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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 suspends strike action on Scotrail after guard role secured
Conductors will also continue to dispatch trains, including full control of the doors on departure and perform their safety critical duties.  This means strikes due to go ahead on May 18,19,25,26 and June 1,2 have all been called off.  RMT general secretary...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Guards
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
Conductors to strike on Barrhead and East Kilbride route
A series of 48-hour strikes will take place on the following days:   Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May   Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May   Saturday 1  and Sunday 2 June   RMT has concerns over the responsibilities of the conductor, including dispatch,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Conductors, Strike
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 calls for action to save UK train manufacturing
RMT, the largest rail union, called for an urgent summit of unions, the rail industry and the government to thrash out a plan to save the Alstom train manufacturing site in Derby, including the option of nationalisation.  RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Alstom, Derby, Rail
Merseyrail hikes Grand National prices by 35%
Merseyrail is one of the wealthiest operators of trains in Britain,  recently  paying out dividends  of £14.5 million. Yet they have failed to insource cleaners on their stations despite the fact that would have only cost the company £100,000. RMT...
Region: North West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Merseyrail, Grand National
CrossCountry trains strike suspended after progress
CrossCountry had refused to recognise RMT at all grades within the company. This is despite written evidence to the contrary.   Now the company has agreed to sit down with RMT to address our concerns with no changes to agreements...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CrossCountry, Strike
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
ScotRail punitive fare hike will impact on climate targets
This punitive price increase comes at a time when the Scottish Government itself is running a successful off-peak fares trial, effectively removing peak fares entirely.   RMT is calling on the Scottish Government to make this off-peak fares trial permanent,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Rail Fares
CrossCountry workers to take strike action
RMT is taking decisive action to protect the rights and representation of all of its members in CrossCountry with strike action on Saturday 13 April.   The union has been engaged in negotiations with CrossCountry to address this issue, yet the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CrossCountry, Strike
RMT responds to reports of staff assaults statistics and testimonies
Responding to the assault statistics and testimonies of railway workers, following an investigation by  BBC South East , RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:    “The assault statistics and testimonies of railway workers are disturbing and underline what our members have...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail, Staff Assaults
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
RMT urges Transport Secretary to reverse Shrewsbury to London service cut
  The damaging decision has been taken according to Avanti to “reduce public subsidy and put the railway on a more sustainable financial footing.”   However, the publicly subsided company has paid out more than £24m in dividends to shareholders...
Region: National
Tagged with: Shrewsbury, cuts
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
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
UK Ratings’ jobs down to 8%, new shipping industry stats show
New official figures show there has been a 38% annual increase in the total number of Ratings jobs in the UK shipping industry, to over 125,000.   However, only 8% are UK Ratings and only 11% of all seafarers are UK residents.   This...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, UK Ratings, Maritime, Seafarers
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
Network Rail jeopardises safety in cost cutting drive
Network Rail is planning £1.2bn of cuts over the next 5 years to track and infrastructure renewals work, following the government decision to axe the public company's budget.   If the cuts go ahead, there will be an increased risk to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Rail Cuts Costs Lives
RMT condemn "cowardly" Carlisle Support Services bosses threats to workers
Following the successful industrial action ballot earlier this week, where workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action over pay and holiday allowance, the company has been accused of threatening RMT members.   Reports have come in of the company demanding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Northern Trains, Carlisle Support Services
Hitachi Rail workers to take five days strike action
The stoppage will take place at Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots across the East Coast mainline and will conclude on Thursday 1st February.   More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, Strike
Cleaners on TPE suspend strike after new offer
Bidvest Noonan which employs cleaners to work on TPE services has offered more money backdated in the first year and from November have agreed to implement a "living wage" of £12 an hour.   The improved offer also contains staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TransPennine Express, TPE, Bidvest Noonan, Rail, Cleaners
Hitachi Rail maintenance engineers to take strike action
Strike action will take place at  Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots with members at Outstations and Maintenance Control also taking action.   Unite the Union members working for Hitachi Rail will be taking strike action at the same...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, Strike
Three quarters of bus drivers say their work causes MSK problems
400 bus workers were surveyed with 78% saying their occupation caused MSK problems.    94% said their working conditions could be improved by the introduction of adjustable seating, steering columns and driver dashboards.   And 95% said the bus driver's cabin could be designed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bus Drivers, Musculoskeletal, MSK
RMT responds to P&O opening new freight route
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “The Government’s weak response to P&O Ferries slashing 786 seafarer jobs in March 2022 means that the Dutch flagged ferry on this new route will not recover jobs for our members or tackle local economic deprivation....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries,
Tube strike averted after progress made in dispute
Planned action  from Monday to Thursday  will no longer go ahead after RMT made progress in discussions with TfL today.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Following further positive discussions today, the negotiations on a pay deal for our...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, London Underground, Tube, Strike, Mayor of London, TfL,
Tube strikes to go ahead after talks fail to make progress
The action will begin tonight at 6pm when maintenance train workers at Ruislip Depot will walk out for 24 hours.   Control staff will strike on Sunday for 24 hours and from Monday to Wednesday nearly 10,000 RMT members will strike across the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Strike, London Underground, Transport for London, TfL, Mayor of London
RMT calls for talks over Tube strikes
The union had been invited to talks with TfL earlier this week after London Underground workers backed rolling strike action by over 90 per cent against a below inflation pay offer. The union also wants to see full staff travel facilities...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Strike, London Underground, TfL, Mayor of London
Tube workers to take strike action over pay
RMT has made it clear that the latest pay offer of 5% from London Underground is unacceptable when Transport for London (TfL) has created a bonus pot of £13 million for senior managers and the commissioner took an 11 per cent pay...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Tube, Strike, Pay
RMT slams rail fares hike
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the government was presiding over the managed decline of the railways with huge cuts to safety critical infrastructure spending on one hand whilst allowing privatised train operators to pay out huge shareholder dividends...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail fares
RMT condemns Network Rail for ruining Christmas with staff underpayments
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written urgently to the company to demand action as members are also reporting that they unable to even contact the payroll department, with phone calls and emails remaining unanswered. “Such matters would be concerning...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Underpayments
RMT slams rail performance while company profits remain high
Avanti West Coast which is owned by First Group has come in for particular criticism from Northern Transport leaders who have described the levels of service as "unacceptable" and "inadequate."   First Group has published its latest yearly profits to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, First Group, Avanti West Coast
RMT responds to Just Transition Commission report
Responding to the report's publication, Offshore union RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “The Just Transition Commissioners in Scotland are absolutely right – there can be no more ‘business as usual’ on just transition issues anymore.    "We urgently need...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Oil, Gas, Just Transition
RMT responds to Bibby Stockholm fatality
General Secretary Mick Lynch said:  “RMT is deeply disturbed to learn of a fatality on the Government’s quasi-prison barge, Bibby Stockholm. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the person who has lost their life.   “Maritime...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bibby Stockholm
RMT today marks 35 years since the Clapham Junction rail crash.
Senior representatives of the union joined a memorial service at the scene of the crash in Battersea, south London, and lay flowers on behalf of RMT. The crash took place on December 12 1988 when a crowded train from Poole to London...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Clapham Rail Crash
Minimum service legislation will lead to more disputes
RAIL UNION RMT revealed today that the government’s own impact assessment for the regulations covering the railway minimum service regulations admitted that it would  worsen industrial relations and threaten safety. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the government’s own...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels
RMT members accept RDG pay offer
"I want to congratulate them on their steadfastness in this long industrial campaign. “We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members terms...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Strike
Third of ScotRail women workers say they have been sexually harassed
Over 80% of respondents revealed they had not reported the incident, with most saying they felt they would not be taken seriously.   The shocking survey also revealed railway workers in Scotland face violence and many have witnessed women passengers being...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Survey, Sexual Harassment
RMT urges Scottish government to award Clyde and Hebrides Ferry contract to Calmac
Ahead of a decision due tomorrow on whether the ferry service will be put out to competitive tender or awarded to Calmac, RMT called on the Scottish government to make sure the ferry service stays in public hands for the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services
Bus workers to take strike action on Stagecoach East Midlands
Bus workers at Stagecoach East Midlands, are set to strike over a poor pay offer, RMT has announced.   The stoppages that are due to take place are as follows:   02:00 hours on Monday 27th November 2023 to 01:59 on Wednesday 29th...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Stagecoach East Midlands, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT 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 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 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
RMT strike action starts tonight on Docklands Light Railway
Members have already been carrying out an overtime and rest day working ban in pursuit of an improved pay offer. KADs contract with TfL, for operating the DLR, provides for RPI indexed increases in its funding yet KAD’s staff have...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, DLR, Strike
New Tory anti-strike laws attack basic human rights, says RMT
Minimum service level legislation for rail workers, ambulance staff and border security staff will be laid in parliament tomorrow (Tuesday, November 7).   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was clearly an authoritarian attack on the fundamental freedoms of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels
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,
RMT welcomes resounding victory against ticket office closures
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was a resounding victory for the union’s campaign and a win for passengers, community groups and rail workers alike.  “We are now calling for an urgent summit with the government, train operating...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, save Ticket Offices
Halt ticket office closures says RMT
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch called for an urgent summit with the government, Train Companies and Passenger Watchdogs to agree a different route that keeps ticket offices open and delivers a safe, secure and accessible service that puts passengers before...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Union, Ticket Offices
Caledonian Sleeper staff ballot for strike action
The ballot for train hosts and train host team leader grades will open on October 31 and close 21 November. Union representatives have accused the company of causing adverse stress and anxiety to the workforce by refusing to crew passenger services adequately.  Management has...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Caledonian Sleeper, Ballot, Strike
RMT warns against betrayal of rail passengers
"Around 750,000 passengers have responded to the consultation, making it the biggest ever response to a public consultation with 98% of passengers who have responded opposing the closures.   "We know that watchdogs, rail companies and government have had behind closed doors...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices,
Trainline profiteering from passengers and ticket office closures
The popular train app which allows passengers to book tickets for railway journeys charges a booking fee and a 5% commission on single and return tickets sold. Trainline has admitted that its search criteria does not prioritise the cheapest ticket and...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Trainline, Ticket Offices,
RMT secures fresh strike mandate in national dispute
Around 20,000 members were balloted across 14 rail companies with all of them individually achieving over a 50 percent turnout and overwhelming 'yes' votes for further strike action. Overall 89.9%  of members voted 'yes' for more strike action on a 63.6 %  turnout. RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Rail, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
Arriva sold to Cayman Islands registered company
Deutsche Bahn which is owned by Germany and has run Arriva since 2010 has sold the company to I Squared Capital for 1.6bn euros.   I Squared Capital is registered in the Cayman Islands tax-haven and recently had a bid for First...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Arriva, Deutsche Bahn, I Squared Capital
Defend Jobs, Pensions and Agreements
Watch as Regional Organiser Jared Wood sets out the issues. Defend Jobs, Pensions and Agreements video October 23
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Defend Jobs, Pensions and Agreements
RMT response to Scottish government Offshore cash injection
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This money needs to be used to train seafarers, protect the livelihoods and ensure permanent employment for offshore oil and gas workers.   "It is important that there is continued investment in an effective...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Oil, Gas,
RMT slams Network Rail job cuts in track renewals
The union has warned that the latest cuts come on the back of massive government funding cuts for Control Period 7 which means a decline in renewals for the next five years. This is despite the fact that the Office for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Job Losses, Track Renewal Service
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
Royal Fleet Auxiliary opens ballot for strike action
On Wednesday a nine-week ballot will open after RMT members rejected a below inflation pay offer from RFA management.   RFA have offered a one year deal of 4.5 percent which is unacceptable to RMT members.   Over 500 RFA seafarers will...
