourcing company Churchill are campaigning...
Region: National
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Fight For Fifteen, Justice For Cleaners, Rail Union, RMT
RMT secures 7% pay rise on Merseyrail
The train operator which is owned jointly by Serco and Abellio agreed the deal on a no strings attached basis. Alongside Merseyrail, RMT has won pay deals on London Underground  of 8.4pc, MTR Crossrail 8.2pc and 9.25pc on the Docklands...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Pay Rise, Serco, Abellio, Rail Union, RMT,
National rail strikes set for 18 and 20 August
The strikes on August 18 and 20, will bring out over 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies. RMT is also taking 24 hours strike action on 27 July. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The rail industry and the government need to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT
RMT calls 24 hours strike action in national rail dispute
Railway workers will once again take strike action over job security, pay and working conditions on Wednesday July 27. The 24-hour stoppage comes after Network Rail made an offer of 4pc in the first year followed by a possible 4pc in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, RMT,
Update on National Rail dispute
It amounts to a real terms pay cut over the next two years and will involve cutting a third of all frontline maintenance roles and 50pc of all scheduled maintenance work. There will also be an expectation of unsocial hours...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT,
RMT responds to MPs passing agency worker bill to break strikes
"The use of agency labour to break strikes is not only unethical and morally reprehensible; it is totally impracticable. Agency workers will not have the skill, training, or relevant competences to drive a train to do complex maintenance work on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, Agency Workers, Tory Government,
RMT welcomes Aslef mandate for strike action
"It goes to show that railway workers across every grade from cleaners, catering staff guards, maintenance staff and drivers are fed up with real terms pay cuts, attacks on job security and working conditions. "When railway unions and others unite,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Aslef, Rail Union, Rail Dispute, National Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
GTR workers to join the national rail dispute
GTR members were originally balloted as part of the national rail dispute along with 13 other train operating companies in May.   However due to the anti-trade union laws, despite voting yes, there was insufficient numbers to allow them to legally...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink Railway, GTR, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Strike, Rail Strike, Rail Dispute
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
Piper Alpha disaster anniversary
This 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. In September 1997, Step Change in Safety was launched...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Piper Alpha, Offshore
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,
RMT refute strike day claims by rail industry and government
“The people who turned up for work were managers and contractors who were not balloted, in a vain attempt to break the strike. “Despite attempts to undermine our action, the rail network barely ran any services and many of those...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Support our Rail Workers, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike,
Tories attack Welsh devolution law preventing agency workers from breaking strikes
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch “The latest attack on trade union rights is not just an attack on all trade unionists but an anti-democratic move to undermine Welsh devolution. “Using agency workers to break strike action is immoral and impractical...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Support Rail Workers, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike, Agency Workers, Strike Breakers
Tory contracts boosted rail fat cats’ profits
Train operating companies are only back in profit thanks to transport secretary Grant Shapps’s pandemic bailouts and new rail contracts, according to a new RMT report published today. Bailing out the TOC's   The report Bailing out the TOCs, based...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT on Opinium Poll
Independent polling released by the RMT today found strong support for rail workers to receive a fairer deal and for the government to intervene to address the rail workers concerns. A clear majority of the public also support the rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike
RMT on Grant Shapps claims
Responding to claims made about working practices on the railway by Grant Shapps, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Grant Shapps is talking nonsense and is completely ignorant of how the railways work which is a major shortcoming for a...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike
London Underground workers renew strike mandate
RMT members have delivered a decisive ballot result in their campaign to protect pensions, working agreements and prevent job losses on the London Underground. 91.1% voted yes in the ballot on a 53.1% turnout, meaning tube workers have the right to continue...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, Strike, Defend Jobs, Pensions and Conditions,
Second strike day sees huge turnout on pickets
Over 40,000 members are on strike over a multiyear pay freeze and a lack of job security, with Network Rail and the train operating companies threatening thousands of compulsory redundancies. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our members are leading the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike
RMT strike action to go ahead on Thursday
Commenting on today's talks, Mick Lynch RMT general secretary said: "Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members. "Until the government unshackle Network Rail and the train...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike
RMT General Secretary on rail dispute
“Today’s turnout at picket lines has been fantastic and exceeded expectations in our struggle for job security, defending conditions and a decent pay rise. “Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in pursuit of a settlement...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike,
National Rail & London Underground Strikes
Discussions with Network Rail and the Train Operators have continued today. The Train Operators have now made an offer and there is no further offer from Network Rail following the one which was rejected last Friday. The RMT National Executive...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike
RMT Statement
In the past few weeks, discussions have been taking place at senior level with Network Rail, Train Operators and London Underground. Despite the best efforts of our negotiators no viable settlements to the disputes have been created. It has to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Strike, Train Operating Companies
RMT calls for face to face meeting with Shapps
The railways will be shut down for 3 days on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, when workers from Network Rail and 13 train operating companies take to picket lines across the country in a row over pay and job losses. In a letter...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail Strikes, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Rishi Sunak, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT response Grant Shapps' comments on the national rail dispute
“Grant Shapps needs to stop smearing the RMT and unshackle the rail operating companies so they can come to a negotiated settlement that can end this dispute. "Railway workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action in defence of their jobs and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps
RMT statement on Scotrail pay offer
"This matter has not been considered by our National Executive Committee and will be put before them next week so they can make a decision."
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Pay
RMT launch 3 days of national train strike action
Over 50,000 railway workers will walkout as part of 3 days of national strike action later this month, in the biggest dispute on the network since 1989. The union will shut down the country's railway network on 21st, 23rd and 25th June, due...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, TOC's, Strike, Pay, Jobs, Pensions, Conditions, Rail, Trains
Churchill cleaners began 5 days of strike action
Staff in cleaning roles on GTR, Network Rail, HS1 and South East Trains will be on picket lines throughout the weekend.   The union is demanding Churchill pay company sick pay and free travel for cleaning staff across the network,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Justice For Cleaners
48 hour TransPennine Express strike action goes ahead
The company continues to refuse TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays.   However, this week it emerged, that TPE bosses have offered drivers an increase of 15% for working on their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transpennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike,
Cairnryan P&O blockade set for Monday over job losses
The ferry company sacked 800 workers in March and has since crewed shifts without proper safety protocols and paid poor wages to super exploited foreign workers.   Protesters will start their action from 1.45pm on Monday 6 June.    RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Cairnryan, Seafarers, Sackings
RMT responds to government terminating contract with P&O
The government has cancelled a contract with P&O Ferries after it sacked nearly 800 staff without  notice in March.   Reacting to the news, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This decision to terminate the Border Force’s contract with P&O is...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
Update on national rail dispute
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Since the ballot results on 24th May, discussions have been taking place at industry-wide level under the auspices of the Rail Industry Recovery Group (RIRG) to create a framework and structure for negotiations on...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Network Rail
RMT slams DP World
MARITIME union RMT has called for P&O Ferries’ owner to been taken to task for describing the sacking of 800 workers illegally fired and replaced with low paid agency staff in March as an ‘amazing’ job. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, seafarers, sackings
RMT suspends June 3 action
Station staff at Euston and Green Park stations have faced bullying and intimidation from a single manager for years, leading to a breakdown of industrial relations. However, following intense negotiations between RMT and tube bosses, an agreement was reached to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, Euston, Green Park, Bullying
RMT declares overwhelming mandate for national strike action on railways
71% of those balloted took part in the vote with 89% voting in favour of strike action and only 11% voting against. The union will now be demanding urgent talks with Network Rail and the 15 train operating companies that were balloted to find...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Strike, Ballot, Rail, Dispute, Pay, Jobs, Conditions, Rail Union, RMT
RMT response to Shapps strike threat
The RMT today issued a stern warning that they will mount fierce resistance to any attempt by the government to reduce their   right to strike  on the railways.    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Any attempt by Grant Shapps...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Union, RMT, Grant Shapps, Strike, Ballot, Rail Dispute
RMT will launch strike ballot on ScotRail over pay
RPI inflation is running at 11.1%, and transport workers have already been subject to repeated pay freezes and real terms cuts in living standards. The union will set out a timetable for the ballot and any potential action in due course....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Ballot, Pay, Strike
Tube strike action set for Queen's Jubilee
RMT members at both stations have suffered years of intimidation, bullying and unjustified sackings of colleagues by a manager who has created a toxic atmosphere in the workplace. Strike action is set for June 3 which coincides with the Queen's Jubilee...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Euston, Green Park, Bullying,
RMT reaction to new Freeport in Wales
Financial backing  has been secured for a freeport in Wales, the UK government has announced.   With eight freeports approved in England and a deal for two struck with the Scottish Government, it is understood that the Cardiff Bay administration...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Freeport, Wales, Holyhead, Seafarers, Dockers
RMT on Railways Bill in today's Queen’s speech
Rail union RMT has warned that the Queen’s Speech to be delivered today to set up Great British Railways, the new state holding company for the UK’s rail infrastructure, will only deliver for private railway companies. RMT general secretary Michael...
Region: National
Tagged with: Queens Speech, Railways Bill, Great British Railways
RMT condemns Hebblethwaite P&O promotion
Mr Hebblethwaite who admitted breaching employment law during a Transport Select Committee hearing in March, by sacking 800 seafarers and replacing them with agency crews, was appointed on 1st April to the new post which has been announced today on Companies...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Peter Hebblethwaite, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
RMT responds to Pride of Kent failed inspection
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “For the third time in a month P&O’s Cypriot flagged Pride of Kent has failed a full safety inspection by the MCA.   “Passengers and hauliers need to know that P&O’s fleet is operated by...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Pride of Kent, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
Grant Shapps is allowing rail dispute to continue
Scottish Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth accuses Mr Shapps and the Westminster government of "not doing more" to resolve the current dispute with the transport union. RMT is balloting over 40,000 members on Network Rail and the train operating companies over...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay & Conditions, Ballot, Strike, Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps
RMT protest Larne port over unsafe P&O ferries
This week the European Causeway drifted for hours in waters off Larne having lost power and had to be escorted back by tugboats. The vessel was carrying passengers, freight traffic and was being operated by an underpaid, overworked and poorly...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Larne, Seafarers, Sackings
P&O protest at Cairnryan port on Friday
Demonstrators will be encouraging passengers not to use the ferries as part of the union's "Boycott P&O" campaign. Following the unlawful sacking of 800 staff in March, P&O has been embroiled in a series of safety violations on their ferries and...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Sackings, Seafarers
Hundreds of cleaners take to picket lines in row over pay
Staff in cleaning roles on GTR, SE trains, and HS1 can earn as little £8.91 an hour.  The union is demanding Churchill pay company sick pay and free travel for cleaning staff across the network, just like every other railway...
Region: National
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Justice For Cleaners
RMT responds to European Causeway being adrift off the coast of Larne
"Since our members were viciously sacked on 17 March, this vessel has been detained by the MCA for failing a raft of safety checks. "The list of offences is now as long as your arm and the Government has to step...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, European Causeway, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings,
Network Rail's "futile attempt" to undermine ballot exposed
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The comments are a desperate and futile attempt by Network Rail to dissuade our railway members from voting in this upcoming strike ballot. "Network Rail are trying to avoid the elephant in the room,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Network Rail, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Job Cuts, Strike, Ballot
P&O U-turn on further cutting of agency worker pay
The union had  received reports  of agency workers being forced to sign new contracts that reduced their pay to drastically low levels.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Due to the pressure from RMT seafarers, P&O have been prevented...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings, DP World
Transport Scotland "playing fast and loose with railway safety."
An FOI request passed to RMT shows Transport Scotland requested that Network Rail reduce its baseline budget by £65 million in both 2022/23 and 2023/24. This new evidence is in direct contradiction to official responses from the Scottish Government when asked previously...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Transport Scotland, Network Rail, Railway Safety, Scotland
DP World protest against P&O sackings
Organised by the International Transport Federation in London outside the offices of DP World, 16 Palace Street London SW1E 5JQ, RMT activists will be keeping up their “Fair Ferries campaign” and calling for the re-instatement of all 800 sacked seafarers. ITF inspectors...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
RMT launch strike ballot over pay freeze & job losses
Over 40,000 railway workers on Network Rail and 15 train operating companies (TOCs) will be balloted for strike action in what RMT has called “potentially the biggest rail strike in modern history.” Network Rail intends to cut at least 2,500 safety critical maintenance...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, Strike, Ballot
RMT calls for economic sanctions against P&O - one month on from mass sackings
Ships have been found to not be seaworthy due to agency crews not being familiar with the vessels, a lack of competency around fire safety and emergency evacuation, firefighting equipment that is not fit for purpose, and deficient structural integrity...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
48 hour strike on TransPennine Express on Easter weekend
The company has point blank refused TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays. This week TPE claimed there was no money in the budget to resolve the dispute but were then...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TransPennine Express, Strike
Fight for justice continues for P&O workers with further protests next week
MARITIME UNION RMT will be keeping up the pressure on P&O with further protests next week over the mass sacking of 800 of the company’s seafarers. Demonstrations are taking place: • Organised by RMT in Dover on Tuesday 19th April at...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Demonstration
Fight for justice continues for P&O workers
MARITIME UNION RMT will be keeping up the pressure on P&O with further protests this month over the mass sacking of 800 of the company’s seafarers. Demonstrations are taking place: • Organised by RMT in Dover on Tuesday 19th April at...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Demonstration
RMT demands Grant Shapps detains P&O ferry over serious safety breaches
Port authorities in the Netherlands listed failures around fire safety, deficient training for crew and below standard ship structural integrity, during an inspection between 7 and 8 April. P&O sacked 800 workers in Britain without warning last month, sparking angry protests at ports...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Safety
Action solid this morning in two RMT rail strikes
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "Our members on TPE and the West Coast routes are standing firm again this weekend in their separate fights for pay and workplace justice. "It's time for both employers to stop treating their staff with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transpennine Express, Conductors, Avanti West Coast, Atalian Servest, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Strike,
Atalian Servest West Coast cleaners return to the picket lines
As Atalian Servest cleaners return to the picket lines this weekend for a 48-hour strike on 9 and 10 April, a new report has exposed the brutal reality of life for cleaners working to clean Avanti West Coast trains. In a report...