Region: National
Tagged with: RFA, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT reacts to scrapping of HS2 Northern leg
 "High Speed rail together with a modern expanding public transport network is key to the future of linking every part of our country together, from north to south and East to West.   "Public transport investment is not an either-or...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, HS2, Rishi Sunak, Conservative Government
RMT calls on Mark Harper to unshackle rail operators and end ticket office closures
Ahead of his speech to the Tory Party Conference, the RMT issued a fresh call for the Transport Secretary to step up to the plate, when it is the government who contractually controls the companies and sets the parameters of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
Scotrail removes peak ticket fares for 6 months
The move made by the Scottish government which runs the train operator stands in stark contrast to the Westminster government approach to the railways.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "RMT welcomes this move which aims to increase rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Fares
RMT disappointed at delay in delivery of ferries for CalMac
Both vessels should have been in service in 2018 on the lifeline ferry routes operated by CalMac, under the original contract between the Scottish Government and Ferguson Marine.   However, the Glen Sannox will be delivered at the end of March...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Caledonian Macbrayne, Ferries
World Maritime Day
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT pay tribute to all maritime workers in the seas and ports around the UK and internationally on International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) World Maritime Day. “International moves to tackle marine and air pollution risk...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers, World Maritime Day
RMT responds to Rosebank oil field go-ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The North Sea Transition Authority awarding a new oil and gas licence to a consortium in which the Norwegian Government effectively has an 80% stake shows exactly why the UK needs its own publicly owned...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rosebank, Offshore, energy
RMT warns that Tory ‘minimum service’ laws will ‘poison’ industrial relations
The union was responding to a new Transport Committee report released today challenging the government’s ‘minimum service levels’ regulations for railway strikes.  While the new draconian anti-union legislation became law earlier this year details of those regulations and how they...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Services Level
Network Rail and illegal strike breaking tactics
Union members at a Cardiff depot were on strike for 12 hours this week in a dispute over the imposition of rosters.   However, it has been brought to the union’s attention that Network Rail had allegedly used agency workers to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Strike
London Underground station staff to take strike action in October
The union has been locked in a long running dispute over 600 station staff cuts and detrimental working conditions since last year.   Safety concerns have also been raised regarding fewer staff facing higher workloads, more lone working and increased fatigue....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Tube Strikes, Tube, LUL, TfL
RMT remembers Southall train crash 26 years ago today
The tragedy occurred on 19 September 1997 1.15pm near Southall station without warning, when an Intercity train ploughed into a freight train. It is believed the 10.32 to Paddington was travelling close to the maximum speed on the Southall approach of 125mph as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Southall Train Crash,
RMT responds to Avanti and CrossCountry rail contract awards
“From supplying inappropriate uniforms to staff, mass cancellation of train services and multiple industrial disputes,  Avanti have been an unmitigated disaster.   “They are incapable of running an efficient rail service or treating the staff properly.   “CrossCountry are little...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti, CrossCountry,
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
Opposition to Ticket Office closures passed unanimously at TUC Congress
Following more than 680,000 responses to the public consultation - the largest ever of its kind - the passenger watchdogs have decided to extend the period to consider the public responses to 31 October. RMT is now seeking the following: - an urgent meeting before...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, consultation
MV Derbyshire Anniversary
MV Derbyshire is the biggest British registered merchant ship ever to have been lost at sea. Built in 1976, it was an oil/bulk/ore (OBO) carrier. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT pays tribute to the forty-two seafarers and two passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, MV Derbyshire
RMT calls for action after Network Rail fined for Carmont derailment
The company in charge of rail infrastructure in Britain admitted to health and safety failings over the rail crash at Carmont near Stonehaven three years ago which claimed three lives. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report concerning the train...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Carmont, Stonehaven, RAIB
RMT statement ahead of Carmont disaster court hearing
"Network Rail need to face the full force of the law over the Carmont disaster near Stonehaven to give bereaved families some sense of justice.   "Network Rail's attitude to safety has been abysmal with staff shortages and 20 recommendations by...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Carmont, Stonehaven, RAIB, Network Rail
Operator of Last Resort
At the Transport Select Committee, the government was pressed by Gavin Newlands MP and Mike Amesbury MP on whether it was going to re-privatise the contracts it’s taken over through the Operator of Last Resort.  Rail Minister, Huw Merriman, confirmed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Transport Select Committee,
RMT welcomes unprecedented response to ticket office closure consultation
The consultation on train operator proposals has raised huge concerns around accessibility, safety and security, issues with ticket machines and the wholesale de-staffing of stations. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that this unprecedented level of responses only reiterated the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices
Merchant Navy Day
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “It is an honour to lead the trade union that represents merchant navy seafarers at work today from the northern isles of Scotland to the seas of the south Atlantic.  "Seafarer Ratings are the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merchant Navy, Merchant Navy Day, RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers
Strike action goes ahead after RDG fails to give any response to RMT initiative
RMT wrote to the Rail Delivery Group laying out a series of principles that could pave the way for a negotiated settlement to this long-running dispute.   However, rail bosses refused to even acknowledge receipt of the letter and briefed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike, National Rail Dispute, Rail Delivery Group
RMT response to RDG letter
“While it is encouraging that the train operating companies want to continue dialogue with us next week, a fresh proposal will be needed to progress this dispute towards a settlement.   “Their most recent proposal has been rejected and we...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT comments on Calmac ferry poll result
Hull 802, originally intended for introduction on CalMac’s Uig Triangle routes which link Skye, Harris and Noth Uist in 2018 will be named   Glen Rosa   in reference to a glen on the Isle of Arran, another island community on the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, CalMac, Ferries, Ferries Union
Railway workers will march to Downing Street to save ticket offices
They will be joined by passenger groups and disability rights campaigners ahead of the consultation on the future of ticket, offices, closing on September 1.   There have been up to half a million responses with the overwhelming majority showing support...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Rail, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices
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
RMT to march on Parliament to save ticket offices
The mass rally will see RMT members, trades unionists and supporters from across the political landscape tell the government in no uncertain terms that ticket offices must be saved.   A consultation on the future of ticket offices which has...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, Save Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices,
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,
Rail workers to take further strike action on 14 train operating companies in national dispute
All members involved in the dispute are to take strike action and NOT BOOK ON for any shifts between:   0001 and 2359 hrs on Saturday 26 th  August 2023 0001 and 2359 hrs on Saturday 2 nd  September 2023   The union has been left with little...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike
RMT calls for action on anniversary of Carmont disaster
The report into the fatal derailment of a passenger train at Carmont, Aberdeenshire on August 12, 2020 by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) made 20 recommendations in March 2022 for the improvement of railway safety including the better management of construction activities by...
Region: National
Tagged with: Carmont disaster, safety
Save our ticket offices RMT day of action tomorrow
The union has called two days of action this month for tomorrow and August 16 after the government extended the flawed consultation process to September due to the sheer scale of public support for RMT’s campaign. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: ticket offices, day of action
Tories face a ‘heavy price’ for plans to ‘dehumanise’ the rail network
Commenting on the announcement that more than 315,000 ticket office closure consultation responses had now been received by the passenger watchdogs, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it revealed just how strongly the travelling public felt about plans to dehumanise...