Region: National
Tagged with: Atalian Servest, Cleaners, Avanti West Coast, Strike, Pay, Justice For Cleaners
Bosses on Southeastern Trains exposed as getting free travel
RAIL UNION RMT today accused bosses at the publicly owned Southeastern Trains of ‘rank hypocrisy’ after it was revealed that they get free rail travel while denying it to the cleaning staff who work to ensure that Southeastern trains are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Atalian Servest, Southeastern, Pay, Fight For Fifteen, Travel,
RMT on bus and local transport funding announcement
Responding to the Government announcement on bus and local transport funding RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This announcement of funding is a drop in the ocean compared to what our bus and local transport desperately needs after years of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Local Transport, Funding, Tory Government
P&O demonstrations continue this week
Delays at Dover have been compounded by P&O's ruthless actions and the embattled Dubai owned company says no ship will sail until April 19. The events that we have planned this week are as follows:   Hull 4pm Tuesday 5 April King...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, seafarers, DP World,
Unions demand change to end fire and rehire
Last night, ITF, ETF, Nautilus International and RMT projected a video on to the cliffs of Dover and images on to the headquarters of P&O Ferries, demanding that the company be brought to task for its immoral and illegal actions....
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers, ITF, Nautilus International, ETF
ScotRail renationalised
On the day the ScotRail franchise enters public ownership, rail union RMT has repeated its demands for Caledonian Sleeper to be brought into public ownership as part of an integrated Scottish rail passenger network. These demands come as RMT reveals...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Government
RMT attacks cleaning cost cutting
The railway union condemned the move which puts vital cleaning jobs at risk on Essex Thameside services. This despite all the evidence that clean trains are essential to restoring public confidence post the height of the Covid pandemic. Bidvest Noonan...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice for Cleaners, Cleaners, Cleaning, Railways, Transport Secretary
24 hour strike on TransPennine Express
Conductors will take 24 hours of strike action in row over pay and Sunday working. RMT said the company had refused TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays. The union says there...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike
P&O / DP World protest in Portsmouth tomorrow
Although there is no direct P&O presence in Portsmouth, DP World the parent company are to provide services to the Solent Freeport at Taxpayer expense and Condor Ferries continue exploiting the same disgusting scheme of no minimum wage for overseas...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings, DP World
RMT confirms further protests in Liverpool and Scotland in fight to save P&O jobs
Thursday 31st March Port of Liverpool L21 1LA at 07.30am Friday 8th April at Cairnryan Port at 12 noon. More events will be added to the schedule as the fight goes on. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “P&O clearly feel they...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Protests
RMT responds to Shapps P&O statement
"Despite all the bluster, Grant Shapps has failed to grasp the opportunity to adequately stand up to the banditry behaviour of P&O. “The Prime Minister repeatedly said to parliament that the Government would be taking legal action save British seafarers’...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Shapps
RMT calls for decisive and serious government action ahead of expected Commons' announcement on seafarers
“It is almost two weeks since our members were sacked by P&O’s military style attack and a week since the Prime Minister repeatedly said to Parliament that they would be taking legal action to save these jobs but this has...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Commons
RMT slams P&O CEO's wilful flouting of the law
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The latest letter from Peter Hebblethwaite is a direct challenge to the legal framework and government authority in Britain. "The diabolical arrogance that is on display by P&O Ferries is equivalent to highway banditry...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
RMT calls for urgent talks with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Following the seizure of P&O vessels by inspectors RMT is calling for urgent talks with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency demanding they take a "whole fleet" approach RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “It's rare for the MCA to seize...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Pride of Kent detained
RMT tonight welcomed the MCA detention of another P&O vessel the Pride of Kent in Dover for what the union believes are multiple safety and operational breaches, including the wearing of breathing apparatus, and demanded again that the Government seize...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Pride of Kent, Seafarers, Sackings,
RMT in P&O talks today
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "RMT is meeting with DFDS, Stena and the DfT today to discuss the ongoing crisis from P&O's illegal dismissal of its crews. "P&O need to immediately withdraw the false and arbitrary deadline for staff sign-up...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings,
RMT on seizure of P&O vessel by MCA tonight
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The seizing of the European Causeway by the MCA tonight shows that the gangster capitalist outfit P&O are not fit and proper to run a safe service after the jobs massacre. "This mob should be...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Larne, Safety
RMT calls demonstration at Clyde Marine Recruitment as union targets P&O supply chain
The union will be demonstrating outside the offices of Clyde Marine Recruitment on Monday 28thMarch at 11am. Clyde Marine Recruitment are responsible for recruiting the scab labour to replace some of the union members on P&O’s routes. The demonstration will...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Clyde, Demonstration
RMT to meet P&O Ferries today to demand reinstatement of sacked seafarers
"RMT will be holding talks with P&O today to demand the reinstatement of our sacked seafarers. "We welcome the massive public and political support for our campaign and P&O ferries need to change course and reinstate these loyal key workers”
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
RMT demands that DP World are chucked out of Freeports
The Scottish Government has published its bidding prospectus for publicly funded ‘Green’ Freeports which receive at least £25m in seed funding. P&O Ferries owners DP World are heavily involved in English Freeports, particularly the Thames and Solent. An announcement is...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, DP World
RMT statement after officials met with P&O this afternoon
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “From the outset the full obnoxiousness and hostility of the company towards their staff and the RMT was on display. “P&O were not prepared to listen to any scenario or develop any idea that...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Meeting
Heroic cleaners being left behind again
RMT criticised new measures coming into force today which will mean those isolating with Covid will not get SSP from day one. New government guidelines mean that people taking sick leave will only be entitled to SSP from day four....
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, Atalian Servest, Churchill, SSP, Statutory Sick Pay, Covid-19
RMT launches campaign for a people’s CalMac
Ferry Union RMT has today launched a new campaign for a People’s CalMac, starting with a day of action in Oban at 11am on Friday 25thMarch. RMT is calling for the Scottish Government to invest in creating a publicly owned...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, A People's CalMac, Ferry, Ferries
RMT and Nautilus raise safety alarm
As Unions give evidence to MPs in Parliament this morning, RMT and Nautilus International have written to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to express serious concern that sacking P&O Ferries crew and replacing them with agency staff who have...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers, Nautilus International, RMT
RMT calls for immediate P&O injunction
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "In light of evidence given today by lawyers to MPs, that there have been multiple breaches of the law and the admission of the P&O Chief Executive Peter Hebblethwaite, that the company not only...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers, RMT
RMT responds to Johnson’s PMQ comments on P&O
“Under pressure from Keir Starmer, the Prime Minister said today that P&O Ferries had broken the law by falling to give the government adequate notice of the redundancies – he has in effect called P&O Ferries liars as the company...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, seafarers
P&O bullying
Maritime Union RMT tonight slammed what it described as a "disgusting statement" from P&O Ferries trying to justify one of the most shameful acts by any employer in recent history Sacked seafarers have been basically told that if they don’t...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, Seafarers
Save P&O Jobs
RMT members will be joined by other activists this week in Liverpool for two demonstrations to protest against the sacking of 800 workers by P&O. The protests will be taking place on Weds 23rd March 0700 and Saturday 26th March 0700 at the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers
P&O sacking demonstrations this week
RMT is organising mass demonstrations at ports up and down the country, to show DP World and the government that public anger is growing over the sacking of 800 P&O staff.  Protests will take place in Liverpool, Hull, Larne in Northern...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, seafarers,
P&O ferry crews replaced by seafarers on 2.38 dollars
Commenting on the revelation RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “The news that the seafarers now on ships in British ports are to be paid 2.38 dollars an hour is a shocking exploitation of those Seafarers and another gut-wrenching betrayal of...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings, UK Seafarers
RMT calls on Boris Johnson to meet a delegation of sacked P&O workers
RMT has called on Boris Johnson to meet a delegation of sacked P&O workers as it emerged the government have delayed taking action on legislation that would have protected workers for over two years. The Union has pointed to commitments...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, sacked seafarers,
DP World refuse to meet union delegation
Unions accused P&O of treating their members with complete contempt after their owners, DP World, refused to meet ‎the general secretaries of RMT, Nautilus and the TUC who were attending a protest at their headquarters this lunchtime. RMT General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, DB World, Seafarers, Sackings,
New crew on P&O ships will be paid at rates well below minimum wage
The union have supported their claim by pointing to the example of the two P&O ships on the Liverpool-Dublin route which have been crewed with Filipino Ratings who were on contracts which paid a basic rate of $3.47 per hour. Shipping...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, Protests, Seafarers
P&O Crisis
On the day of demonstrations around the country RMT has called for the implementation of a four-point plan to protect jobs, services and basic employment standards as it's revealed the government knew of the plan to sack workers and disrupt...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, Protests, Seafarers
P&O sackings
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “We are receiving reports that security guards at Dover are seeking to board ships with handcuffs to remove crew so they can be replaced with cheaper labour. "We are seeking urgent legal action and...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings,
RMT warns of more disputes on Transpennine Express
Ahead of further strike action this weekend by conductors on Transpennine Express services, RMT warned today that the interests of passengers are being sacrificed by a government that is hard-wiring profiteering and attacks on staff into its revamped privatisation model...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, First Group, Conductors, Industrial Action
Future of P&O
Responding to reports about the future of P&O and speculation that hundreds of UK seafarers employed by the company could be replaced by foreign labour RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said, “We are deeply disturbed by growing speculation that the...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, UK Seafarers
RMT organises emergency P&O demonstrations
The company, which is funded by the Dubai Royal Family, stunned workers in a pre-recorded Zoom call, when they informed staff that they were being dismissed and would be replaced by cheap agency labour from abroad. When workers rightly refused...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Redundancies, Protest, Seafarers
RMT on additional fine for SouthEastern
RAIL UNION RMT said that the additional fine of £23.5 million meted out to the private London South Eastern Railway operation this morning, after further investigation by DfT revealed that their fiddling of the figures dates back many years, ‎reinforces...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Go Ahead Group, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern
RMT responds to Rail Minister speech
“It is obvious to anyone that uses the railways that rail workers already work seven days a week, around the clock with anti-social hours to keep the country moving. For the rail minister to come along and tell them they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Minister, National Rail Dispute,
RMT on weekend of action
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that a wave of action across rail and tube services this weekend shows that members are prepared to make a stand for pay and workplace justice in the teeth of attacks stemming from the cost...
Region: National
Tagged with: Churchill, Atalian Servest, Night Tube, Tube, London Underground, LUL, Avanti West Coast, strike, Pay Justice, Justice for Cleaners, TransPeninne Express, TPE, Conductors, Cleaners
Railway cleaners take on greedy multinationals
RMT members working on the West Coast mainline and for major train operators will take strike action on Saturday in a fight for pay justice. Outsourced cleaners working for contractors Atalian Servest Limited, and Churchill are paid the bare minimum...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, Pay Justice, Avanti West Coast, Atalian Servest, Churchill Group, HS1, Southeastern, Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern, Cleaners, Strike
West Coast train cleaners striking again
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that heroic train cleaners working to keep Avanti West Coast trains clean and safe for passengers will be taking a further 48 hour strike action from tomorrow evening and into the weekend in pursuit of their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast Trains, Atalian Servest, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT warns of significant threat to railway safety
Britain’s largest rail union has warned of a significant threat to rail safety and services cause by plans to axe thousands of rail jobs. The warning came as tomorrow, 9th March, rail workers will gather at stations in London, Bristol,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Paying More For Less, Rail Safety, Rail Fares, Cuts, Protests, Services
Churchill cleaning staff to take 48-hour strike action
RMT members working for cleaning contractor Churchill across London and the South East, will take 2 days strike action from Saturday March 12 across trains and stations run by major railways companies. This will be the second bout of strike action in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1
RMT members standing firm again on TPE
RAIL UNION RMT said today that conductor members fighting for pay justice on TransPennine Express are standing firm and united again this morning in the latest of a series of strikes.    This week,   ahe ad of today's fourth...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, First Group, Pay Justice
35th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said:  “We pay tribute to the memory of the crew and passengers who died in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and extend our condolences to the community in Dover who were so badly affected...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Herald of Free Enterprise, Ferry, Zeebrugge
Transpennine Express Conductors strike again on Sunday for pay justice
Ahead of a fourth day of strike action on Sunday by Transpennine Express conductors who are battling against attacks on pay and enhancements which are eating away the value of their wages, rail union  RMT has revealed that TPE’s owners...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine, Conductors, Strike
RMT calls on the Scottish Government to listen to passengers
Ahead of a meeting between the trade unions and the Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP today, Thursday 3rd March, Rail Union RMT has written to the Minister to call for a commitment that her Government will halt the proposed...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Ticket Offices, SNP, Cuts,
Tube members standing firm again
TUBE UNION RMT said that members are standing firm with pickets out in force at all key locations in todays strike action in the fight to defend jobs, pensions and working conditions on London Underground. General Secretary Mick Lynch said;...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
Hundreds of key rail cleaners to strike
Rail cleaners will continue their fight for pay justice next week with a 48-hour stoppage next week. RMT members who keep trains and stations clean across London and the Southeast are campaigning for £15 an hour and to be made...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1
Tube strike goes ahead tomorrow
RMT accused Mayor Sadiq Khan of playing to the gallery, instead of pressuring ministers to deliver a long-term funding deal for TfL, ahead of another 24-hour stoppage on the tube network tomorrow which goes ahead as planned. Speaking to the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
RMT responds to Government funding announcement
Commenting on the DfT’s extension of local transport Covid-19 funding until October 2022, General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “With numerous bus operators warning that services face the axe from April, the DfT’s decision to extend funding from April until October is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus Funding, DfT, Department for Transport, Local Authorities
RMT demands Sadiq Khan make good on his promises
10,000 tube workers are taking strike action today, (Tuesday) after London Underground bosses refused to rule out job cuts and detrimental changes to pensions. RMT said that pickets are out in force at all key locations and that the action ‎is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
RMT calls for urgent talks with Mayor
On the eve of strikes that will shut down the Underground, RMT called for talks with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan calling on him not to turn his back on tube workers by siding with a government he knows is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
Rail and Tube strikes to go ahead this weekend
RAIL AND TUBE UNION RMT said today that strike action will go ahead this weekend as planned in disputes on both rail and tube involving members on TPE and London Underground drivers. On TransPennine Express conductor members will be out...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Tube, Night Tube, London Underground, LUL, RMT
RMT renews call for Go-Ahead Group ban
RAIL UNION RMT has today called once more on the Secretary of State for Transport to nationalise the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise as, with one month to go before the DfT has to make its decision on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern
Tube strike goes ahead next week
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed that members will be taking strike action next week as planned over LU’s continuing refusal to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of an on-going financial crisis driven by central...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
99% Opposed to ScotRail ticket office cuts
As the Passenger Watchdog Transport Focus today revealed that just 1% of the 1550 respondents to the ScotRail ticket office consultation were in favour of the proposed cuts, RMT says it will be writing to the First Minster and Transport Minister calling...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Ticket Office, Cuts,
Biggest ever rail cleaners strike
Hundreds of rail cleaners are out in force on picket lines this morning in the biggest ever coordinated wave of strike action in the fight for pay justice. The cleaners, who are all employed by the outsourcing company Churchill and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1,
Rail cleaners to rally outside Parliament tomorrow
The cleaners, who are all employed by the outsourcing company Churchill and have worked throughout the Covid-19 crisis to clean trains and stations on Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar and HS1 services, will walk out for a 24 hour...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1
Rail cleaners to strike this week
Hundreds of heroic rail cleaners employed by Churchill on four contracts in the South East will take strike action on Wednesday 23rd February as part of their fight for pay justice. As the cost of living crisis escalates, the cleaners,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1,
Trans Pennine conductors absolutely solid
RAIL UNION RMT said today that support from conductor members for a second phase of strike action in a fight for pay justice is absolutely rock solid at all locations along the Trans Pennine Express routes today. General Secretary Mick...
Region: North West
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Pay Justice, Strike
RMT says strike action goes ahead this weekend on Rail and Tube
On TransPennine Express conductor members will be out for 24 hours on Sunday in the second phase of a fight for pay justice. Driver members will be striking on the Night Tube again from this evening to protect work/life balance and...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine, Tube, Strike
RMT reaction to two 'Green Freeport' sites for Scotland
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: "Freeports are fatally flawed because they will be operated in private not public interests and it's sad to see the SNP Government fall for this confidence trick by Boris Johnson's ultra-capitalist Tories. "England's Freeports...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Green Freeport, SNP, Tory, Government, Freeport
DP Worlds concerns
MARITIME UNION RMT will be writing to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State this week demanding that the Government immediately suspends DP World’s involvement in the delivery of Freeports until it pays what it owes to the Merchant Navy Ratings...
Region: National
Tagged with: DP World, Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, MNRPF, Pension
RMT members standing firm on TPE
RAIL UNION RMT has reported that conductor members fighting for pay justice on Trans Pennine Express are standing firm and united this morning in the first of a series of strikes. General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "Reports from the ground...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice,
TransPennine Express Conductors to begin strike action this Sunday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that Conductors employed by TransPennine Express will be taking the first in a series of weekly strike actions this Sunday 13th February over pay discrimination. After working right through the Covid pandemic and having a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice,
Union to meet new Transport Minister
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement in the Parliament yesterday that it is holding a ‘National Conversation’ about a ‘New Beginning’ for ScotRail, which enters public ownership on 1 April 2022, RMT warns that this ‘New Beginning’ must not mean cuts to ticket...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Ticket Office, Scottish Government, SNP, Rail,
One third of Bus services in England could be cut in weeks
Following a warning from bus operators that nearly a third of services in England could be cut in weeks if emergency Government funding runs out, bus Union RMT has called on the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Services, Grant Shapps, National Bus Strategy
Rail cleaners call strike action
Hundreds of heroic rail cleaners employed by Churchill on four contracts in the South East will take strike action on Wednesday 23rd February as part of their fight for pay justice. As the cost of living crisis escalates, the cleaners,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Churchill Group, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Strike, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, HS1
RMT on BP profits announcement
“Coming hot on the heels of the Shell announcement these obscene BP profits and shareholder dividends are indefensible while our key workers face crippling energy bills and the economy fails. These figures only serve to illustrate why public ownership and...
Region: National
Tagged with: BP, Shell, Profit, Just Transition, Offshore Energy,
London Transport union RMT announces strike action
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed that members will be taking strike action next month over LU’s continuing refusal to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of an on-going financial crisis driven by central Government The...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Transport, Strike
Hundreds of rail cleaner heroes in historic vote for action
Hundreds of rail cleaners who have kept trains running throughout the pandemic have voted for industrial action across four separate contracts in the South East in a historic ballot. The cleaners are employed by private contractor Churchill and work to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Churchill, Cleaners, Strike, Pay, Pay Justice, Justice For Cleaners
Union's call on Nicola Sturgeon to scrap ScotRail cuts
On the day that the public consultation over proposals to reduce ticket office opening hours across the ScotRail network closes, a coalition of organisations representing ScotRail workers and passengers, disabled people, environmentalists, women, and pensioners in Scotland have written to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Offices, Cuts, Services, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, SNP
RMT slams Government hypocrisy over levelling up
“With this government when it comes to transport it’s not levelling up, it's cutting up our network and driving down access to decent services. “With cuts to rail and metro projects and timetables and staff, and the scaling back of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Levelling Up, Bus, Rail, Transport, Tory Government
RMT calls for meeting with the First Minister
CALMAC Union RMT today called for a meeting with Ministers in response to weekend press reports that the Scottish Government is planning to privatise the contract for lifeline ferry services in the west of Scotland. RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian MacBrayne, CalMac, Ferry, Scotland, SNP, Project Neptune,
Transport and energy workers to protest tomorrow
Marking the three-month anniversary of the beginning of the COP26 Climate Conference  transport and energy workers are to march to the office of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tomorrow to protest at the betrayal by the SNP / Green Government of...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: COP26, Climate Conference, SNP, Green, Rail, Ferry, Energy
Ben Nevis collision highlights hidden safety threat
Commenting on the news that the Ben Nevis offshore supply vessel had collided with a Valaris drilling installation, Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “The previous owner of the Maltese-flagged Ben Nevis was caught out by maritime regulators in Aberdeen...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Ben Nevis, Offshore Supply Vessel, Valaris, Drilling Installation
Pacific Nuclear Transport Fleet workers pay freeze
SEAFARERS’ UNION RMT today called on the Government to reverse a pay freeze imposed on seafarers working on the Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL) fleet. PNTL seafarers have been hit with the 0% public sector pay freeze for 2021-22, despite the importance...
Region: National
Tagged with: Pacific Nuclear Transport Fleet, PNTL, Pay, Seafarers
Soaring inflation biting into low paid workers’ wages
Workers on the National Minimum Wage and the Real Living Wage are more than £1,000 worse off now than 12 months ago as a result of soaring inflation, according to new research published by the RMT today. As RPI inflation reached...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Minimum Wage, Real Living Wage, Inflation, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Justice For Cleaners, Rail Union, Churchill, Atalian Servest
RMT warns of climate cost of latest Scottish rail fare hike
Union also warns that rail service and ticket office cuts mean passengers will be paying “more for less” As rail passengers in Scotland face a fares hike of 3.8%, analysis by rail union RMT reveals that since the start of 2012, regulated...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Scottish Government, SNP, Rail Fares, Cuts, Ticket Offices, Services
Heroic West Coast train cleaners strike for pay justice
Heroic train cleaners working to keep Avanti West Coast trains clean and safe for passengers will begin strike action tomorrow in pursuit of fair pay. The cleaners, who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep essential transport services running, are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Atalian Servest Limited, Avanti West Coast, Cleaners, Strike, Pay Justice
Rail cleaner Covid heroes ballot begins
RAIL UNION RMT will begin balloting cleaners today employed by outsourcing company Churchill on four separate contracts in the South East for strike action in pursuit of fair pay. The historic strike ballot is the latest phase of a long-running...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1, Justice for Cleaners, Sick Pay, Pay Rise, Outsourcing
RMT on COVID-linked rail reductions
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “No one should underestimate the impact that COVID is having on transport staff and there is a logic to adjusting services accordingly. However, any attempt to use this crisis to cynically bulldoze through permanent cuts...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail, Transport Staff, Jobs, Cuts
RMT responds to air pollution crisis in London
“Car use returning to pre pandemic levels and pollution threatening people’s health confirms that decent greener public transport is essential for public safety. “And it means now more than ever that the government needs to withdraw proposals to inflict cuts...
Region: National
Tagged with: London, Pollution
Cleaners serve notice of strike ballot
RAIL UNION RMT has served notice to an outsourcing company that on the 18th January it will be balloting cleaners on four of its contracts in the South-East for industrial action as part of a dispute over pay and justice...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1, Justice for Cleaners, Sick Pay, Pay Rise, Outsourcing
RMT pledges to fight ScotRail ticket office plans
RMT pledges to fight plans to cut ticket office hours at 120 ScotRail stations and warns that cuts will create a “muggers paradise” across the network RAIL UNION RMT today condemned an announcement by Abellio ScotRail that it is proposing to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Ticket Office, Cuts
RMT slams Department for Transport
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today described the Department for Transport’s plans to further extend HGV drivers’ hours as “reckless” and “dangerous” as the Government attempts to respond to the impacts of the Omicron wave on the road haulage sector. This extension...
Region: National
Tagged with: HGV Drivers, Hours, DfT, Department for Transport, Road Freight
RMT Members vote yes for Tube strike
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed that members voted yes for strike action and action short of a strike in a ballot of over ten thousand members across all grades of LU staff that closed today. 94% of members voted to strike....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions,
New wave of Tube strike action
TUBE UNION RMT today confirmed a new wave of strike action by tube drivers over the outrageous imposition of rosters‎ by London Underground bosses. Following an overwhelming vote for action by drivers on the Metropolitan Line based at the Neasden...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Metropolitan Line, Strike, Drivers
RMT on COVID and industrial disruption to rail services
"Travel disruption over the break could have been avoided if the rail companies we are involved in disputes with valued their staff and took their genuine grievances seriously. Any impact on services is down to private greed overriding the workforce...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Industrial Action, Travel Disruption,
LNER ticket office cuts demo at Kings Cross
Rail Union RMT is continuing its campaign against proposed cuts to LNER ticket office hours next week, with a demonstration outside London King’s Cross station on Tuesday 21stDecember, from 0800 – 0930am. This demo follows successful action at affected stations across...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: LNER, Ticket Office, Cuts, Stop The Cuts, Staff Our Stations
RMT calls for Eurostar support
RAIL UNION RMT today called on the Government to step in with financial and practical support to prevent the risk of Eurostar collapsing after nearly two years of financial battering from the COVID pandemic as France confirmed today that it...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Financial Support
RMT welcomes inquiry into the integrated rail plan
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “For all its rhetoric on rail the fact is that the government, driven by the treasury, is now preparing for widespread cuts. “That means axing services and staff in the short term and shelving...