Region: National
Tagged with: Save Ticket Offices, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Taxpayers being used to fund rail dispute to the tune of £1bn
20,000 railway workers have walked out today in a long running dispute over working conditions, job security and pay.   Rail companies have had their losses from strike action covered by taxpayer funded indemnity which has meant there is no financial...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT statement on ticket office consultation extension
Following mass campaigns by RMT, disabled and passenger groups, the train operators and their paymasters in government have been forced to extend ticket office closure consultations until September 1.  Over 1,000 ticket offices are due to be closed with the loss...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office Consultations, Save Ticket Offices,
Station staff threatened with disciplinary action for ticket office campaign
The union is currently encouraging the public to sign petitions and take part in consultations to prevent 1000 ticket office closures.   RMT has warned that it will escalate its industrial response to any threat to dock pay or discipline staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, LNER, Save Ticket Offices
RMT responds to bilateral seafarer agreement
Bilateral agreements with other nations on short sea shipping routes from the UK were part of the Government’s Nine Point Plan in response to P&O Ferries and DP World’s unlawful attacks on 786 UK seafarers and apprentices sixteen months ago.  The...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Seafarers,
Rail companies raking in profit and stripping the railways of money
Train company bosses take little risk with their capital but have benefited from profits before tax, of 126% of the capital invested by rail operators.   65% of profits are locked away in shareholder dividends instead of being redistributed into improving the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Train Operating Companies, Rail Privatisation
RMT suspends strike action on London Underground after progress at ACAS
The tube union has been locked in ACAS talks with TfL, trying to find a resolution to the longstanding pensions jobs and working conditions dispute. After pressure from union negotiators and the threat to bring the capital to a standstill...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, Tube, Strike, TfL
RMT responds to DVSA report on bus fires
Responding to the  DVSA report , RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "This report makes some important recommendations around improved comprehensive and regular maintenance schedules, insisting that operators report fires in a timely manner and better training of drivers to encourage...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Bus Fires
Northern undermine ticket office consultation at stations
Posters have been ripped down and a public petition was removed from Workington station by rail bosses, despite the fact RMT members across the country are actively campaigning to save their jobs.    Over 2000 jobs are being cut, 1000 ticket offices...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Northern, Ticket Office Consultation
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 launch National Day of Action against ticket office closures
In London, the union will hold a mass rally outside Kings Cross station at 6pm while local stations will be leafleted.   The union is encouraging everyone to take part in the consultation, so rail companies and the government understand...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Day of Action, Save Ticket Offices,
Mitie staff on Eurostar begin strike ballot
All RMT members working for Mitie in security at Eurostar will be balloted from July 11 until 1 August.  The member of staff was dismissed from employment by Mitie and the union believes the decision to be wholly unfair.  In a separate...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Mitie, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT responds to public funding for green ships
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:    “We recognise that shipping and every other part of the transport network needs to decarbonise, including the fleets of crew transfer and other vessels delivering clean energy from renewable offshore sources.    “Unfortunately,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Green Ships, Decarbonisation, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT marks 35th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster
This North Sea disaster triggered the Cullen Inquiry, which reported at the end of 1990. Prior to the launch of the Cullen Report, the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives & Safety Committees) Regulations 1989 (SI971) were introduced by the Thatcher Government.   The...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Piper Alpha, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Offshore Workers
Tube workers to take a week of rolling strike action
Different grades and sections of the tube will take strike action from Sunday 23 July until Friday 28 July. The union has been in a long running dispute with TfL over jobs, cuts, and attacks on pensions and working conditions. 600 jobs are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, LUL, Strike
RMT condemns ticket office closures and slashing of station jobs
On the back of their announcement, they are issuing statutory redundancy notices for hundreds of railway workers, something RMT will fiercely oppose.   General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "The decision to close up to 1,000 ticket offices and to issue hundreds...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office Closures, Ticket Offices, Mark Harper, Rail Delivery Group, DfT, National Rail Dispute
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
Save Ticket Offices
Ticket Office broadcast
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, John Leach, Ticket Offices
RMT rejects derisory pay offer for offshore caterers
Members of the offshore union feel insulted by the dreadful offer and RMT officials will be meeting again the employer on July 5 to seek an improved situation. The offer is made up of 2.42% pay rise with only £140 for lodging...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, COTA, Offshore, Pay
RMT reacts to Crown Estate £443m profits
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “These multimillion pound companies have money to spare for lease tenders but have failed, miserably to ensure that the offshore workers contracted to operate their assets are given a pay rise to reflect the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Offshore, Mick Lynch, Crown Estate
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
Bring safety critical tube staff in-house
TUBE Union RMT is calling a protest tomorrow (June 8, 2023) outside London Town Hall in Newham to demand an end to the outsourcing of Safety Critical Track Protection Staff and bring Morson and Cleshar’s Framework workers in-house. The union has written...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Underground, TfL, Mayor of London, Cleshars, Morson, track workers, Tube, LUL
RMT expresses condolences over India railway tragedy
More than 300 are reported dead with 900 injured with the casualty list expected to rise in the coming hours and days.    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The thoughts of everyone within the RMT are with Indian railway workers, passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Indian Rail Disaster,
RMT writes to MPs as 20,000 railway workers' strike
In the letter, Mr Lynch accuses the government of deliberately "squandering billions of pounds on a futile war against the rail unions" and demanding that parliamentarians write to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to insist the government facilitate an improved offer...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Rail, Strike
Track workers on London Underground ‘afraid to raise safety concerns’
Publishing the results of a new survey, workers who perform vital and safety-critical work on London Underground’s track, are engaged through two ‘employment agencies’, Morson and Cleshar, who put them on bogus self-employed contracts that deny them sick pay, holiday,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, tube, LUL, Track Workers, RAIB, Morson, Cleshar, RMT, Mick Lynch
Stork offshore workers take strike action
RMT members working for Stork Technical Services are taking action to get a decent pay offer, changes to rotas and other outstanding conditions of work.   The strike started at 06:30 hours on Thursday 1 June and will last until 06:29 on Saturday...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stork Technical Services, Offshore, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
A message for RMT members
June 1st message  
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
Tory London leader told to apologise over assembly member comments
Earlier this week Mr Devenish via Twitter made allegations against London Underground workers accusing them of 'skiving' and denied there were any staff shortages, despite evidence to the contrary. In a letter to Neil Garratt - Conservative Leader London Assembly, RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, TfL, Tony Devenish,
DHL contract staff vote for strike action on Avanti
The workers who are employed by contractor DHL provide the catering stores for Avanti trains.  They have not been offered a pay rise despite the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation. Members delivered a 97.5% 'yes' vote on a 66% turnout. RMT have...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Avanti, DHL, Caterers, RMT, Mick Lynch
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
Tube workers facing threats of violence.
RMT called on TfL to end its cuts programme, which is forcing repeated station closures across the network, opening staff up to abuse from frustrated passengers.   TfL has had its funding from central government dramatically cut but instead of...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, TfL, Sadie Khan, Mayor of London, RMT, Mick Lynch
Railway workers in the national dispute to take strike action on June 2
The union found the RDG’s previous offer and associated conditions unacceptable and despite contact between the parties since the strike on 13   May, no new proposals have been formulated for the RMT to consider. The strike on June 2 will see...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands government acts to end rail chaos
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written to the Secretary of State for Transport to call for an industry summit of unions, employers and government, with an independent chair if necessary, to end chaos on the railways and resolve the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike
RMT welcomes removal of First from TPE rail contract
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was absolutely right not to renew or extend Transpennine Express's contract which was something the union has long campaigned for.  “First should now also lose its failed Avanti West Coast contract as...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Transpennine Express, TPE, First Group,
RMT slams government plans for longer lorries
Under government plans the lorries will be a maximum of 2.05 metres longer than the current standard sized trailer meaning lorries over 18.5 metres in length.  The longer lorries have been trialled since 2011 and there are about 3,000 already on the roads, but...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Longer Lorries, Road Haulage, Road Freight,
RMT members at train operating companies to take strike action Saturday
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that while the rail companies were threatening passengers and rail workers with cuts, the companies made a fortune during the Covid-19 pandemic. “This strike takes place in the wake of a recent re-ballot of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT marks 21 years since Potters Bar tragedy
On 10 May 2002, a northbound train to Norfolk, derailed at high speed, killing seven and injuring 76 at Potters Bar station leaving part of the train wedged between the station platforms and building structures.  Six of the victims were travelling in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Potters Bar, Rail Disaster, Network Rail, Jarvis, Modernising Maintenance,
RMT members overwhelmingly back further strike action
All the ballots passed the 50 per cent participation threshold imposed by the government’s anti-trade union laws and included massive votes for further strike action.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the overwhelming backing for further strike action across 14 train...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Ballot, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT calls for talks to end the crisis on Scotland’s ferries
The vessel MV Pentalina grounded off the Orkney Islands over the weekend and experienced an engine room fire. All 60 passengers and some crew members were safely transferred to RNLI vessels.  The vessel was brought back into service in the Pentland...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, MV Pentalina, Pentland Ferries, CalMac, SNP
Bus workers survey reveals nearly half have experienced abuse at work
The most common form of abuse suffered was verbal (90%), over a fifth were spat and over 10% experienced physical assault. Racial harassment was experienced by over 10% of staff and over 60% of respondents have had to deal with threats of violence at...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus Workers, Survey, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT rejects proposals as employers torpedo negotiating process
Following further discussions between the union and RDG, the employer issued a clarification on the offer RMT has been considering.   The RDG is now saying they would only implement the first-year payment of 5% if the union terminated its industrial...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike
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,
London Underground strike re-ballot begins
The tube union has been locked in a row with Transport for London and the Mayor for nearly a year, following plans to cut 600 jobs on stations with many more across train operations and maintenance to follow.    Pension plans...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, RMT, Mick Lynch, Jobs, Pensions,
RMT urges London Mayor to end threat of job cuts and pension attacks
The tube union wrote to Sadiq Khan today, emphasising the importance of station staff to the safe running of London Underground and the need for the mayor to resist Tory budget cuts.    In the letter, RMT general secretary Mick...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, Job Cuts, Pension Attacks, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, TfL
RMT responds to ORR data showing 1 in 5 TPE trains cancelled
Passengers endured another period of chaos between March and April, with TPE planning 600 fewer (10%) trains, cancelling or part-cancelling more than 500 and planned cancellation of almost 600 more. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Passengers can’t afford to wait while Mark Harper...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TPE, Transpennine Express, First Group,
RMT demands good conditions for offshore workers amid bumper industry profits
The STUC has revealed that 16,000 jobs were lost 2021 while big offshore energy companies produce high revenues and huge profits which are not retained in Scotland.    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The process for increasing wind capacity needs to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Wind,
RMT slams DfT after it signs off £82 million dividend payments to privateers
This is the despite the fact both companies are part of a major industrial dispute where hundreds of millions of pounds has been used to indemnify them against lost revenue from strike action. FirstRail Holdings Ltd, the holding company for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, DfT, Mark Harper, First Group, Govia, Rail,
Railway cleaners start two day national strike action
RMT members working as cleaners for the likes of Churchill, Bidvest Noonan, and Atalian Servest are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors who are raking in profits worth millions of pounds. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Cleaners, Justice for Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT welcomes public transport and climate report
Responding to the TUC   Public Transport for the Climate Emergency   report, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This is a welcome report that shows investing in public transport is not only vital for fighting climate change but that...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TUC, Public Transport,
RMT update on national dispute with 14 train operators
These meetings were to further discuss the issues of the dispute - in particular Year 2 of the proposal that led to the suspension of strikes and the process of workforce reform.   However, no new document has been produced by the...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, RDG, Rail Delivery Group, Rail
RMT demands stronger workers’ rights on offshore wind farms
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was disappointing that trade unions were not consulted as part of the report, especially as it acknowledges the importance of a just transition to the 50,000 jobs which are expected to be lost...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore, Just Transition, RMT, Mick Lynch
Cleaners across rail network to take 48-hour strike action
RMT members working as cleaners for the likes of Atalian Servest, Churchill and Bidvest Noonan are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors who are raking in profits worth millions of pounds.  The...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, RMT, Mick Lynch, Pay Justice, Cleaners
RMT lambasts P&O Ferries over latest job losses
The news comes just over a year after the disgraced company unlawfully sacked 800 seafarers.   RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is another shameful chapter in the history of P&O Ferries where yet again they show scant regard for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries, Jobs, Maritime
Lifeboat falls off low wage P&O ferry
Accidents involving lifeboats are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities amongst seafarers in the shipping industry.  All crew working on P&O Ferries are low paid agency crew, predominantly recruited overseas by Maltese crewing agent IFM. IFM...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, P&O Ferries, P&O Pioneer, Lifeboat
Thousands of seafarers will miss out on NMW increase
From April 1, the national minimum wage will rise by 9.7 percent from £9.50 to £10.42 for all over 23 year olds.   However, despite the Seafarers Wages Act being passed, it will not come into full force until next year, meaning P&O...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, National Minimum Wage, NMW, RMT, Mick Lynch
ISS workers in weekend walkout on DLR
Revenue protection, cleaners, security and travel safe staff will walk out after rejecting an insulting pay offer of 1.8%.   RMT which represents the workers have highlighted the fact ISS staff on the DLR are underpaid compared to others on TfL...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ISS, DLR, Strike
RMT calls on Scottish First minister to keep ScotRail commitments
The union also called on Mr Yousaf to reverse the decline in Scotrail, by increasing services to pre-pandemic levels, investing in rail infrastructure and ruling out cuts to ScotRail ticket offices and jobs once and for all.   A recent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, SNP, Humza Yousaf
RMT calls for public ownership of buses after government criticised in transport report
£1bn made available to local authorities for their Bus Service Improvement Plans ‘is simply not enough money to produce real improvements in bus services across the whole country’ and that ‘allowing roughly half the country to miss out risks entrenching,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Buses, RMT, Mick Lynch, Bus Service Improvement Plan,
Rail rolling stock company turns taxpayers’ money into dividends
Angel Trains, one of the three ROSCOs who lease trains to the train operating companies, has a parent company registered in the tax haven Jersey, named Willow Topco but, as a result, it’s difficult to see it’s accounts.  However, on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Angel Trains, Rolling Stock, ROSCO, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT launch Railway Work Life and Death project
The data provides a fascinating insight into the past health and safety experiences of RMT members, including risk posed by their jobs and any accidents they were involved in.    Around 25,000 records from the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS)...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway Work, Life and Death Project. RMT, Health & Safety, Mick Lynch
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 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 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 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
RMT slams rail companies ahead of strike
Ahead of another 24 hours of strike action on Saturday across 14 train operating companies in the national rail dispute, the union said First Group which owns TransPennine Express and Avanti were in "complete chaos."   TPE cancellation stats went up from...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, Avanti West Coast, TransPennine Express, RMT, Mick Lynch
70 percent of sacked P&O workers have left the industry
On the anniversary of P&O Ferries dismissing 786 seafarers, RMT release findings of a survey of those who worked for the disgraced company in Deck, Engine, Catering and Onboard Service roles.   The findings are truly shocking, with hundreds of seafarers...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, DP World, seafarers, maritime, RMT, Mick Lynch
Railway Fat Cat pay increases
On the day that rail workers take strike action in defence of their jobs, pay and conditions and railway services new RMT research (below) has revealed that bosses at seven rail companies have awarded themselves annual pay rises of between...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail, Strike
Disgraced P&O owner DP World profits up by 35%
Ahead of the one-year anniversary when P&O unlawfully sacked 786 seafarers, DP World is raking in huge profits and revenues.   The latest preliminary financial results show:   Revenues up 58.9% (£5.262bn) to £14.196bn   Record profits, up 35% to £1.524 bn ($1.839 bn)...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Maritime, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch
Tube strike shuts London Underground
The job losses planned will affect every aspect of the tube including stations and maintenance, leading to the likelihood of more unstaffed stations and a lowering of safety standards.  Workers from across London Underground set up picket lines across most...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, LUL, London Underground, TfL, TubeStrike
RMT urges London Mayor to change course ahead of tube strike
Over 10,000 RMT members will be taking strike action across the tube tomorrow shutting down London Underground.   In his letter to the London Mayor, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch writes:  "As you know, at this moment, London Underground managers are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, LUL, Sadiq Khan, London Mayor, TfL, TubeStrike
RMT 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 sends solidarity to Greek railway workers
Mr Lynch writes: "On behalf of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT Union) I am writing to you to express our deepest condolences and solidarity with the Panhellenic Union of Railways (POS) and all Greek rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Greece, Rail Disaster
RMT suspends Network Rail industrial action
Further updates will be given on aspects of the national rail dispute in the coming days. END Notes: There will be a referendum on the new offer held with further details to be announced.
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike, Network Rail
RMT responds to Scottish Government research on women and girls’ safety on public transport
According to the report, increasing onboard staff on trains and other modes of public transport would "add significantly to women's sense of safety and may lead to an uptake in public transport at night."   The report also found that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotland, Women, Safety
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
Avanti to end at seat catering in another blow for passengers
The cost cutting move will mean standard class passengers will not have the option of an at seat service, serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks.   Instead, they will have to use online "click and collect" from the shop, penalising lone...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, Avanti, At Seat catering, Rail Union
RMT tube strike to take place on 15th March
London Underground Ltd (LUL) have started to impose 600 station staff job losses and have refused to rule out attacks on pensions or ripping up agreements on conditions of work despite discussions with the union.   TfL which ultimately are responsible...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, London Underground, LUL, TfL, Strike, TubeStrike
RMT calls for a new deal for seafarers
According to the  latest figures , the total number of seafarers employed in the UK shipping industry fell by over 21,000. Overall, the number of Ratings jobs fell by 28%, although there was a small increase in the number of UK Ratings.  ...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Maritime, Seafarers, New Deal, Maritime Union
RMT calls for public ownership of Caledonian Sleeper service
Private contractor Serco’s contract to run the service will be terminated in June.   The Transport Minister is making an announcement next Thursday on the Caledonian Sleeper where confirmation is expected on who will own and run the Sleeper going...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish government, SNP, RMT, Mick Lynch
ISS workers to take strike action on DLR
Cleaners, security, revenue protection and travel safe staff will walk out after rejecting an insulting pay offer of 1.8%.  RMT which represents the workers have highlighted the fact ISS staff on the DLR are underpaid compared to others on TfL...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, DLR, ISS, Mick Lynch
RMT criticises role of ORR in rail dispute
Mr Prosser will address 170 RMT safety reps at the union's National Health and Safety conference in York today.   RMT has been critical of ORR’s role during the current national rail dispute for failing to exercise its role as the...
Region: National
Tagged with: ORR, Ian Prosser, RMT, Mick Lynch
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 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
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,
ORR shares RMT safety concerns over Network Rail modernisation plans
During the meeting, representatives of the ORR indicated they shared some of the union's concerns. RMT has repeatedly warned that Network Rail's plans to meet £400m DFT mandated cost savings, are a serious threat to the safe running of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Modernising Maintenance, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands welfare protections for Seafarers in government bill
The Seafarers Wages Bill, in its current form, only provides for a limited extension of the National Minimum Wage to seafarers on international routes from UK ports. The bill should refer to the broader terms and conditions contained in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers Wages Bill, National Minimum Wage, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch,
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 reacts to Shell profits
Reacting to the eyewatering figures, Offshore workers union, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Profits and dividends on this scale when millions of people cannot heat or eat a square meal in their homes demonstrates the remorseless and unjust nature...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Offshore, Energy
RMT wins staff free travel for 5,800 TfL cleaners
London Mayor Sadiq Khan today announced he will extend staff free travel to all sub-contracted cleaners who work on London’s transport system following years of campaigning by RMT.   The union had already won free travel for around 5,000 sub-contracted cleaners...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, London Underground, Cleaners, Mick Lynch, Tube, TfL, Sadie Khan, Mayor of London,
RMT response to Network Rail revised offer
"We have received a revised offer from Network Rail and our NEC will consider its contents. “No decision has been made on the proposals nor any of the elements within them.  "We will now consult members through branch and regional...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Offer, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT dismisses Tory fire and rehire consultation gimmick
Tory Business Secretary Grant Shapps launched the 12-week consultation into fire and rehire practices at a time when the government is handing him the powers to personally decide minimum service levels and who is sacked as a result.   RMT general...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Fire and Rehire, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Seafarers Low Pay Commission
The LPC published its annual report yesterday, confirming that they have recommended to the Government that seafarers are exempt from the accommodation offset for onboard accommodation. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "We are pleased that the Low Pay Commission...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch, low Pay Commission
RMT receives fresh offer from RDG
The union's NEC will now consider the detail within the offer and what next steps to take.   The proposals include detailed documentation covering a range of issues that affect all of our grade groups at these 14 companies and will...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Rail minister admits settling dispute cheaper than allowing strikes to continue
The rail minister was asked if it had cost more to the government and the economy to bankroll the dispute than it would have done to settle it earlier. Mr Merriman replied: “If you look at it in that particular...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch, Huw Merriman
RMT train driver members to take strike action Feb 1 and 3
The decision to strike on February 1 coincides with a TUC day of action where several unions are coordinating their strikes during the cost-of-living crisis.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our negotiations will continue with the rail operators to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Train Drivers, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT writes to London Mayor over tube safety concerns
In a letter to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch highlights a series of incidents where stations have had less than the required staff and, in some cases, no staff at all.   Mr Lynch goes on...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT calls for mass mobilisation against anti-worker bill
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The government has decided to bring in this anti-worker law because it wants to make effective strike action illegal in Britain.   "Trades unionists and democrats from across the political spectrum must come together...