Region: National
Tagged with: Integrated Rail Plan, Transport Select Committee, Cuts, Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Defend Rail
Stop Grinch Shapps stealing South Western Railway services‎ - protest Wednesday
The protest marks twelve months until the new timetable will be implemented in December 2022 in which SWR and Network Rail are proposing to make wholesale cuts to services across the SWR Network using the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover to...
Region: National
Tagged with: SWR, Protest
Govia must be stripped of all franchises
RMT, Britain’s specialist transport union, today demanded that Govia be stripped of its remaining rail franchise and called on the Department for Transport to launch a wider review of possible fraud in the privatised rail network. The union’s call followed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Go-Ahead, Franchise, Review, DfT, Department for Transport
RMT pays tribute to transport workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT payed tribute this morning to workers battling in appalling conditions to keep Britain moving during Storm Barra overnight and has called on the Government and employers to halt plans for mass cuts‎ that threaten the livelihoods of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Storm Barra, Rail, Ports, Ferries, Transport,
RMT on award of Chiltern Railways contract to Arriva
"As rail workers face pay cuts and passengers face fare rises its business as usual for the privatised rail industry who are being handed out multi - year rail contracts with guaranteed profits. "This is also yet another rail contract dished...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Chiltern Railways, Arriva, German State, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation, Rail Union, RMT
Serco Caledonian Sleeper bullying culture
As the Scottish Government was challenged in parliament today over crisis on the Caledonian Sleeper with a call for ministers to take action over bullying and harassment of staff at the Company, a new survey of RMT Caledonian Sleeper members...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Strike,
Caledonian Sleeper workers to protest at Serco
RAIL UNION RMT is taking its fight for pay justice for Caledonian Sleeper workers directly to the franchise operator Serco’s London office today. Like other transport workers, Caledonian Sleeper workers have been on the frontline throughout the pandemic, yet they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Pay Justice
Save London's Transport demonstration on Wednesday
Transport Union RMT will be protesting outside Parliament on Wednesday alongside other trade unions in a ‘Save London’s Transport’ demonstration opposing attack on pensions, the imposition of pay freezes and threats to services and jobs, imposed as part of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Save London's Transport, Demonstration, ITF, Transport for London, TfL
RMT on face masks on public transport
"We support the wearing of masks but there are major issues about enforcement and its our members left in the front line with angry passengers who refuse to comply.    "The Government must make the resources available to properly police...
Region: National
Tagged with: Face Masks, Public Transport, Covid-19,
Rail Gourmet staff announce new strike action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action next month, starting on New Year’s Eve, in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Gate Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Catering, Caterers, Workplace Justice
Cleaners continue fight for pay justice
Low paid rail cleaners who work for Churchill Group will protest outside the offices of their employers and the train operating companies that contract them will protest tomorrow, Friday 26th November, as part of their fight for pay justice. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Southeastern Trains, Govia, Pay Justice
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new survey of women public transport workers by their union RMT reveals a growing epidemic of sexual harassment against passengers and workers on public transport. Sexual harassment is a...
Region: National
Tagged with: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Sexual Harassment, Public Transport
Justice for North Sea contract workers
OFFSHORE UNION RMT along with our Trade Union colleagues Unite and GMB have today issued notice of strike action with offshore members employed with North Sea contractors Ponticelli and Semco. RMT members at Semco Maritime and Ponticelli UK Ltd are...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Ponticelli, Semco, North Sea, Offshore, Energy,
Save London's Transport demonstration
Transport Union RMT will be protesting outside Parliament alongside other trade unions in a ‘ Save London’s Transport ’ demonstration opposing attacks on pensions, the imposition of pay freezes and threats to services and jobs, imposed as part of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Save London's Transport, TfL, Transport for London
Government confirms the great Northern rail betrayal
RAIL UNION RMT today described the Government’s long-delayed ‘Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands’ as a “historic betrayal of the people of the North”. The 162-page document confirms that the Eastern leg of the HS2 Project will be...
Region: National
Tagged with: HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Grant Shapps, Tory Government
RMT on TfL cuts carnage
LONON TRANSPORT UNION RMT today called on the Mayor Sadiq Khan to stand up and fight for the Capital's transport services as the full scale of the cuts being demanded by the Government begins to emerge. The union has also...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Mayor of London, Cuts, Jobs, Pensions
RMT calls to scrap TfL cash for cuts scheme
TUBE UNION RMT has written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling on him to scrap Transport for London’s £12 million executive bonus scheme which will see senior staff rewarded for their success in delivering the government’s attack on heroic keyworkers’...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Pensions, Pay, Jobs
RMT exposes former Shipping Minister’s lucrative second job
RATINGS UNION RMT today entered the furore over MPs second jobs by highlighting the case of former Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP who was paid £60,000 per year for 84 hours work (£714 per hour) for ship design company Artemis Technologies...
Region: National
Tagged with: Nusrat Ghani, Tory Government, Shipping Minister, MP, Seafarers, Ratings
Great Northern Rail Betrayal
RAIL UNION RMT today described the Government’s anticipated U-turn on their promises to build the vital Eastern leg of the HS2 project and the cancelling of Northern Powerhouse Rail as an “great northern rail betrayal ” and one that tears...
Region: National
Tagged with: HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, U-turn, Tory Government,
Caledonian Sleeper staff strike again
RAIL UNION RMT ‎ said that pickets have been out in force at all key locations along the Caledonian Sleeper routes overnight as the workforce strikes again in their fight for pay and workplace justice. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, COP26, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT calls for Caledonian Sleeper intervention
RAIL UNION RMT has called on Scotland's political leadership to take responsibility and intervene as strike action on Caledonian Sleeper during the closing days of COP26 goes ahead tomorrow in an on-going fight for pay and workplace justice for Scotland's...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT confirms Caledonian Sleeper strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action on Caledonian Sleeper during COP26 goes ahead on Thursday in an on-going fight for pay and workplace justice for Scotland's rail workers – staff at the sharp end of providing green transport alternatives....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, COP26, Pay Justice
RMT responds to UK Government's Just Transition Declaration at COP26
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Workers in oil and gas, transport and the supply chain need confidence in the COP process. A refreshed Just Transition declaration from the UK Presidency of COP26 is welcome, effectively mandating practical measures such...
Region: National
Tagged with: Just Transition Plan, COP26, Just Transition Declaration, Offshore, Oil, Gas, Wind, Offshore Energy Passport
Rail industry confidence returns
RAIL UNION RMT demanded an end to cuts as new polling by the Railway Industry Association released today has revealed that confidence in the rail industry has returned to pre-2019 levels, in a positive sign of growing optimism about the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway Industry Association, Cuts Agenda, COP26, Rail
Southeastern investigation fatally compromised
RMT, the UK’s leading specialist transport union, has slammed the Department for Transport’s ‘independent’ review into financial ‘bad faith’ on Southeastern railways, describing it as a ‘fatally compromised farce’ in which the public could have no confidence. The union has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Go-Ahead, Govia, DfT, Department for Transport,
RMT to hold cut protest outside DfT
TRANSPORT UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration tomorrow demanding that the government cut carbon emissions, not public transport jobs. The protest will take place on Thursday 4th November 2021 at 10am at the Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: DfT, Department for Transport, COP26, Protest, Cut Carbon Emissions Not Public Transport Jobs
RMT condemns BP profiteering
TRANSPORT and Maritime Union RMT today called on the UK Government to deliver guarantees for UK workers following BP's announcement of £2.5bn second quarter profits for 2021 and a dividend scheme that locks in a 4% increase from oil and gas operations,...
Region: National
Tagged with: BP, North Sea, Oil, Gas, COP26
Pandemic profiteering creams off 7p in every pound
RAIL UNION RMT today revealed that for the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government gave the private train operators over £150m in fees for profits which the Union estimates to be equivalent to nearly 7p of every pound...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Emergency Measures Agreement, TOC's, Train Operators, Tory Government,
After ScotRail deal RMT calls for Caledonian Sleeper parity
RAIL UNION RMT today called for pay parity and justice for SERCO Caledonian Sleeper staff after a deal was secured last night for Scotrail members - proving that a similar offer for the Sleeper is entirely reasonable and affordable. Sleeper staff...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, COP26, Pay Justice, Strike, Rail Union, RMT
RMT demands that SNP lift roadblock
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the SNP lift the roadblock that they have imposed on fresh talks over the Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper disputes with the union stating again that they are ready to reopen negotiations immediately. The politicians...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail RMT pay deal
Following further discussion between ScotRail and RMT, the following agreement was reached: A one year pay deal comprising of a 2.5 per cent pay increase backdated to 01 April 2021. A payment of £300 to all staff ensuring COP26 is fully supported (separate...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail strike action during COP26 goes ahead
Delegates at RMT's AGM in Leeds have voted to reject a “revised pay offer" ‎from Scotrail and to go ahead with strike action alongside Caledonian Sleeper members throughout COP26 in a fight for pay justice for Scotland's rail workers. Representatives...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are continuing their fight for pay justice and equality today and announced further action in a long-running battle which has now been going on for eight months making it Britain's longest running industrial...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail COP26 strike action goes ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "There was a golden opportunity for Scotrail to make serious progress in talks today but instead they offered nothing of any consequence and as a result our action throughout COP26 goes ahead as planned....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice, COP26, SNP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
RMT calls for Nicola Sturgeon ScotRail intervention
Rail Union RMT has today written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP to call on her to urgently intervene in RMT ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper members’ ongoing fights for pay justice and fairness. With the prospect of industrial action...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice, COP26, SNP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
RMT calls on London Mayor
Responding to the The London Mayors appointment as chair of C40 the network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “Harmful emissions from car congested cities are accelerating climate change and pollution,...
Region: National
Tagged with: C40 Cities, Climate Change, Green Jobs, Bus, Rail, COP26
As Southeastern passes into public ownership today, RMT reveals true cost of private sector failure
On the day on which the Southeastern franchise passes into public ownership, following the latest catastrophic private sector failure, RMT has revealed the true cost of the government’s slavish devotion to subsidising private profit. In a new report titled ‘The...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southeastern, Public Ownership
RMT strike on Stagecoach South West goes ahead
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action on Stagecoach buses in the South West goes ahead on Monday as part of the fight for pay justice for bus workers. The union has reacted angrily by attempts by Stagecoach managers...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Stagecoach South West, Bus, Pay Justice,
As Southeastern fails RMT calls for end to privatisation
Ahead of the weekend on which the Southeastern franchise passes into public ownership, following the latest catastrophic private sector failure, RMT has revealed the true cost of the government’s slavish devotion to subsidising private profit. In a new report titled...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Go-Ahead, Govia, Rail Privatisation
RMT on rail track electrification progress
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a scathing assessment of the Government’s record on delivering a low carbon railway as statistics released today show the UK lagging far behind our European neighbours. The UK now has just 37.9% of route kilometres electrified,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Electrification, Network Rail, COP26, Tory Government
Taxpayers’ money to fund thousands of rail redundancies
RAIL UNION RMT has today demanded that the Government intervene and withdraw a massive job cuts scheme proposed by the rail industry as it is revealed taxpayer will be funding the redundancy payments. The union has also said in a...
Region: National
Tagged with: RIRG, Voluntary Severance, Transport Focus, Redundancies, Tory Government
Massive yes vote in ScotRail pay dispute
SCOTLAND'S MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that members have voted overwhelmingly to strike in an industrial action ballot on Scotrail sparked by the on-going pay dispute. The ballot ‎recorded a yes vote for strike action of 84%. The union said...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice,
RMT confirms strike action on ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper
Rail union RMT today confirmed strike action on both Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper during COP26 in fights for pay justice for Scotland's rail workers - staff at the sharp end of providing green transport alternatives. Scotrail staff will take the following...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Abellio, SNP, Pay Justice,
Bus workers strike goes ahead in the South West
BUS UNION RMT said today that a strike on Stagecoach Southwest will go ahead on Monday after rejecting a company pay offer loaded with savage cuts to conditions and benefits that would drive even more key staff out of the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Stagecoach South West, Bus Drivers, Pay Justice
RMT responds to rail industry job cuts plans announced today
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This proposed job loss scheme across the rail industry has not been agreed with the RMT and we would call for it to be withdrawn ‎before serious damage is done to industrial relations at...