Region: National
Tagged with: Right To Strike, Minimum Services Level Bill, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT calls on Holyrood to come clean over future of Caledonian Sleeper
Private contractor Serco are due to have their contract to run the service terminated in June this year.  However the Scottish government has not announced who will take over or if they will take it into public ownership, like they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonia Sleeper, RMT, Mick Lynch, Scottish Government
RMT response to the anti-strike bill
“This is an attack on human rights and civil liberties which we will oppose in the courts, Parliament and the workplace.   “One of the most important things in any democratic society is to have free trade unions.   “This...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, anti-strike bill,
RMT exposes government’s control of rail dispute
In a briefing published ahead of a meeting with the Rail Minister Huw Merriman, RMT has exposed the fact that far from being a ‘facilitator’ of negotiations, it is the government that is in complete control of the dispute and...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Mick Lynch, Huw Merriman
Train company pandemic profits top £300 million
Private Train Operating Companies at the heart of the long-running rail dispute have made more than £300 million in profits since the government put them on new contracts when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, RMT research reveals.  While rail workers have...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Mick Lynch, Pandemic Profits
RMT calls out government
40,000 workers on Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take action on 3,4,6 and 7 this week, shutting down most rail services across the country.   Despite the union's best efforts over the Christmas period, rail employers have not arranged any formal...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Cleaners strike for fair pay and decent conditions
ISS cleaners on Docklands Light Railway (DLR) are taking strike action on the 30 and  31 December  over pay, imposed rosters and attacks on working conditions.   And across the national railway, over 1,000 contracted out cleaners will take strike action  on 31 December...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Cleaners Union, Mick Lynch,
National Rail Cleaners Dispute Pickets
Hastings Station AM 1000-1400 PM Tbc East Croydon 1000-1400 Kings Cross 0730- 1200 London Bridge Tbc Kings Lynn 1000-1400 Oxley depot (Wolverhampton) 19:30-21:30 Brighton 12:30-15:00 Euston 1000-1200 Cannon street 1000-1500 0700-1100 outside Peterborough station 0800-1200 Piccadilly approach Manchester Crewe 0900 - 1200 crewe Station top Dover priory 0800 -1100 Gillingham 0930-12 30 National Cleaners Dispute
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Cleaners Dispute, Justice For Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, RMT, Mick Lynch
Ministers missing as rail strikes go ahead
Since meeting the minister last week there have been no further scheduled negotiations to try to prevent upcoming strikes on Network Rail. The union has done deals in every part of the railway network where the Department for Transport is...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
Eurostar security staff cancel strike action
Strike action by RMT members working on the Eurostar security contract for Mitie tomorrow (December 22) has been called off after the company made an improved pay offer of over 10 per cent and an uplift of nearly 30 per cent for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Eurostar, Security, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT wins TfW pay award
After intense negotiations and no strike action, RMT members won between a 6.6% and 9.5% pay rise, on the Welsh government owned operator.   RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate members on securing a negotiated settlement on pay and conditions....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TfW, Transport for Wales, Pay Deal, Rail,
RMT agrees to all-industry talks
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the minister requested further talks between RMT and the employers in order to find resolutions. “These meetings will be arranged but in the meantime all industrial action remains in place,” he said.
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT welcomes rock solid 48-hour strike across the railways
RMT is due to meet the rail minister and industry chiefs tomorrow in a bid to come to a negotiated settlement on job security, pay and working conditions on Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch
No to network Rail offer
RMT members from Network Rail have voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest offer from company bosses.   It means that all strike action this week, from 6pm Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27 and into the new year, remains on...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Pay Jobs and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT request talks with Rishi Sunak
Rail union RMT request talks with PM to resolve rail strikes. Letter below. 10 Downing Street London ​ SW1A 2AA     9 th  December 2022       Dear Prime Minister ,   National  Rail strikes   I’m writing to you to ask you...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rishi Sunak, RMT, Mick Lynch
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
RMT survey of Avanti staff
As Avanti mark their third anniversary on the West Coast mainline, RMT has revealed that the troubled operators’s staff have no confidence that much lauded December improvements can be delivered and believe the company has lied to Parliament about the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, RMT, Mick Lynch,
London Underground workers renew strike mandate
RMT members working on London Underground have voted to renew their strike mandate for another 6 months, in a dispute over jobs and pensions. The result was a 94% 'yes' vote on a 52% turnout. The union also breached the 40% 'yes' threshold of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Jobs, Pensions, Mick Lynch
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
Low paid outsourced rail cleaners take their fight to Government
Transport union, RMT is calling on Mark Harper to give a mandate to train operators to end the scandal of outsourcing. Cleaners working on 10 outsourced contracts around the UK rail network voted to take strike action in pursuit of £15...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, Train Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, RMT, Mick Lynch
DOO intervention scandal
Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper repeatedly refused to deny that Number 10 had intervened to scupper a deal in the rail dispute by inserting a precondition that the union accept Driver Only operation.    The Secretary of State was...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mark Harper, DfT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT to put Network Rail offer to members
All strike action planned for December 13,14, 16 and 17 will go ahead as planned.  Furthermore, further strike action will take place and members will be instructed not to book on from between 18.00 hours on December 24 through to 05.59 hours December 27 2022. This strike coincides...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Delivery Group, network Rail,
RMT reject Rail Delivery Group offer
After months of no offer at all from the RDG, finally the DfT gave rail operators a mandate to make a proposal to the RMT. The RDG is offering 4% in 2022 and 2023 which is conditional on RMT members accepting vast changes to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Delivery Group, network Rail,
Railway access for disabled will worsen under ticket office closure plan
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, RMT can reveal that 98% of ticket office staff who took part in our survey say government plans will mean accessing the network will be harder for the elderly and disabled.    A massive...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
Eurostar security staff to strike for 4 days in December over pay
The workers, some of whom earn as little as £10.66 per hour rejected a below inflation pay offer and emphatically voted for strike action with an 81% 'yes' vote.   The strike action will severely affect Eurostar services and travel plans...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Eurostar, Mick Lynch, Strike
RMT accuses government of sitting on their hands in rail dispute
General Secretary Mick Lynch is due to meet the Rail Minister Huw Merriman and rail employer representatives this coming Friday. However, RMT have said the government's "lack of urgency" is "astonishing," given the strike action scheduled to start in two...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike
Railway cleaners name strike dates in pay dispute
Over 1,000 contracted out cleaners working for the likes of Churchill, Atalian Servest and Mitie are eligible to take walkout.    Cleaners are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors - some of whom are...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Justice For Cleaners, Cleaners Strike
Avanti have misled public over their mismanagement of trains
The discredited company have falsely claimed that staff have taken unofficial industrial and that they are improving the situation every week. However, data from the ORR shows that in September into October, they cancelled a higher proportion of a lower...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Cleaners to take part in first national strike
Over 1,000 contracted out cleaners working for the likes of Churchill, Atalian Servest and Mitie are eligible to take strike action.    Cleaners are demanding £15 an hour, company sick pay, decent holidays and good pensions from contractors - some of whom...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Justice For Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Churchill, Atalian Servest, Mitie
RMT win big pay rise in ScotRail
Following our industrial campaign which included two days of strikes, most Scotrail members have won a pay rise of between 7 and 9% backdated to April, an extension of the no compulsory guarantee for 6 years and a series of payments to enhance...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, pay, strike, rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
Tube strike at 7 stations over job cuts
Workers in the Special Requirements Team (SRT) that assist passengers are also striking to protect working conditions and defend work-life balance, The action will disrupt service going to and from the following stations: Kings Cross Euston Victoria Green Park Hounslow...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tube, London Underground, Special Requirements Team, LUL, TfL, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT announces 4 weeks of industrial action
Over 40,000 members across Network and 14 Train Operating Companies will take strike action on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and on January 3,4,6 and 7.   There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from 18 December until 2 January, meaning RMT be taking industrial action...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions,
Train companies cancel negotiations and make no offer in national rail dispute
Similarly, Network Rail has also refused to make any proposals promised at the conclusion of intensive talks last week. RMT suspended strike action on the basis that they would make new proposals by November 17 and it has failed to table...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
Avanti train managers to take strike action Sunday
The disgraced company claims that they are imposing rosters to prevent cancellations. However, bosses continue to cancel trains and those that do run are hugely overcrowded. Controversially Avanti has had its contract renewed on the West Coast mainline despite its...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Train Managers, Strike
RMT marks King's Cross fire tragedy with a rallying call against job cuts
A disastrous fire broke out on 18 November 1987 that claimed the lives of 31 people with 100 more taken to hospital to treat injuries. As a result of the public inquiries that followed, fire safety on the Tube was completely overhauled and this...
Region: National
Tagged with: King's Cross Fire
RMT bus strike to go ahead after company fails to put forward new offer
Despite talks with the company, First South West (FSW) have failed to put forward a new offer on pay and conditions. In an attempt to undermine collective bargaining and undermine the strike, First South West have tried to tell their...
Region: National
Tagged with: First South West, Strike
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
Avanti chaos reaches catering services
Despite promising enhanced catering services on the franchise when it took over from Virgin, Avanti West Coast has cut 175 catering jobs which has led to staff shortages, plummeting levels of service and massive uncertainty.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti, Catering, Chaos
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
First Group profits soar as bus workers lose out
First Group has published its half year results for the six months to September 2022 which shows that operating profits from its continuing operations have increased to £66 million compared to £52 million for the first half of last year.  First...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus Workers, Strike, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT slams eyewatering company profits ahead of potential cleaners' strike
RMT looked at 7 cleaning companies who operate in rail and    found that they made bigger profits in 2021 than in 2019, the year before pandemic.  On aggregate their profits for the year more than doubled on those from 2019.  Many of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cleaners, Justice For Cleaners, Churchill, Mitie, Atalian Servest
RMT criticises Home Office over concession over immigration rules affecting seafarers
The Offshore Wind Workers Concession (OWWC) has been extended until 30 April 2023 – the sixth time it has been prolonged.     In the joint letter RMT general secretary Mick Lynch and Nautilus leader Mark Dickinson wrote:   "This concession has...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore Wind, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch, Nautilus,
TfL refuse RMT's offer to suspend strike action
Tube union RMT, asked TfL to pause job cuts and detrimental pension changes to give both sides the space to come to a negotiated settlement.   RMT proposed to TfL bosses today that they:    - Suspend the implementation of 600 station...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, TfL, London Underground, strike,
RMT suspends rail strikes
Rail union RMT has suspended planned strikes on Nov 5, 7 and 9 and will now enter into a period of intensive negotiations with Network Rail and the train operating companies.   Through a strong industrial campaign so far, RMT has secured unconditional...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT demands fair pay rise for striking bus workers
Bus workers in Somerset and Cornwall will be out on strike Friday 4 November in a dispute over pay. First South West workers are angry that many of them are only paid just over £11 an hour and that bosses only...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, First South West, Bus, bus Workers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT blames broken privatised rail model for train cancellations
The union put the blame for the recent spate of rail cancellations on relying on staff volunteering for overtime because they have not recruited enough railway workers. TransPennine Express (TPE) cancelled over 150 trains in 3 days and is currently in a...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TPE, TransPennine Express, CrossCountry, Train Cancellations,
RMT releases single by music legends Primal Scream and Dexys
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch, who makes a guest appearance on the track, said that the union was extremely pleased with support from musicians like Kevin Rowland, Sean Read, Bobby Gillespie and former the Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Primal Scream, Dexys, Bobby Gillespie, Kevin Rowland, Enough Is Enough!
RMT launches cleaners ballot
The union's survey of 1,000 contracted out cleaners also found that over a quarter have skipped meals (28%), 1 in 3 are relying on credit cards to pay for cost of living and 84% are struggling to make ends meet.   RMT members working for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Cleaners, Churchill, Mitie, Atalian Servest,
RMT 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,
Avanti West Coast train managers take strike action
Controversially Avanti has had its contract renewed on the West Coast mainline despite its appalling track record running the franchise.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Avanti continue to be totally unreasonable in negotiations and seem incapable of taking...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Avanti West Coast, Mick Lynch, Train Managers,
Bus workers take strike action
First Group workers are angry that many of them are only paid just over £11 and hour an that bosses only offered a small uprate to £12 an hour. The company paid out £500m to shareholders in 2021/22 and has an...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, First South West, First Group, Bus, Pay
RMT response to Minimum Service Levels Bill
Legislation is being put forward by the government focused solely on the railways and legally preventing workers from having the right to withdraw their labour. Amongst the new raft of threats being levelled at RMT members includes: Unions will lose...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels Bill, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions
RMT launch strikes on train operating companies in national rail dispute
Strike action will coincide with RMT members on Network Rail, London Underground and Overground who are also walking out. Despite repeated negotiations, the Rail Delivery Group has failed to offer RMT members any offer on pay, jobs and conditions. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT announces new Network Rail strike dates
Rail union RMT will take 3 days of coordinated strike action next month after Network Rail attempted to impose drastic changes in working practices on their staff.   Following intense negotiations with RMT, there was an agreement where the company would...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT to hand in letter to Danish embassy over Orsted dispute
RMT members at Orsted have rejected a paltry pay offer and are set to take further strike action in the weeks and months ahead, unless management reverses its position. In a letter to the Danish government, which will be handed...
Region: National
Tagged with: Orsted, Offshore, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT calls for seafarer legislation fit to fight P&O Ferries
T he government drew up the Bill after 800 directly employed seafarers were sacked by P&O in March and replaced by low paid agency workers.  The Bill is supposed to grant protection to seafarers working in UK waters but the company...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Legislation, Mick Lynch, RMT, Seafarers Union
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
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,
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 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 on Labour Party Rail Nationalisation announcement
"We welcome the Labour Party committing itself to public ownership of the railways.    "Tackling the greed and inefficiency of the private sector in our railways and other public services should be a key priority for the next Labour government. ...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Labour, Louise Haigh, Nationalisation, Rail, Railway,
RMT Victory in campaign for free travel for Tube cleaners
Following a long campaign fought by the union, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has today announced that the cleaners, who are outsourced to US company ABM, will finally get the free travel given to directly employed TfL staff. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Tube, Cleaners, ABM, Sadiq Khan, TfL, London Underground,
RMT to take strike action 10 October on ScotRail
ScotRail bosses have offered 5% but with inflation running at well over 11%, and a cost-of-living crisis that shows no signs of ending, RMT is demanding the company puts forward a decent proposal. The day long stoppage will take place on 10 October,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Strike
Cleaners on Avanti West Coast to strike Friday
Atalian Servest runs the contract and is refusing the union's reasonable demands for a decent wage rise and sick pay for hard working cleaners. Currently cleaners on the contract receive as little as £9.90 an hour and no company sick...
Region: National
Tagged with: Atalian Servest, Avanti West Coast, Cleaners, Justice For Cleaners, RMT, Mick Lynch,
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
Orsted Energy workers to strike for four days
Strike action will take place on 23-24 September and 30th September and 1st of October.   The dispute is over a paltry pay offer of 3.5% from Orsted bosses, amounting to a real terms pay cut with inflation rapidly rising.  Orsted have done little to...
Region: National
Tagged with: offshore, rmt, Mick Lynch, orsted,
RMT to strike across the rail network on October 1st
The 24-hour action which will bring the railway to an effective standstill, comes after the union received no further offers from the rail industry to help come to a negotiated settlement.   In separate disputes, Arriva Rail London members, Hull...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, national rail dispute, Mick Lynch, defend rail jobs pay and conditions,
RMT writes to new Transport Secretary urging fresh approach
Ms Trevelyan was appointed yesterday and is on record as opposing ticket office closures in her constituency.   In November last year, the Berwick MP held talks with rail operator LNER in a bid to reverse its proposals to cut...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, national rail dispute, Mick Lynch, Anne Marie Trevelyan,
RMT reaction to Liz Truss becoming Prime Minister
“This means investment in the railway infrastructure, unshackling Network Rail and the rail companies so we can come to a negotiated settlement on job security, pay and working conditions.   “This would be in the best interests of the travelling...
Region: National
Tagged with: Liz Truss, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT pay tribute to merchant navy seafarers
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “RMT pays tribute to the skills and sacrifice of working-class seafarers who have kept this country safe and supplied since the Merchant Navy was established after the First World War, and for centuries before...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merchant Nay Day, Ratings, Seafarers, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT 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,
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
Tories and rail bosses plan to close 1,000 ticket offices
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the planned closure of nearly 1,000 ticket offices were clearly about protecting the profits of train companies by further de-staffing the rail network. “As well as thousands of job losses this will obviously create...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, We Own It, RMT, Day of Action,
RMT slams decision not to prosecute P&O Ferries
RATINGS UNION RMT has slammed the decision by the Insolvency Service not to press criminal charges against P&O Ferries after it fired nearly 800 employees in March and replaced them with low paid agency workers. Only days earlier the rogue employer...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, DP World, P&O Ferries, Mick Lynch, Grant Shapps
Shapps threatens to impose fire and re-hire
The Tory minister told Sky News that if the dispute cannot be settled “we will have to move to what’s called a Section 188, it’s a process of actually requiring these changes to go into place”.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands government stops blocking settlement
The union insisted that by refusing to meet with RMT while dictating how the train companies conduct the negotiations through a ‘shameful and irresponsible use of taxpayers’ money’. “Your government has made the decision to use taxpayer’s money to bailout...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT strikes on the Tube and Overground
RMT members on London Overground voted overwhelmingly for strike action after rejecting a below inflation pay offer and negotiations with Tube employers have failed to make any progress on cuts imposed by the government.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Tube, Tube Strike, London Underground, London Overground, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT 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 marks two years since Carmont tragedy
Despite the Rail Accident Investigation Branch making 20 recommendations in March earlier this year to improve safety when it reported into the causes of the tragedy, they have not been implemented. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We are extremely concerned...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Carmont, Network Rail, Rail Tragedy, 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,
Strike action on Tube to go ahead
Transport workers on the London Underground and Overground network will take 24-hour strike action in separate disputes on August 19th. Tube workers have been locked in a dispute over attacks to pensions and jobs for over 6 months while Overground workers...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Tube Strike, London Underground, London Overground, Arriva Rail London, Tube, Strike, RMT, Tube 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
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 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
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
Mick Lynch message
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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
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 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
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
RMT confirms national rail strike to go ahead next Wednesday 
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Strike action will take place next Wednesday as planned and our members are more determined than ever to secure a decent pay rise, job security and good working conditions.  “Network Rail have not made...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike, Network Rail
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 for greater protection of railway workers following stabbing
They were taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. At the time of the incident, station staff were ferried into the ticket office where they could be secure from any further attacks. The incident underlines the crucial role...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tilbury Station, Stabbing, Rail Union, 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,
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,
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 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
Merseyrail guards agree historic deal securing 220 jobs
It means the new class of train can be rolled out and the role of the train manager has been protected for the long term future. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We congratulate the dogged determination of our members...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Guard, Conductor
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
Maritime suicides are unacceptably high, and employers must act
Suicide tragically remains a huge issue in the maritime industry.    According to a study from the International Maritime Health journal, an estimated 5.9% of deaths at sea are connected to suicide. Yet, when ‘suspicious’ deaths that were possibly suicides were...
Region: National
Tagged with: Maritime Mental Health, Maritime Safety Week
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,
Maritime Safety Week 2022
RMT will shortly be continuing discussions with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency to continue our discussions on lifeboat safety.  RMT’s key high-level items are: • Maintenance and safety equipment installation and maintenance • Drills- frequency, conditions, location on which drill...
Region: National
Tagged with: Maritime Safety Week, Maritime, Safety, Seafarers, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
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
Day of the Seafarer
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said: "My Union pays tribute to the world's seafarers, particularly our members who are part of a global workforce of 1 million Ratings - they are shipping's backbone.  "The crew change crisis may have abated but employers...
Region: National
Tagged with: Day of the Seafarer
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,
RMT declares dispute over outsourced Underground cleaners
RMT has warned London mayor Sadiq Khan that it would be declaring another dispute on the Underground and balloting for strike action after it emerged that heroic Tube cleaners have been condemned to three more years of outsourcing following what...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Cleaners, ABM, Outsourcing, Justice For Tube Cleaners
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 remembers Falklands attacks
Merchant Seafarer Union RMT today remembered the seven Royal Fleet Auxiliary crew who lost their lives in the attacks on the Sir Galahad and Sir Tristram on 8 June 1982 during the Falklands War. RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “RMT pay...