Region: National
Tagged with: RIRG, Rail Industry Recovery Group, Job Loss, Voluntary Severance Scheme
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are continuing their fight for pay justice and equality today and announced further action in a long-running battle which has now been going on for well over seven months General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
Railway rolling stock fat cats paid out £1 billion
Rolling stock fatcats paid out nearly £1 billion in dividends at taxpayers’ expense last year, the RMT revealed today in a new report, the equivalent of half the £2 billion in fares paid by passengers and or 23% of the £8.3...
Region: National
Tagged with: ROSCO, Angel, Eversholt, Porterbrook, Rolling Stock, Covid-19
RMT calls on the First Minister to intervene in ScotRail dispute
On the eve of crucial ScotRail pay talks tomorrow, designed to prevent a long-standing pay dispute disrupting COP26 in Glasgow, rail union RMT has called on the First Minister to intervene to shelve ticket office closure plans and pay rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT on UK rail hub location
RAIL UNION RMT said today that ‎the location of strategic rail hubs shouldn't be subjected to some sort of lottery after Grant Shapps tweeted that the base for Great British Railways will be decided in a competition. The union has...
Region: National
Tagged with: UK Rail Hub, Grant Shapps, Great British Railways
RMT confirms strikes on Stagecoach buses
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that it is serving notice for strike action on Stagecoach buses in the South West, East Midlands and Derbyshire/Yorkshire as part of the national fight for pay justice for bus workers. The union has reacted...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stagecoach South West, Stagecoach East Midlands, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Bus Drivers, Pay, Strike
RMT calls for Govia to be stripped of GTR franchise
RAIL UNION RMT has called on the government to strip Govia of its Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise and nationalise it after the union published research today raising further questions about the senior management of the company. Govia’s subsidiary,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Southern, Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink, DfT, Go-Ahead,
RMT announces strike ballot on Scotrail over pay dispute
The union said that the schedule for the ballot would enable action to take place during COP26 if, as expected, members vote yes. Over two thousand RMT members across all grades are involved. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Today's...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice,
RMT calls for new ScotRail timetable plans to be scrapped
RAIL UNION RMT is today calling for proposals to reduce ScotRail services by around 300 a day, or around 100,000 a year, to be scrapped, as a survey of RMT ScotRail members revealed that an overwhelming majority of these frontline rail workers...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Cuts, SNP, COP26
RMT warns of action over driverless trains
TUBE UNION RMT warned today of a campaign of action as it emerged that the Government has placed adverts for a consultancy contract to explore the introduction of driverless trains on London Underground. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The news...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, TfL, Transport for London, Tube, Driverless Trains
RMT demands full rail nationalisation
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded that the Government make urgent moves to bring the entire rail network into public ownership after it was announced this morning that the vital SouthEastern commuter service has effectively collapsed and is being ta‎ken over...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: SouthEastern, Operator of Last Resort, Nationalisation, OLR, Govia, Thameslink
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are continuing their fight for pay justice and equality today after ticket examiners joined with conductors again this week to vote overwhelmingly to continue a battle which has now been going on for...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail Ticket Examiners to take further action
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Ticket Examiners who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality will be adding further strikes after a massive 90% vote to continue their action in a reballot. Following yesterday's...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail Ticket Examiners vote by 90% to continue pay action
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Ticket Examiners who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality have voted by a massive 90% to continue their action in a reballot. Under the recent additions to the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT slams “out of touch” Shapps
RAIL UNION RMT today accused the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP of gross insensitivity and insulting thousands of rail workers who are facing a cost-of-living crisis and job insecurity as the Conservative Government continues with their policy of a sector...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Rail Cuts
Six months to save Scotland's Railways
RAIL UNIONS and their supporters will be holding a "Six months to save Scotland's railways" protest this lunchtime. RMT, jointly with Aslef, TSSA and Unite is holding the demonstration, outside the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House, Edinburgh, commencing at...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Cuts
Scotland falls at first hurdle over ScotRail cuts
As the SNP Scottish Government prepares to debate its plans for a ‘Net Zero Nation’ rail union RMT says that its recently announced power sharing agreement with the Scottish Greens will have fallen at the first hurdle if it allows...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Service Cuts
RMT Scotrail members staying strong again
RMT Scotrail members staying strong again today in Britain's longest running dispute as unions prepare to take fight to Bute House this week. RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are staying strong again today in Britain's longest running dispute...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT Swietelsky ballot opens today
RAIL UNION RMT‎ is launching an industrial action ballot at Network Rail track renewal subcontractor Swietelsky following a derisory pay and conditions offer that amounts to a de facto pay cut for a key group of essential rail staff. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: Swietelsky, Network Rail, Pay Justice
RMT Edinburgh Rail Gourmet members solid
RAIL UNION RMT said that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley are soildly supporting a new phase of strike action today in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company escalate their abuse and bullying...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Catering, Workplace Justice
RMT calls for action from Transport For Wales
RAIL UNION RMT has called for urgent action over a lack of toilets on the new Stadler City Link Trains due to be introduced on TFW Core Valley Lines next year. The union has raised serious concerns about the impact...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stadler Flirt, Transport for Wales, Toilets, Core Valley Lines
RMT members vote for action on Stagecoach Buses
BUS UNION RMT today announced that members in three more Stagecoach areas have voted by around nine to one for action as part of a national campaign to secure professional pay rates for professional staff, joining RMT members in Mansfield...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stagecoach, Buses, South West, Derbyshire, Pay Justice
RMT supports MP’s call to protect public-facing staff
Nearly 60% of rail, bus and ferry workers have been subjected to verbal or physical attack since the start of the Coronavirus according to the results of a new survey released today by maritime and transport union RMT.    The survey...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Workplace Violence, Olivia Blake
Merseyrail cleaners demonstration
RAIL UNION RMT announced today that Merseyrail cleaners will be demonstrating this Saturday 18th September at Liverpool Central Station from 10.30 to 12.30. The demonstration is calling for cleaning to be taken out of the hands of contractors and brought in-house. Outsourced...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Outsourcing, Demonstration
RMT in talks over Scotrail pay dispute tomorrow
Scotland's main rail union RMT has confirmed that it will be attending pay talks with Scotrail tomorrow as the campaign continues and with the union warning again that it will have no hesitation in taking action during COP26 to secure...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT warns of sustained national industrial action
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch today warned of sustained industrial action across regional and national transport network as news of a half billion pay out to shareholders of rail and bus giant FirstGroup emerges. FirstGroup is the parent company of...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, SWR, South Western Railway, Covid-19, Industrial Action
RMT demands meeting with MSPs
RMT has today written to the 5 SNP Glasgow MSPs who waded into the Scotrail dispute, slamming their letter as ‘inaccurate’, ‘inflammatory’ and ‘insulting’, and calls on them to meet the union and help resolve the dispute. The union has also...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, SNP, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Strike, COP26
COVID conspiracy posters on rail and Tube
RAIL,TUBE AND BUS UNION RMT today called for the strongest possible action against anti-vaxers and COVID conspiracy theorists found lacing their posters with razor blades ‎in order to injure anyone trying to remove them. The anti-vaxers are known to be...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, Tube, Bus, Covid-19, Anti-vax, Posters, TfL, Transport for London
ScotRail staff rock solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members who have been engaged for over six months fight for pay justice and equality are standing rock solid again today in a week when the company chose to up their attacks on staff...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT hits back at bare-faced cheek of SNP
RAIL UNION RMT today hit back at the bare-faced cheek of the political elite in Scotland after the SNP issued a statement demanding that the union call off disputes that the SNP themselves have not lifted a finger to resolve...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice, Rail Union
As East Midlands train managers prepare to strike again this weekend the union raises yet more serious safety concerns over strike-breaking operation
The union has received reports that on 15th and 29th August, at Bingham and Bedford respectively, trains were dispatched against red signals. Serious incidents were only prevented by the actions of the train drivers in stopping the dispatch procedure.‎ The...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Midlands, Safety, Dispute
Delegation of cleaners delivers pay justice petitions to Govia Thameslink Railways
‎GTR outsources its cleaning to Atalian Servest on the Southeastern franchise and to Churchill on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. As RMT research showed recently, outsourced cleaning is associated with low pay, poor conditions and job cuts, as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, Cleaners, Petition
Scotrail workers standing firm again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality are standing firm again today in a week when conductors voted by a massive 80% to continue their action in...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
New ScotRail conductor strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Conductors who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality will be taking further industrial action after they voted by a massive 80% to continue their campaign in a reballot....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice
ScotRail Conductors vote by over 80% to continue action
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Conductors who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality have voted by a massive 80% to continue their action in a reballot. Under the recent additions to the anti...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice
Rail Gourmet strike solid again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley are soildly supporting a new phase of strike action this weekend in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company escalate their abuse and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Caterers, Workplace Justice
East Midlands Railway dispute remains strong
RMT members rock solid in East Midlands Railways disputes as company admit strike breakers have only one days training and aren't "safety competent"    RAIL UNION‎ RMT said that it's senior conductor and train manager members remain rock solid in separate...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Conductors, Train Managers, Safety, Pay Justice,
RMT Scotrail strikes holding firm again today as savage cuts to services are lined up
General Secretary Mick Lynch said;   "Whilst RMT members are holding firm again today in their long-running fight for pay justice and equality the company and their political masters are lining up a fresh wave of cuts that would decimate...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
Rail Gourmet staff to take further action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action from this weekend in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Strike, Caterers, Workplace Justice
RMT calls for halt to planned cuts
RAIL UNION RMT has called for a reversal of planned cuts across Network Rail, TFL and the train operating companies after the rail minister said today that the Government are expecting passenger numbers to return to pre-COVID levels as the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Job Cuts, Network Rail, Transport for London, TfL, TOC's, Tory Government,
RMT Scotrail members fighting on for justice
RMT Scotrail members are standing solid and united again today in their fight for workplace justice and equality as the company seek to punish their workforce for having the guts to stand up and be counted with a pay freeze....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice,
Merseyrail Mitie cleaners strike again
RMT Mitie station and accommodation cleaners on the Merseyrail Contract will be striking and demonstrating again tomorrow - Friday 13th August - in their ongoing campaign in support of pay and workplace justice. ‎ The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, Cleaners, Strike, Protest, Pay Justice
RMT to fight rail industry job cuts
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to fight a wholesale jobs cull across the industry that kicks off for some Network Rail managerial grades today with others set to follow. RMT's executive has committed to a campaign...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Job Cuts, Rail Industry, Voluntary Severance Scheme, Covid-19, Train Operating Companies
RMT responds to stark and damning IPCC climate report
TRANSPORT Union RMT today responded to a stark and damning report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calling on the Government to wake up to the reality we are now living in and to take urgent and stringent...
Region: National
Tagged with: COP26, IPCC, Climate Report
Scotrail members in Britain's longest running dispute
RMT Scotrail members are standing firm and battling on again today for pay justice and equality in what their union believes is now Britain's longest running industrial disputes. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "For six months now our members...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT to fight jobs cull across the rail industry
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to fight a wholesale jobs cull across the industry that is expected to kick off next week. RMT's executive has committed to a campaign of opposition to proposals that it says...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, Voluntary Severance Scheme, Rail Workers
RMT announces new dates in East Midlands Railway dispute
RAIL UNION RMT has announced new East Midlands Railway strike dates as action continues on Sunday in the senior conductors’ dispute. Senior conductors have voted by a huge 74% in favour of taking further strike action in the long-running dispute over...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Senior Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT to ballot TfW cleaners
RAIL UNION RMT has announced it will balloting Transport for Wales cleaners for action from next week over the company reneging on their commitments to bring harmonisation of workplace terms and conditions to all cleaners within the company. The ballot...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Cleaners, TfW, Terms and Conditions, Welsh Labour,
Strike action goes ahead on Hull Trains on Sunday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action on Hull Trains goes ahead on Sunday 8th August in a fight to defend decent pension rights and to force the company to honour their long-standing obligations to staff. Despite talks at...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Hull Trains, Pensions, Strike
RMT slams government hypocrisy over rail Covid Heroes
RAIL UNION RMT has slammed the rank hypocrisy of Boris Johnson and his government after they lauded Avanti West Coast staff as Covid Heroes at a Downing Street reception yesterday whilst at the same time driving a pay-freeze for those...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Workers, Covid-19, Pay Freeze
RMT Edinburgh Rail Gourmet staff to strike
RAIL UNION RMT has announced new strike dates for Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley after previous actions saw rock solid support in the fight for respect and justice in the workplace. Rail Gourmet members at Edinburgh Waverley have been...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Workplace Justice, Caterers,
RMT launches campaign to defend TfL pension scheme
Transport for London union RMT announced today that it is launching a campaign to defend the TfL pension scheme in the wake of revelations of how the company intend to process and conduct their pension fund review. Instead of a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground Limited, Pension, Review,
ScotRail strike solid once more
As RMT ScotRail members stand firm in their long running dispute for pay justice again today their union has exposed the bleak future of Scotland’s railway according to a new report circulated by Abellio ScotRail.   RMT can reveal that...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
East Midlands Railway Conductors strike solid once more
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Senior Conductor members on East Midlands Railway are standing rock solid again this morning in what is their twelth consecutive weekend of action in a fight for workplace justice over pay, conditions and contract...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Conductors, Pay Justice, Strike,
Pandemic profiteering has to stop
RAIL UNION RMT has called on the government to stop FirstGroup paying out a planned £500 million to shareholders this year, a sum it increased recently in part as a consequence of its franchise termination agreement with the government for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Pandemic Profiteering, National Rail Contracts, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
Industrial action restarts on Hull Trains
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today industrial action on Hull Trains will start again from Monday, with a wave of strike action kicking off on Sunday 8th August, in a fight to defend decent pension rights and to force the company...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Hull Trains, Pension Justice, ACAS, Strike
£9.3m in fees handed to Scottish private rail operators
RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the Scottish Government’s continued refusal to fund a pay award for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper workers, as the union published research which found that the fees, totalling over £9.3m, paid to operators Abellio and Serco...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Government, SNP
ScotRail Gateline Staff to take industrial action
RAIL UNION RMT announced today that ScotRail Gateline Staff are to take industrial action over pay justice for rest day working. They join with other Abellio ScotRail workers, including Conductors, Ticket Examiners and Cleaners, who are involved in separate long-running...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Gateline Staff, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
RMT statement on Seafarer Workforce Report
SEAFARER Union RMT today responded to the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO’s Seafarer Workforce Report 2021. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a long overdue report, which again underlines the need to re-build our seafarer workforce. We welcome...