Region: National
Tagged with: Sir Galahad, Sir Tristram, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, RFA, Falklands,
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
Tube strike shuts London Underground
Trains have remained in depots across the network and RMT activists are reporting huge attendances at picket lines despite heavy rain across the capital. 600 station staff jobs will be lost if TfL (Transport for London) plans go through and RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, TfL, Strike, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
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
RMT demands talks with the Mayor of London
RMT met with ACAS this week but London Underground Limited (LUL) were not interested in trying to settle the dispute. LUL made it clear that not only were they not prepared to change tack and be prepared to compromise but...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, TfL, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Strike
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
4,000 station tube staff to walk out on June 6
General Secretary Mick Lynch said:"TfL is trying to bulldoze through 600 job losses on London Underground and our members are not prepared to accept that. "Station staff play a crucial role in serving the travelling public and were heroes during the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Job Cuts, Station Staff,
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 to ballot for strike action at Orsted
Offshore union RMT is to commence balloting all members at Orsted Walney Operations for industrial action over the victimisation of a member simply for raising questions over serious health and safety infringements. The union is appalled at the actions of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Orsted, Wind Farm, Walney, Victimisation, Health & Safety
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 reveals rail industry’s plan for a cull of ticket offices
RMT understands that government has amended its guidance relating to changes to ticket office opening hours clearing the way for train operating companies to seek to cut or close the majority, if not all, ticket offices at rail stations across...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, Closure, Staff Our Stations, Disabled Access
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
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
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
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
Churchill cleaners to take 11 days strike action over pay
Currently cleaners working on Churchill contracts on GTR, Eurostar, SE trains, and HS1 can earn as little £8.91 an hour. RMT is also demanding company sick pay and free travel for cleaning staff across the network, in line every other...
Region: National
Tagged with: churchill, cleaners, strike
RMT demands withdrawal of new see-through uniforms on Avanti West Coast
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded the withdrawal of new transparent shirts and blouses issued to staff on Avanti West Coast that have sparked a barrage of angry complaints from members. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “We have received a large...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast
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,
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,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 holds ScotRail day of action on 1 April
On Friday 1st April, the day ScotRail enters public ownership, RMT is holding a day of action at 12:00 outside Glasgow Queen Street Station to call on the Scottish Government to create a properly funded rail operator that delivers for passengers,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Day of Action
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 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
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,
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 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 slams Great British Railways as a ‘tawdry vehicle for private looting’
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Great British Railways was becoming a sick joke as it was confirmed Go-Ahead Group’s Govia would be awarded a three year contract to run the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in spite of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia, Great British Railways
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 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
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 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
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 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
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,
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,
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
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
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 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
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 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 calls on Sadiq Khan to end Tube outsourcing
Tube union RMT reacted with fury to the announcement this week, by TfL Commissioner Andy Byford that outsourcing contractor ABM will continue to employ tube cleaners, leaving hundreds of RMT members in the hands of a private company. RMT called...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Sadiq Khan, Tube Cleaners, ABM, Justice for Tube Cleaners,
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
Carmont Rail accident Report
In response to the official investigation into the Carmont Rail tragedy RMT has today called for an urgent rail safety summit of the Scottish and UK Government’s, the rail unions, Network Rail, the rail infrastructure companies and operators to prevent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Carmont, Carillion, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, RAIB, Accident, Tragedy
Scottish Government’s statement on Carmont
Commenting on the Scottish Transport Minister’s statement on the Carmont Rail accident Report, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT has been leading the calls for an urgent safety summit to prevent future rail tragedies, so we welcome the Scottish...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Carmont, Carillion, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, RAIB, Accident, Tragedy, Network Rail
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 condemns fire and re-hire proposals at Wabtec Doncaster
RMT members in Doncaster have negotiated for the last 12 months to try and find a solution to the financial problems faced by the company. However, Wabtec bosses have shown a complete disregard for serious talks and have now informed the...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Wabtec, Doncaster, Fire and Rehire,
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
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
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
West Coast train cleaners to strike 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 further strike action from this evening and into the weekend in pursuit of their campaign for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Atalian Servest, Cleaners,
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
RMT demands response from the maritime industry to decline in UK Seafarers
SEAFARER Union RMT today responded with concern to the latest Government statistics on UK Seafarers which found UK Ratings numbers continued their pattern of stagnation and decline, with very few in training to fill this gap. Mick Lynch, RMT General...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Ratings, Deck Ratings, Numbers, Decline, Jobs,
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
Rail cleaners to strike next week and take their fight to Parliament
As the cost of living crisis escalates, the cleaners, who have put their lives on the line during the Covid-19 crisis to keep trains across London and the South East running, will walk out for a 24 hour strike that will...
Region: National
Tagged with: churchill, cleaners, strike, rally
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
Further action on CrossCountry trains this weekend
RAIL UNION RMT said today that further strike action on CrossCountry trains will go ahead from Saturday over an assault on the safety critical role of senior conductors and train managers after the company snubbed a possible settlement in talks...
Region: National
Tagged with: CrossCountry, Conductor, Senior Conductor, Train Manager, 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,
Heroic West Coast train cleaners announce two 48 hour strikes in fight for pay justice
The cleaners, who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep essential transport services running, are employed by Atalian Servest Limited, a multi-national outsourcing company based in France. The outsourced cleaners are paid £9.68 per hour, less than the Real Living...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Atalian Servest, Cleaners
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
RMT calls for LU to end their deafening silence
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT has called on London Underground to end it's deafening silence over continuing negotiations as the latest phase of Night Tube weekend strike action goes ahead this evening.    General Secretary Mick Lynch said;   "We are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike
RMT Catering survey
A survey of over 1000 rail workers who supply and help sell food and drink on the UK’s railways has revealed that 85% of rail caterers think that the Government and train companies will look to cut catering services and jobs in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Catering, Railway, Survey, Justice for Caterers
Transport and energy workers to protest on 31 January in Edinburgh
Marking the three-month anniversary of the beginning of the COP26 Climate Conference – on 31st January – transport and energy workers are to march to the office of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to protest at the betrayal by the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Carbon Emissions, Edinburgh Demo
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
Ahead of further strike action, RMT seeks urgent clarification on night shifts
TUBE UNION RMT has today written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan seeking urgent clarification of comments made by Deputy Mayor Seb Dance on Monday in which he clearly stated that “It is not the case that drivers will have to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Night Tube, Strike
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 ScotWind announcement
Offshore and seafarer union RMT today responded to Crown Estate Scotland’s announcement of 17 fixed and floating offshore wind projects in Scottish waters in exchange for nearly £700m from developers, including Shell, BP, Total, Spanish-owned Scottish Power Renewables, SSE, Vattenfall and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Offshore, Wind, ScotWind, Energy, Green, Renewables
Next phase of Night ‎Tube strike action goes ahead
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that the next phase of Night Tube strike action goes ahead from the evening through to the early hours of Sunday after LU bosses blocked an attempt by RMT negotiators to make progress in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Night Tube, Strike
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
Action solid over the weekend in night tube dispute
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that action by drivers in a fight to stop the imposition of working practices that would rip apart work life balance remained solidly supported across the weekend. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "Our members...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike
Further Night Tube strike action
TUBE UNION RMT today confirmed strike action goes ahead every weekend on the Night Tube from tomorrow through to June in an on-going fight to prevent the ripping up of staffing arrangements that would wreck the work life balance of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike action
RMT on COVID-linked rail reductions
"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 to services and staffing levels...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Reductions, Staff Shortages
New Years Eve rail strike action solidly supported
Train managers and senior conductors on Cross Country are out in a fight to stop the company from watering down and undermining the role of the‎se safety critical grades and the Gate Gourmet staff in Edinburgh are striking again in...
Region: National
Tagged with: CrossCountry, Cross Country Trains, Gate Gourmet, Strike Action, New Years Eve
New Years Eve rail strike action goes ahead
The New Years Eve action on CrossCountry involves train managers and senior conductors ‎in a fight to stop the company watering down the safety critical role of the guard by using other staff ad-hoc to act up into the grade...
Region: National
Tagged with: CrossCountry, Cross Country Trains, Gate Gourmet, Strike Action, New Years Eve
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,
RMT Edinburgh Gate Gourmet staff united and determined today as they take strike action in fight for workplace justice
Gate Gourmet members at Edinburgh Waverly Members have been instructed not to book on for shifts as follows; • 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Friday 24th December 2021 • 0600 Hours on Friday 31st December 2021 and 0559 Hours on Monday 3rd January 2022 This latest...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Gate Gourmet, Strike, Edinburgh
RMT says strike action on Cross Country trains solidly supported in all depots‎ today
RMT train managers and senior conductors voted overwhelmingly for action as the company has sought to draft in other staff to carry out their roles. Gener‎al Secretary Mick Lynch said; “RMT action is being solidly supported in all depots today...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cross Country, Strike, Guards
RMT confirms further strike action on Night Tube from New Year through to the summer
RMT members on the Central and Victoria Lines will be taking strike action as follows: From Friday 7/1/22 until further notice, not booking on for any duties commencing from 20:30 on any Friday until 08:00 the next day and not booking on for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Night Tube, Strike
RMT DHL strike on the Avanti West Coast contract rock solid for a second day in fight for pay justice
This core group of staff are standing firm in their battle as analysis by RMT reveals that the companies’ parent Groups paid out nearly £2 billion in the last year to shareholders – fuelling anger at the hypocrisy from the...
Region: National
Tagged with: DHL, Avanti West Coast, Strike
RMT says strike action on Cross Country trains goes ahead from tomorrow after company snub settlement in last ditch talks
RMT train managers and senior conductors voted overwhelmingly for action as the company has sought to draft in other staff to carry out their roles. As a result they will be taking strike action as follows: 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cross Country, Strike, Guards
RMT Edinburgh Gate Gourmet staff to take Christmas Eve and New Year strike action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Gate Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action this month, on Christmas Eve and then from New Year’s Eve, in an on-going fight for respect...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Gate Gourmet, Strike, Edinburgh
RMT calls strike action on Cross Country trains from Christmas eve over attack on the guards’ grade
RMT train managers and senior conductors voted overwhelmingly for action as the company has sought to draft in other staff to carry out their roles. As a result they will be taking strike action as follows: 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cross Country, Strike, Guards
RMT DHL members on the Avanti West Coast contract take industrial action tomorrow
As RMT members employed by DHL to provide vital catering services for the Avanti West Coast contract prepare to take industrial action tomorrow in their fight for pay justice, analysis by RMT reveals that the companies’ parent Groups paid out...