Region: National
Tagged with: International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, Seafarer Workplace Report 2021, Seafarers
RMT statement on accessibility measures
Commenting on the announcement of new public transport accessibility measures as part of the Government’s new National Disability Strategy, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “It is absolutely vital that the UK’s public transport networks are fully accessible for disabled...
Region: National
Tagged with: Public Transport Accessibility, Disabled Passengers, National Disability Strategy,
Scotrail members fight on for pay justice
RMT Scotrail members are standing strong and fighting on again today for pay justice and equality in one of Britain's longest running industrial disputes. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "For nearly four months now our members have stood strong...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT demands clarification on isolation scheme
TRANSPORT UNION RMT‎ has demanded urgent clarification and discussions on the reported expansion of isolation exemptions for some transport workers, warning that the failure to brief unions on the plans risks sewing more confusion and doing more damage. General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: Isolation Exemption Scheme, Covid-19, Transport Workers, Self Isolation,
RMT responds to Government review
RAIL UNION RMT has responded to an announcement by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP to review the National Policy Statement for National Networks. The review would include all long-term plans for major rail and road schemes but the union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, National Policy Statement for National Networks, COP26
Merseyrail cleaners strike and protest tomorrow in fight for pay justice
The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters, will be outside Mitie and Merseyrail’s Liverpool Headquarters at Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF at 8am on Friday 23rd July. The cleaners voted by a massive majority for action...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT on staff isolation exemptions
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT will give consideration to proposals from companies on critical workers exemptions but nobody should be under any illusions about how fraught with difficulty and potential danger any system will be to operate in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Self-Isolate, Exemption Scheme, NHS App, Test and Trace
RMT demands urgent investigation into Troon Station fire
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded an urgent investigation from the rail health and safety regulator into the risks posed by unstaffed stations following revelations that Troon station was completely unstaffed at the time of a devastating fire at the weekend....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Troon Station, Fire, Unstaffed, Chief Inspector of Railways, Ian Prosser,
Merseyrail cleaners strike for pay justice
RMT Mitie station and accommodation cleaners on the Merseyrail Contract are taking strike action and demonstrating in support of pay justice this Friday - 23rd July. ‎ The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters, will be outside Mitie and Merseyrail’s...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT on Seafarer fatality on Seatruck Ferries
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the seafarer who lost his life at work yesterday on the Clipper Pennant. “Three seafarers have now been killed on Seatruck operated vessels in...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Seatruck Ferries, Clipper Pennant, Seafarer, Rating, Liverpool
Transport for Wales rail services become dangerously overcrowded
RMT has written to the Welsh Government Minister responsible for Transport for Wales, Julie James, demanding urgent action to prevent further passenger abuse and mistreatment of rail staff because of a shortage of train carriages covering holiday/ daytrip destinations. The...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Welsh Government, Covid-19, Overcrowding
RMT calls new Serco Caledonian Sleeper‎ strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT has called a new phase of industrial action in its ongoing dispute over pay justice for Serco Caledonian Sleeper workers. The action has been called after negotiations with Serco, under the auspices of ACAS, failed with the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice, Strike
MPs and Peers backs ending the privatisation of cleaning
As lockdown restrictions ease, a cross-party coalition of more than 80 MPs and Peers has said that there is ‘a strong safety and efficiency case’ for ending the privatisation of cleaning on the National Rail network and London Underground bringing these...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cleaners are Essential, Rail, Tube, Cleaning, Outsourcing, Privatisation,
RMT response to Scottish Government decision
CALMAC Union RMT today responded to the Scottish Government's decision to permit CalMac to break collective bargaining agreements with all the recognised CalMac unions in order to time charter the Isle of Man registered MV Arrow freight ship. The vessel,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Scottish Government, Scottish Ferries
RMT on new Bus report
Commenting on the report, which found that the UK’s privatised bus system is ‘failing passengers’ and ‘undermining rights’, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This report is completely right in its assessment that privatisation and deregulation has created a bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus report, National Bus Strategy, Privatisation, Philip Alston
Strike action by Scotrail staff solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ action by Scotrail staff in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is being solidly supported again today‎ ‎across the network as the union accused Abellio and Transport...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice,
Edinburgh Rail Gourmet strike rock solid
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley are solidly supporting the latest round of strike action this weekend in a fight to end a culture of workplace bullying and harassment. RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Bullying, Workplace Justice
RMT responds to Rail Delivery Group
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The Government's botched handling of their so called "freedom day" on Monday will see hundreds of thousands of passengers unleashed on rail, tube and buses without masks or other basic COVID measures. " It's inevitable that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, App, Self Isolation, Rail Delivery group
RMT warns of threat of violence to staff
Transport union RMT warned today that staff on services will be placed at danger of abuse and assault due to the botched, confused and inconsistent messaging over face coverings. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Whilst we welcome the approach from...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Public Transport
RMT slams "reckless and irresponsible gamble"
Responding to the Health Secretary’s latest announcement RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a reckless and irresponsible gamble with the health of millions. “It is beyond belief that we today see a health minister and prime minister announcing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Face Masks, Social Distancing, Transport Workers,
RMT warns of “fatal folly” of removing transport Covid protections
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford RMT has today warned of the fatal folly of removing Covid transport protections. The warning comes as governments are finalising changes to Covid-19 protections. In the letter (below) to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Public Transport, Cleaning, Face Masks, Social Distancing,
ScotRail staff standing firm again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail conductors and ticket examiners are standing firm again today in a long running battle for pay justice and equality as gate line staff vote for action this week and cleaners prepare to join the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Gateline, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice,
RMT calls for emergency support for iconic Black Cabs
TRANSPORT UNION RMT, which organises among London’s iconic black cabs, has called for a package of emergency support from government, the Mayor and Council leaders as Department for Transport statistics showed a catastrophic 29% drop in the number of Licensed vehicles...
Region: National
Tagged with: Black Cabs, Transport for London, TfL, DfT, Department for Transport, Taxi,
RMT demands summit to resolve the crises on Scotland's Ferries
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “I am writing to repeat RMT’s demand that the Scottish Government call an urgent summit meeting to discuss the crisis engulfing lifeline ferry services in the west of Scotland. “Although there is understandable frustration...
Region: National
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Ferries, Graeme Dey,
RMT welcomes support from Scottish MSPs
On the eve of ACAS talks between RMT and Serco in relation to an ongoing dispute over pay justice for Caledonian Sleeper workers, the Union has welcomed support from MSPs for a Scottish Parliamentary motion which calls on the Scottish...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Pay Justice, Scottish Government
RMT condemns unsafe extension to lorry drivers’ hours
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned the Government’s unsafe extension to road haulage driver’s permitted driving hours due to a significant labour shortage of lorry drivers. Lorry drivers will be permitted to legally extend their driving hours to previously illegal levels...
Region: National
Tagged with: Road Haulage, Drivers Hours, Driver Shortage, Road Transport
Public Accounts Committee report slams government rail policy
Britain’s specialist transport union RMT said today that the need for a government rethink on rail is now urgent after a powerful Parliamentary committee warned that the government has neither the necessary urgency nor appreciates the scale of the challenge...
Region: National
Tagged with: Public Accounts Committee, Rail Network, Great British Railways, Rail Privatisation
RMT's warning over Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant
With confirmation from the Government that the Covid-19 Bus Services Support grant will end in August 2021 and be replaced by a lower level of ‘recovery funding’ from September 2021 until April 2022, bus union RMT has warned that with passenger numbers still...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Service Support Grant, National Bus Strategy, Bus
RMT remembers Piper ‎Alpha 33 years ago today
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “We ask that offshore employers allow all workers to take a moment today to remember the 167 offshore workers and the devastating effect that this disaster had on their families and communities, especially in north...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Piper Alpha, Offshore, Maritime Safety Week
ScotRail action rock solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that action by conductors and ticket examiners in a long running battle for pay justice and equality remains rock solid again today as the company’s cleaners prepare to join the fight on the 13th July. ScotRail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT hits back at CalMac campaign of misinformation
SCOTTISH Ferries Union RMT today responded to a passenger group's claims over the factors behind Pentland Ferries withdrawal from a time charter agreement with CalMac, as the fall-out from the Scottish Government's failed ferry procurement policies continues. RMT General Secretary,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pentland Ferries,
RMT welcomes CalMac Pentalina Cataraman Charter scrapping
CALMAC UNION RMT today welcomed the news that Pentland Ferries’ catamaran Pentalina will not be introduced onto CalMac operated Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes. The union had raised serious safety concerns with the regulator, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, over...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pentland Ferries, MV Pentalina,
ScotRail Sunday action continues
As strike action by Scotrail conductors and ticket examiners is solidly supported again today, rail union ‎RMT is demanding an urgent summit with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after a meeting with the Transport Minister earlier this week failed to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT exposes scandal at Pentland Ferries
SCOTTISH Ferries Union RMT today commented on the results of the safety inspection carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at the RMT’s request, on the catamaran MV Pentalina which Transport Scotland is seeking to charter from anti-trade union...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, Pentland Ferries, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Transport Scotland
RMT calls on UK to learn lessons of Welsh Government
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed the news that the Welsh Government will be suspending all future road building plans and will instead be prioritising public transport and active travel to meet their statutory target of net zero emissions by 2050. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Rail, Road, COP26, Westminster, Tory Government
RMT condemns the Scottish Government’s veil of secrecy
RAIL UNION RMT is today demanding that the Scottish Government come clean over how much has been paid so far in performance and management fees to fund profits for the private rail operators of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Government, SNP
Scotrail staff in fight for equality solidly supported
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ strike action by Scotrail staff in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is being solidly supported again today‎ after a week in which Abellio sunk to a...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
SERCO Caledonian Sleeper refuse ACAS talks
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper remains rock solid three days in as the company blocks union efforts to get ACAS talks underway to discuss ending the pay freeze they are imposing on employees....
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice
RMT welcomes cross-party ScotRail support
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed support from cross-party MSPs for a motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament calling for Pay Justice and Equality for ScotRail workers and for the Scottish Government to take action to resolve the longstanding dispute. RMT...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
Scotrail football stunt own-goal
A despicable and desperate attempt by Dutch-owned Abellio to try and turn Scottish football fans against hard working Scotrail staff fighting for pay justice, equality and fairness from their greedy private sector employers has backfired spectacularly. Late last night Abellio...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT launches bust the transport workers pay freeze campaign
SPECIALIST TRANSPORT UNION RMT has launched a campaign today to bust through a Government-led pay freeze that is being imposed on transport staff – the same workers who have kept Britain moving throughout the COVID pandemic at well-documented personal risk....