Region: National
Tagged with: West Coast, Shareholder
Scottish Government “playing fast and loose with people’s lives” following “swingeing” cuts to rail infrastructure budget
RMT highlighted that these budget cuts come before the final report into the rail disaster at Carmont in Aberdeenshire which is expected in January 2022 and will likely make recommendations for the Scottish Government and Network Rail Scotland to increase infrastructure...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotland, Cuts, Rail
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
Night Tube action goes ahead again this weekend
TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action goes ahead again by tube drivers this weekend over the ripping up of existing agreements and working arrangements which the union says will wreck work life balance by bulldozing through additional night...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Jobs
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
RMT on Mayors warning
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The London Mayors warning tonight that there will have to be a managed decline of the tube and other transport services without a proper funding deal should be a wake up call for anyone who...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Financial Meltdown, Cuts, Covid-19
RMT take SWR cuts protests to Parliament tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT today revealed widespread political opposition to “swingeing” cuts to South Western Railway services as they take protests to Parliament tomorrow to mark twelve months before the Government takes the axe to hundreds of peak and off-peak rail...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Cuts
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
Night Tube action goes ahead again this evening
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has today written to the Mayor of London calling on him to use his political leadership to resolve the bitter dispute over the Night Tube and reverse station staff job cuts that risk the future...
Region: National
Tagged with: Night Tube, Strike
Strike Action on Night Tube Solid
TUBE UNION RMT said that strike action in a fight for workplace justice and to stop the ripping up of Night Tube agreements and working arrangements that would wreck the work life balance of drivers is being solidly supported by...
Region: National
Tagged with: Night Tube, Strike
MPs and Metro Mayor to join RMT Staff our Stations action across the North East next week
RAIL UNION RMT is continuing its Staff our Stations campaign across the North East this week. Following a successful demonstration at Berwick-upon-Tweed station, further demonstrations are taking place at Newcastle Central and Durham stations on the 13th December and Darlington...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Staff our Stations, Demos
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 raises North Sea safety concerns
OFFSHORE UNION RMT today raised concerns over the Government’s failure to prevent a deterioration in safety critical and environmental maintenance standards in the offshore oil and gas industry. In answer to a Written Parliamentary Question tabled by Labour MP for...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Offshore, North Sea, Health and Safety, Safety Critical, Oil, Gas,
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 calls for halt to London Underground cuts
TUBE UNION RMT has called on Transport for London to step in and stop the job cuts on London Underground as new data from Transport for London has shown a rising rate of crime and anti-social behaviour and increasing passenger...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Cuts, Violence,
RMT to ballot all London Transport members
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it will begin a ballot of over10,000 members across all grades after TFL refused to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of an on-going financial crisis driven by...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Job Cuts,
RMT says the ball’s in London Underground’s court
Ahead of more ACAS talks taking place today, RMT has called on London Underground managers to abandon their intransigent stance after another night of strike action over the Night Tube dispute. Friday’s strike action, which the union described as rock...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, LUL, Night Tube, Strike
Staff our Stations action across the North East
Rail Union RMT is stepping up its Staff our Stations campaign across the North East, with a number of demonstrations at key stations commencing on Monday 6th December at Berwick-upon-Tweed station, followed by Newcastle Central and Durham on the 13th...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Staff Our Stations, Station Staff, Ticket Offices
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
Night Tube action rock solid
TUBE UNION RMT said that strike action in a fight to stop the ripping up of Night Tube agreements and working arrangements that would wreck the work life balance of drivers, is rock solid again tonight . RMT General Mick Lynch...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike
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,
Night Tube action goes ahead tomorrow
TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action goes ahead again by tube drivers tomorrow over the ripping up of existing agreements and working arrangements in advance of the Night Tube reopening which the union says will wreck work life...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike
RMT suspends East Midlands Railway strike
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has suspended East Midlands Railway strike action by ‎Senior Conductors ‎ and Train Managers this weekend to allow for talks on new union proposals but has warned of further action later this month...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Senior Conductors, Train Managers, Class 360, Strike Action
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
RMT advises members to protect their personal safety
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said that it's advising all members to ensure that they protect their own personal safety and the safety of their colleagues as a priority as masks become compulsory on transport services in England. The union has warned...
Region: National
Tagged with: Face Masks, Covid-19, Safety,
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,
Tenth anniversary of the MV Swanland tragedy
SEAFARERS’ UNION RMT today paid tribute to the memories of the six crew members who lost their lives when the 34-year old cargo ship MV Swanland sank off the North Wales coast on 27 November 2011. RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said;...
Region: North West
Tagged with: MV Swanland, Sefarer, Safety Standards, Tragedy
RMT writes to Mayor about Night Tube statements
TUBE UNION RMT has written to Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, today to express the union’s deep disappointment at ‘incorrect statements’ he made on Twitter this morning that are a total misrepresentation of the facts around the Night Tube dispute....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, Night Tube, LUL, Strike
Tube strike action rock solid
TUBE UNION RMT said that strike action, which began in the early hours of this morning in a fight to stop the ripping up of Night Tube agreements and working arrangements that would wreck the work life balance of drivers,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike
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
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
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
Night Tube strike goes ahead tomorrow
TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action goes ahead by tube drivers tomorrow over the ripping up of existing agreements and working arrangements in advance of the Night Tube reopening which the union says will wreck work life balance...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike
RMT Night Tube action goes ahead
TUBE UNION RMT has confirmed that action goes ahead by members over what it describes as the imposition of unacceptable and intolerable demands on staff in advance of the Night Tube reopening which the union says will wreck work life...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Night Tube, Strike,
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
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,
RMT submission for Annual Cleaning Excellence Awards
RMT, the UK’s specialist transport union, has called on the judges of this year’s Cleaning Excellence Awards to acknowledge that the high performance and heroism of cleaners throughout the Covid crisis must be rewarded with pay rises. The union has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Cleaners, Cleaning Exellence Awards, Justice for Cleaners,
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
East Midlands Railways staff to strike again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Train Managers and Senior Conductors on East Midlands Railway will be striking again in separate disputes. The action is taking place after the union suspended ongoing strike action and participated in weeks of negotiations which...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Conductors, Train Managers, Strike
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 action over Night Tube reintroduction
TUBE UNION RMT has called action by members over what it describes as the imposition of unacceptable and intolerable demands on staff in advance of the Night Tube reopening which the union says will wreck work life balance by bulldozing...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, Night Tube, Strike,
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
RMT warns of growing bus worker crisis
BUS UNION RMT today revealed that new data published by the DfT confirms the stark recruitment and retention crisis facing the deregulated and privatised bus industry in England as low pay and poor conditions force a mass exodus of staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Driver, Worker
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 criticises the Chancellor for failing British seafarers
SEAFARER Union RMT today criticised the Chancellor’s proposals for Tonnage Tax reform announced in the Budget which made no reference at all to jobs or training for UK Ratings: RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Tonnage Tax was already a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, UK Ratings, Tonnage Tax, Red Ensign, Tory Government, Rishi Sunak,
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,
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,
Rail cleaners take their fight for justice to HQ
Outsourced cleaners employed by Churchill and cleaning trains and stations across London and the Southeast will take their fight for justice to their company headquarters on Monday morning as they fight for a better deal for the people who have...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern
RMT on cross-party on green jobs
From the unions AGM in Leeds Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “We welcome the Environmental Audit Committee’s report, which identifies the need for labour market regulation and investment in public transport to support the hundreds and thousands of good,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Green Jobs, Net Zero, Just Transition,
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
RMT suspends Stagecoach South West strike action tomorrow
Bus union RMT has confirmed that all strike action on Stagecoach South West tomorrow has been suspended to allow members to have their say on a revised offer received from the company in last ditch talks today.
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Stagecoach, Industrial Action, South West
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle today as Scottish rail workers step up fight for pay justice during COP26
General Secretary Mick Lynch said "Our members are standing firm across Scotland again in this on-‎going fight for workplace justice. It comes at the end of a week when our members voted by a massive majority to strike throughout COP26...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Strike
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
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 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,
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
Electricity price hike threatens rail freight
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that a 200% increase from Network Rail on electricity charges to rail freight operators risks wrecking the industry while jacking up the use of diesel on both rail and road – making a nonsense of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Electricity Charges, Electricity Costs, Diesel,
RMT on Bus Driver shortages
Bus union RMT has responded to reports today that the bus industry is the latest sector facing a chronic workforce shortage as low pay and poor working conditions force drivers and other staff to seek work elsewhere with dire consequences...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Drivers, Shortage
Urgent questions for Govt over Southeastern
Britain’s biggest specialist transport union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps calling for urgent answers to questions raised by the DfT’s contracts with Southeastern railways and other train companies after the Department was forced to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Go-Ahead, Rail Franchise, OLR, Nationalisation,
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 demands an immediate halt to rail service cuts
RAIL UNION RMT today called upon the UK and Scottish Governments to immediately intervene to put a halt on planned cuts to rail services and jobs in the rail industry as new statistics show a massive increase in rail passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: South Western Railway, ScotRail, Network Rail, Rail Cuts,
RMT on Johnson speech
RMT says Johnson speech on high skill, high wage workforce a million miles from the reality of pay freezes, exploitation and skills shortages that threaten transport services General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Its hypocrisy in the extreme for the prime...
Region: National
Tagged with: Boris Johnson, Conservative Conference, Tory Government,
Boris Johnson’s bluster
RMT, the union for UK seafarers, today released figures showing that Boris Johnson’s bluster on Tories supporting UK employment and wage growth is blown away by statistics revealing a massive decline in UK seafarer employment, compounded by poverty wages in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Ratings, Boris Johnson, Conservative conference, Tory Government, UK
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
Campaign coalition calls on the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to block the proposed ScotRail service cuts
As the public consultation over Abellio ScotRail’s proposed timetable closes today, Friday 1st October, a coalition of unions and passenger, environmental, pensioner and campaign organisations have written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to call on her to intervene and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Cuts
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 UK crew on Dogger Bank support vessels
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “It’s good news that these state of the art service vessels will be built by Alicat of Great Yarmouth. Seafarers should also welcome this news which is a big step in building local jobs...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Alicat, Dogger Bank, Wind Farm, Offshore
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,
World Maritime Day
On World Maritime Day seafarers’ union RMT has called for support for those working across the industry facing continuing threats to their livelihoods as we move forwards from the COVID pandemic. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “On World Maritime...
Region: National
Tagged with: World Maritime Day, Seafarers
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 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 calls for Fraud Office investigation
Britain's main rail union today called for a Fraud Office investigation into Bri‎tain's privatised railways after it emerged today that Govia SouthEastern had misused taxpayer money to the tune of £25 million - leading to them being kicked off the railway...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Fraud Office,
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
East Midlands Railways staff united again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that East Midlands Railways staff are standing united and determined again today in their on-going fights for workplace justice and safety. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “The determination of our members in the fight for...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Conductors, Train Managers, Strike
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,