Region: National
Tagged with: Pay freeze, Transport workers, rail, rail profits
SERCO Caledonian Sleeper continue to block talks
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that the first phase of strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper has been rock solid overnight as the company continue to block and frustrate all attempts to get round the table to discuss ending the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice,
RMT to strike for pay justice on Tyne and Wear Metro
Britain's specialist transport union RMT said today that it will be taking co-ordinated strike action with sister union UNITE later this month in a fight for pay justice ‎on the Tyne and Wear Metro. RMT and UNITE members will be...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Nexus, Stadler, Tyne and Wear Metro, Pay Justice,
RMT agrees to participate in Rail Industry Recovery Group processes
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will continue to participate in the processes set out in a statement by the joint-industry Rail Industry Recovery Group – the group convened in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. RMT's executive has...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Industry Recovery Group, RIRG, Covid-19
RMT strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper goes ahead
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper goes ahead for eleven days from tomorrow, Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 26th June, as the company continue to block and frustrate all attempts to get round the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice
RMT members standing firm again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that members are standing firm in strike action again today as the union called on the First Minister to end her silence and put pressure on Transport Scotland to demand that Abellio and Transport Scotland negotiate...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
Union fury as Scottish Government charter union busting ferry company
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “RMT members at CalMac are on the front line dealing with the service disruption and passenger frustration at the current problems with the fleet, indeed many of my members live in the island communities...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Pentland Ferries, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Ferry,
RMT says action going ahead in four separate disputes‎ on Scotland's railways
• This Sunday 13 June Abellio ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners will again take strike action in two separate disputes in their long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day working. • RMT members on the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Abellio, ScotRail, Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT raises safety concerns over Calmac catamaran charter
In a letter to the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “The Pentalina has been laid up in Kirkwall since November 2020 and we are very concerned that crew and passenger safety could...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Ferry,
RMT strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper goes ahead
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper goes ahead for eleven days from next Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 26th June in the wake of the company being caught lying to passengers about engaging with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Pay Freeze
RMT responds to creation of a single enforcement body for workers' rights
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch commented: “We need to see more details of the Government's proposals but we are undoubtedly seeing under payment and exploitation level down workers' rights. “Seafarers, in particular, need better enforcement to protect their jobs and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Workers Rights, Seafarers, Transport Workers, Offshore,
Action solid on Scotrail again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that the latest phase of action by conductors and ticket examiners on Scotrail is being solidly supported across Scotland again today in the long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
Next phase of strike action goes ahead on Scotrail
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the next phase of action by conductors and ticket examiners on Scotrail goes ahead as planned on Sunday in the long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day working....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT slams "disgraceful stitch up" TFL short-term funding deal
“This is a disgraceful stitch up of a deal and it will be resisted by our members whether it comes from Whitehall or City Hall through London wide industrial action if necessary. "It is completely unacceptable for transport workers who...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground, Tube, Funding, Tory Government
RMT confirms Serco Caledonian Sleeper strike dates
The ballot took place after the company attempted to impose a pay freeze on hardworking staff who have kept the service running throughout the Covid pandemic. The union’s National Executive Committee has now had the opportunity to consider the ballot...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Pay, Dispute,
RMT calls for end to TfL stalemate
TUBE AND TFL union RMT today called for an end to the continuing stalemate and uncertainty over a TFL funding agreement and demanded a long term package that guarantees jobs and services as London begins to emerge out of lockdown...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground, Tube, Funding, Tory Government,
RMT repeats call for urgent ScotRail summit
With RMT ScotRail Ticket Examiner and Conductor grades members standing firm again today in two separate disputes over pay, fairness, and equality the union has repeated the call for the Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP to hold an urgent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT warns East Midlands Railway
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said "East Midlands Railway are once again demonstrating safety for its passengers and staff are of little concern as it repeats the mistakes this Bank Holiday weekend of the St Pancras overcrowding and lack of...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, St Pancras, Covid-19
RMT demands urgent summit with the Scottish Transport Secretary
In advance of further industrial action by RMT ScotRail Ticket Examiner and Conductor grades members in two separate disputes over pay fairness and equality, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has written to the Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT warns of new Dark Age for London Transport
RMT warned today that the Tories will inflict a new Dark Age on London’s transport network if they impose more cuts on TfL as the price of providing a new bailout package. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Rumours abound...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, Transport for London, Funding, Covid-19
Massive vote for action over pay
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a ballot of members on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper returned a massive 85% vote in favour of strike action over pay. The ballot took place after the company attempted to impose a pay freeze on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay, Strike, Rail,
ScotRail strike action in fight for pay equality goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that the next phase of strike action on ScotRail in disputes over pay justice for all grades goes ahead on Sunday as the union also announced the following dates for additional action for ticket examiners;...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
RMT slams Grant Shapps “insulting and ill-informed” comments
RAIL UNION RMT slammed the Secretary of State Grant Shapps today after he used an appearance at the Transport Select Committee to put his full backing behind the pandemic profiteers while dismissing concerns about the plight of rail staff with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Rail Workers, Transport Select Committee, Rail Union, RMT
RMT calls on First Minister to end her silence on ScotRail dispute
RAIL UNION RMT said that members are standing firm in strike action again today as the union called on the First Minister to end her silence and put pressue on Transport Scotland to demand that Abellio negotite a settlement to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT calls on Scottish political leadership to end vow of silence
RAIL UNION RMT today called upon the Scottish political leadership and their operators at Transport Scotland to end their vow of silence over the long-running disputes involving conductors and ticket examiners in a fight for equality and justice across grades...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductor, Ticket Examiner, Pay Justice
ScotRail traincare workers to strike on Monday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that ScotRail traincare workers will be striking on Monday over the company’s blatant & deliberate abuse of their dignity & respect policy. The action comes about after more than 80% of union members voted in favour...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Traincare Workers, Dignity and Respect,
Privateers make £88 million in 6 months
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that private train operating companies are looking at a future of easy guaranteed profits at taxpayers’ expense while staff face pay and job cuts, after the union published research showing that rail privateers made £88...
Region: National
Tagged with: Great British Railways, Covid-19, DfT, Department for Transport, EMA
Britain's main rail union RMT responds to Williams Report
“This is a missed opportunity by the Government to make a clean break from the failures of the past that have left Britain's railways in the slow lane. “The Government talk about ending a generation of fragmentation but then leave...
Region: National
Tagged with: Williams Report, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government,
RMT responds to latest announcements on TFL funding
"A high quality London transport network is essential for cutting pollution and rebuilding our wider economy and this continued uncertainty and reliance on short term fixes will simply hold back our economic recovery causing lasting damage. "We need the government...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, Transport for London,
RMT warns of national fight against ‎cuts at Network Rail
RAIL UNION RMT warned today of a national industrial fight across the railway network if the Williams Review - widely expected to be published this week - sets it's sights on the workforce while handing the private train companies ‎gold-plated management contracts...
Region: National
Tagged with: Williams Review, Grant Shapps, Network Rail, Rail Privatisation,
RMT calls for zero tolerance of any breach of Covid safety measures
As lockdown measures ease today and passenger numbers rise, transport union RMT has a issued warning regard to transport staff safety. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “The Government and transport authorities must be clear to the travelling public about...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport, Lockdown,
ScotRail strike action remains solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said today's conductors and examiners strike action remains solid again this morning as Abellio stand accused of treating loyal front line staff with complete contempt rather than meeting with the union to settle the long running disputes...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
ScotRail scab managers given packed lunches
RAIL UNION RMT today accused Abellio ScotRail of trying to turn safety-critical operations on their trains into a holiday camp for scab managers as it revealed that those hired in to break the ongoing action are being treated to high-end...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT to ballot for action in fight for pay justice
RAIL UNION RMT has declared a dispute with Balfour Beatty and is preparing to ballot members for industrial action over its refusal to offer a fair pay award for members working on the Central Rail Systems Alliance (CRSA). The CRSA...
Region: National
Tagged with: Balfour Beatty, Central Rail Systems Alliance, CRSA, Pay Justice,
RMT calls for full inquiry into Government’s backroom sweetheart deals
Britain’s largest rail Union RMT today slammed the Government for conducting backroom deals with Train Operating Companies and allowing them to break their franchise contracts with minimal termination fees following the collapse of the contracts. At the same time the...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, TransPennine Express, DfT, Department for Transport, Tory Government,
RMT launches petition demanding pay justice and equality for ScotRail workers
Sign the RMT petition HERE The Company has extended an enhanced payment rest day working agreement for one grade of workers, drivers, until October 2021, but has refused to negotiate an equivalent payment for other grades. RMT ScotRail Conductor and Ticket...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT ScotRail strike action solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said today's conductors and examiners strike action remains rock solid again this morning as Abellio stand accused of playing fast and loose with safety on their trains rather than meeting with the union to settle the long...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT accuses Abellio of playing fast and loose with safety
RAIL UNION RMT today accused ‎Abellio of playing fast and loose with safety on their trains as conductors and examiners prepare for the next day of strike action on Sunday in a long running fight for equality and justice over...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Abellio, ScotRail, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT demands top level meeting over Irish Ferries threat to jobs in Dover
Irish Ferries currently operate roll-on roll-off ferry services between Dublin and Holyhead and Rosslare and Pembroke with predominantly eastern European resident crew recruited by Matrix Ship Management of Cyprus. Hundreds of Ratings in Dover were made redundant in the middle...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Irish Ferries, Port of Dover, Calais, Ferries
RMT raises concerns over HSE response
RMT today responded with concern to the Health and Safety Executive’s response to a serious safety incident in the offshore decommissioning sector. In 2020, a video was circulated of an accident that occurred during decommissioning work carried out by the contractor,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Buchan Alpha, Shetland, Oil Rig, OILC, Ocean Kinetics
Ticket examiners join Conductors in ScotRail pay justice fight
RAIL UNION RMT said today that strike action involving ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners in two separate disputes over the same issue of equality between grades in payments for rest day working is being solidly supported right across the franchise....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Pay Justice, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors
Ticket examiners join ScotRail conductors in strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action involving ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners in two separate disputes over the same issue of equality between grades in payments for rest day working goes ahead on Sunday as planned. The union...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners,
Government policy on green freight transport not fit for purpose
Following the publication of the new Government figures to boost freight support transport union RMT today said the Government policy to increase green freight transport in advance of COP26 was not fit for purpose. Official Government statistics show that the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Green Freight, COP26, DfT, Tory Government
RMT marks Workers’ Memorial Day
On Workers’ Memorial Day RMT remembers the fifth anniversary tomorrow of the helicopter disaster over Norway that cost thirteen offshore workers their lives. RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash, said: “As part of this year’s International Workers’ Memorial Day, RMT remember...
Region: National
Tagged with: Super Puma, International Workers Memorial Day, IWMD, Helicopter, Offshore Energy
RMT condemns outsourcing company Mitie
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded the withdrawal of an app that giant outsourcing outfit Mitie are attempting to force on staff which would track their movements. RMT has condemned the move as the introduction of Big Brother into the workplace...
Region: National
Tagged with: Mitie, Phone App, Cleaners, Security
RMT exposes First Group’s hypocrisy
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned major rail and bus operator First Group’s announcement that it plans to pay a shareholder dividend of £365m this year, following the sale of two US bus divisions, at the same time as it continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, Hull Trains, Shareholder Dividend,
Fifth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ a fifth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is holding firm again today as Abellio bosses block talks and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Workplace Justice, Ticket Examiners,
RMT launches 'No Cuts at Network Rail' campaign
RMT today launched the next phase of the campaign to stop Network Rail plans that would result in thousands of job losses by this September and a wholescale dilution of safety standards, including a halving the frequency of safety critical...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Railway, Maintenance, Pay Freeze, Jobs, Safety
Fourth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ a fourth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is rock solid again today as cynical Abellio bosses line their...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
RMT analysis reveals it's one rule for the bosses another for the frontline workers at Abellio Scotrail
The Company’s latest accounts, published this week, show that in the year to 31 March 2020, the company posted a loss of £56m, but the highest paid director received total remuneration of £216,000, an eyewatering increase of over 35% from the previous year....
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Pay, Strike Action
Third day of strike action by ScotRail conductors
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ a third day of strike action by ScotRail conductors in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is being solidly supported again today‎. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
Third day of RMT ScotRail action
RAIL UNION RMT ‎said today that a third day of strike action in a fight for pay justice for ScotRail conductors goes ahead on Sunday as the company continues to refuse point blank to engage in talks aimed at addressing...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
London Labour politicians support bringing Tube cleaners back in-house
In the week that London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a firm manifesto commitment to explore bringing the London Underground’s multi – million-pound cleaning contract in house, a new poll of London Labour councillors has found overwhelming support to end the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, Cleaners, Justice for Tube Cleaners, Sadiq Khan, Labour Party, Covid-19
ScotRail ticket examiners vote yes for action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that ticket examiners on Abellio ScotRail have voted overwhelmingly for action in a dispute around equality and justice ‎over enhanced payments for rest day working. The vote means that the ticket examiners now join their...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, conductors, Workplace Justice,
RMT to hold demonstration in Southampton
BUS UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration over the victimisation of Southampton bus branch secretary Declan Clune who has been dismissed for reporting concerns to Network Rail around a bridge being struck by vehicles. The protest will take place...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Bluestar Buses, Declan Clune, Southampton, Buses, Bus Driver
RMT demands to meet Dover MP over threat to local jobs
In the letter RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says: "I write to seek an urgent meeting with you following Irish Ferries’ announcement that it is planning to begin operating passenger ferries on the Dover-Calais route. "As you may be aware,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Irish Ferries, Port of Dover, Natalie Elphicke, Dover, Calais, Ferries
RMT condemns Government’s West Coast Main Line plans
RAIL UNION RMT responded to the DfT’s announcement that it intends to award a decade long contract to First Trenitalia to run the West Coast Main Line, by calling for an end to its obsession with privatisation, and for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: West Coast Mainline, Avanti, First, Trenitalia, DfT, Department for Transport
RMT move to ballot members over strike action at Stena Line
A company sick pay scheme, agreed with the recognised trade unions, was in place for seafarers and port workers in Stena Line until the start of the pandemic when the employer unilaterally scrapped it, forcing staff infected with or displaying...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stena Line, Sick Pay, Covid-19, Seafarers, Port Workers,
RMT says Scotrail strike action one hundred per cent rock solid
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a first phase of industrial action by ScotRail conductors is rock solid this morning in a fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
RMT statement on Irish Ferries
Maritime Union RMT has raised serious concerns over today's announcement that Irish Ferries will commence a service on the Dover – Calais route. Irish Ferries is a well known operator with a proven reputation for exploiting overseas Seafarers. RMT has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Irish Ferries, Dover, Calais, DFDS, P&O Ferries,
Shocking rise in hate crimes toward disabled people on the rail network
The shocking rising level of hate crime toward disabled people travelling on Britain’s railways is a wake-up call to the industry to stop the cost-cutting that has emptied staff from trains and stations said RMT General Secretary Mick Cash today....
Region: National
Tagged with: Disabled Passengers, Hate Crime, Railway, Department for Transport, Access For All, DPAC, DfT
RMT ScotRail action goes ahead from Sunday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that planned industrial action by ScotRail conductors will go ahead from this Sunday in a fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working. The union is appalled that the company are...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Guards, Pay Justice
Shrewsbury pickets’ victory
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has welcomed today's victory for the Shrewsbury 24 as a victory for working people the length and breadth of Britain which has only been achieved by the sheer resilience and determination of the pickets who refused to stop...
Region: National
Tagged with: Shrewsbury 24, Shrewsbury Pickets, Labour Movement, Trade Unions
RMT members to take industrial action at Unipart Rail Doncaster
Unipart Rail’s Doncaster warehouse supplies parts to the rail industry. With effect from 00:01 hours on Friday 2nd April 2021, until further notice, RMT members working at Unipart Rail Doncaster are instructed:- Not to work any non-contractual overtime Not to work on...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Unipart Rail, Pay, Conditions, Rail
RMT blasts latest government drip-feed deal
Transport union RMT today slammed the government for imposing yet another short-term funding deal on Transport for London which continues to make vital support for public transport conditional on more damaging austerity attacks on workers. The latest deal lasts until...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Grant Shapps, Tube, LUL, London Underground
RMT set for nationwide rail dispute
RMT today declared it was moving to a “national dispute” footing with Network Rail after it revealed the Government controlled company is planning for thousands of job losses by this September and a wholescale dilution of safety standards, including a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Covid-19, Maintenance, Rail Strike, Grant Shapps, DfT,
RMT warning over new Government proposals
Carilllion union RMT warned today that proposed measures to tighten up the audit, dividend and bonus culture after the devastating collapse of a number of household names, with dire consequences for the workforce, may not be enough to reign in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Carillion, Covid-19, Bandit Capitalism, Jobs, Pay, Pensions
RMT welcomes Scottish Government’s ScotRail announcement
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that ScotRail services will be run in the public sector, via the Operator of Last Resort, from March 2022 when the current Abellio franchise expires. We have...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, SNP, Scottish Government, Abellio, Operator of Last Resort, Scotland, Rail
RMT calls on the Scottish Government to stop the excuses
Ahead of a statement in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday at which the Scottish Government is expected to set out its plans for the ScotRail franchise when the Abellio contract ends in March 2022, Rail Union RMT is reiterating its calls...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, SNP, Scottish Government, Covid-19
RMT demands end to CalMac pandemic pay betrayal
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT today wrote to the Minister for Islands, Energy and Connectivity, Paul Wheelhouse MSP demanding that he meet the union to correct a pay injustice for key workers at public sector ferry company CalMac. RMT is in...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pay Dispute, Ferries,
RMT responds to Go-Ahead Group profits
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It's beyond belief that despite the pandemic these private train companies are still extracting fat profits and dividends out of the rail‎ network while staff at the front line are confronted with threats of a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, Southern, Southeastern, Gatwick Express, Covid-19,
Government must use powers to prevent Go-Ahead paying dividend
As rail giant GO-AHEAD has announced its intention to pay a dividend, RMT is writing to the government to say it should use its powers to prevent such pandemic profiteering. In a statement today the company said, “The Board continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, GTR, Govia, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink, Covid-19
RMT welcomes London Travelwatch report
TRANSPORT UNION RMT welcomed the publication of London Travelwatch’s report into the future of public transport in the capital but warned that without a change of approach from Government toward TfL it will go nowhere. The union pointed to recommendations...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Travelwatch, Transport for London, TfL,
RMT responds to Isle of Man lockdown
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “Whilst we support the Manx Government’s move, it is important to remember that Isle of Man Steam Packet workers have kept the island’s people, health services and businesses supplied with food, medical equipment and...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Covid-19, Isle of Man, Steam Packet, Ferries
RMT responds to freeport and offshore measures in budget
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “The furlough extension is welcome but if taxpayer investment is to create good quality seafarer, port and offshore energy jobs in a green recovery, then regulation of the supply chain, trade union recognition and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore, Seafarer, Energy, Freeport, Maritime, Budget, Rishi Sunak,
RMT welcomes committee's recovery plan call
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed a report from the Welsh Parliament’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee which called for the Welsh Government to publish a plan that can rebuild public transport. The report, which took both written and oral evidence...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Welsh Parliament, Economy Infrastructure and Skills Committee, Transport for Wales
RMT protest at Lewisham rail station this morning
RAIL UNION RMT is holding a protest outside Lewisham rail station this morning demanding urgent action in the wake of a surge of COVID-related assaults on staff. Lewisham March 2, 2021 In one incident alone last month a member of staff was...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Lewisham, Assaults, Southeastern, BTP
RMT renews demands for all rail services to be renationalised
RAIL UNION RMT today renewed its demands for all rail services to be taken into public ownership after the public owned Operator of Last Resort (OLR) was given a 5 year extension to its running of Northern. On the same day...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern Trains, Northern, Operator of Last Resort, OLR, Rail Fares, Covid-19, DfT, Rail Nationalisation
RMT research reveals COVID corporate cash grab scandal
As the Government increases passenger rail fares by 2.6% today, new research by RMT reveals that the private train operating and rolling stock companies’ profits from last year stand to be equivalent to 15 pence of every pound passengers paid on fares...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, TOC's, Train Operating Companies, ROSCO's, Rolling Stock Companies, EMA, Emergency Measures Agreement, ERMA, Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement, DfT, Privatisation, Tory Government
RMT on Government's Williams Review
The government’s long delayed rail review, set to be highlighted by Keith Williams today, is all about saving rail privatisation rather than saving the railways RMT has warned. Media reports have indicated that Williams has submitted proposals to the Treasury...
Region: National
Tagged with: William Review, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government, Grant Shapps, Keith Williams
RMT warns of jobs, pay and pensions carve up
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the Department for Transport is gearing up for an all-out assault on jobs, pay and pensions as it has emerged that it is advertising for a paid-up union buster to take on the workforce....
Region: National
Tagged with: Department for Transport, DfT, Covid-19, Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Transport workers are Essential workers
RMT demand Government action to stop shipowner exploitation of seafarers
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said; “The shipping industry says it is seeking a level commercial playing field but today’s figures again show that UK seafarers continue to face unfair competition from low cost labour. We must end shipowners’ use...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Shipping, P&O Ferries, DFDS, Stena Line, Condor Ferries, RFA, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Ratings
RMT says no more excuses – bring Scotrail into public ownership
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “There is no excuse at all for the SNP to drag their heels over bringing Scotland's railways into public ownership. Wasting time and money on consultations is just a smokescreen for their inaction. “Rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, ScotRail, SNP, Nationalisation
RMT demands that Government crack on with rail nationalisation
RAIL UNION ‎RMT today demanded that the Government take immediate action to return Britain's failing rail franchises to public ownership as it emerged that preparations have been ramped up in the past week to pave the way for the Operator...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Nationalisation, Operator of Last Resort, OLR, SWR, South Western Railway, C2C, Cross Country, GWR, Great Western Railway
RMT issues new warning of a cocktail of dangers for bus driver safety
BUS UNION RMT has issued a new warning over bus driver safety as the Government confirms mass opening of schools on 8 March. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members who have direct experience of the way the return to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus, Bus Driver, DfT, Department for Transport, Grant Shapps
RMT demands suspension of on-train ticketing duties
RAIL UNION RMT is today demanding that the Government immediately suspends on-train revenue protection and ticket inspection across all Train Operating Companies, after a survey of RMT on-board staff indicates that 7 out of 17 Train Operating Companies (TOCs) operating through national...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Train Operating Companies, TOCs, On-Train Ticketing, Rail
RMT on Environmental Audit Committee’s report
Commenting on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report ‘Growing Back Better’, published today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Committee has rightly recognised the vital role that the UK’s public transport network has in our economic recovery from Covid-19 and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Environmental Audit Committee, Growing Back Better, Public Transport, Bus, Rail, Taxi, Shipping, Ferry,
RMT calls for escalation of priority and protection for transport workers
With the news at the weekend that the initial phase of the COVID vaccination programme has hit its targets RMT called this morning for an escalation in priority for transport staff and other essential workers to ensure that those groups...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport workers, Covid vaccine, Rail, Bus, Taxi, Shipping, Transport,
Scottish Government set to reward ScotRail failure
RAIL UNION RMT today expressed its concern that the Scottish Government’s proposed revised ‘Franchising Policy Statement’ is laying the groundwork to give Dutch state-owned Abellio a direct award when the franchise ends next year, despite its well documented poor performance,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Scottish Government, SNP, Scotland, Railway
RMT statement on the Government’s build back better with apprentices announcement
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Instead of listening to the lobbying of crewing agents represented on the Maritime Skills Commission, the Government needs to institute a mass programme of Rating recruitment, using the apprenticeship standards for deck, engine and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Maritime Skills Commission, Ratings, Seafarers, Apprentices, Shipping, Offshore,
Save Eurostar campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a formal campaign to SAVE EUROSTAR as fear grows that a political stand off at national government level risks leaving the future of the vital green link to the continent ‎under threat as the service...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Emergency Funding
RMT welcomes Welsh Government rail decision
Commenting on the announcement that the Welsh government is taking the Wales and Borders rail franchise into public ownership, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This is a welcome and timely development and RMT will continue to make sure that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, TfW, Welsh Government, Welsh Railway
RMT demands clarity over South African variant on TFL and Merseyrail
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it has written to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, demanding action after the union revealed that both TfL and Merseyrail are instructing staff in the postcodes impacted by the South African variant of COVID-19...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, South African Variant, Grant Shapps, Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Merseyrail
RMT blasts TfL over South African variant
RMT has written to TfL Commissioner Andy Byford condemning its guidance that workers in postcodes being targeted for surge testing aimed at bringing the South African variant of Covid19 to heel, should come into work as normal. Last night the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: TfL, Transport for London, Covid-19, London Underground, Tube
RMT on Labour call for Transport worker Covid safety forum
Commenting on Labour’s call for the Government to convene a transport worker Covid-19 safety forum with unions and operators, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes Labour’s demands for the Government to convene a transport industry forum with unions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Worker, Safety Forum, Labour,
Transport Workers are Essential Workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that it will be launching a fresh wave of campaigning under the banner TRANSPORT WORKERS ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS as threats of pay freezes and possible attacks on jobs and conditions emerged in Government briefings over...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Workers are Essential Workers, Covid-19, Transport Staff, Job Cuts, Pay Freeze
RMT on rail improvement announcement for the North
Commenting on the announcement that rail improvement works will be carried out in the North of England this summer as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes the announcement that rail improvement...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transpennine Route Upgrade, North of England, Transport for the North, TfN, Rail Improvement,
RMT Government call over Tyne and Wear Metro
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to step in and approve funds that will provide long-term stability to the struggling Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro, which carried 36 million passenger trips in 2018/19 and serves...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Tyne and Wear Metro, Grant Shapps, Nexus, Covid-19, Tory Government
RMT warns of “complacent and callous” approach
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has today warned that a complacent and callous approach to the increased threat from COVID-19 is leading to a surge in deaths and illness of transport workers. The union says feedback it has received reveal the number...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Workers, Transport Workers, Grant Shapps
RMT ramps up political pressure on Scotland’s MSP’s
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT has told Scotland’s MSPs today that it intends to make the ongoing pay dispute at CalMac Ferries a major political issue in the forthcoming elections in May. The union believes that the company, which provides a...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government, Ferries, Pay
RMT adverse weather warning
As storm Christoph batters the county RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has today written an urgent letter to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, expressing concern that the railway does not have sufficient resilience to adverse weather conditions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Storm Christoph, Rail, Railway, Network Rail, Adverse Weather