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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 supports MP’s call to protect public-facing staff
Nearly 60% of rail, bus and ferry workers have been subjected to verbal or physical attack since the start of the Coronavirus according to the results of a new survey released today by maritime and transport union RMT.    The survey...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Workplace Violence, Olivia Blake
RMT warns of sustained national industrial action
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch today warned of sustained industrial action across regional and national transport network as news of a half billion pay out to shareholders of rail and bus giant FirstGroup emerges. FirstGroup is the parent company of...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, SWR, South Western Railway, Covid-19, Industrial Action
COVID conspiracy posters on rail and Tube
RAIL,TUBE AND BUS UNION RMT today called for the strongest possible action against anti-vaxers and COVID conspiracy theorists found lacing their posters with razor blades ‎in order to injure anyone trying to remove them. The anti-vaxers are known to be...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, Tube, Bus, Covid-19, Anti-vax, Posters, TfL, Transport for London
RMT campaign to stop wholesale post-COVID rail cuts
RAIL UNION RMT said today that is stepping up the campaign against a cynical and opportunist wave of post-COVID cuts to jobs and services on Britain's railways – warning that savage proposals being drawn up by both Scotrail and South...
Region: National
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, ScotRail, Abellio, Cuts, Covid-19,
RMT to fight rail industry job cuts
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to fight a wholesale jobs cull across the industry that kicks off for some Network Rail managerial grades today with others set to follow. RMT's executive has committed to a campaign...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Job Cuts, Rail Industry, Voluntary Severance Scheme, Covid-19, Train Operating Companies
RMT slams government hypocrisy over rail Covid Heroes
RAIL UNION RMT has slammed the rank hypocrisy of Boris Johnson and his government after they lauded Avanti West Coast staff as Covid Heroes at a Downing Street reception yesterday whilst at the same time driving a pay-freeze for those...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Workers, Covid-19, Pay Freeze
RMT calls for support for ferry workers
FERRIES’ UNION RMT today responded to the First Minister’s announcement that Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland would be moving to ‘beyond Level 0’ from Monday 9th August. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Ferry workers in Scotland must be supported with...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Clyde and Hebrides, Social Distancing, Face Masks
RMT demands clarification on isolation scheme
TRANSPORT UNION RMT‎ has demanded urgent clarification and discussions on the reported expansion of isolation exemptions for some transport workers, warning that the failure to brief unions on the plans risks sewing more confusion and doing more damage. General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: Isolation Exemption Scheme, Covid-19, Transport Workers, Self Isolation,
RMT on staff isolation exemptions
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT will give consideration to proposals from companies on critical workers exemptions but nobody should be under any illusions about how fraught with difficulty and potential danger any system will be to operate in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Self-Isolate, Exemption Scheme, NHS App, Test and Trace
Transport for Wales rail services become dangerously overcrowded
RMT has written to the Welsh Government Minister responsible for Transport for Wales, Julie James, demanding urgent action to prevent further passenger abuse and mistreatment of rail staff because of a shortage of train carriages covering holiday/ daytrip destinations. The...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Welsh Government, Covid-19, Overcrowding
RMT warning of total chaos on eve of "Freedom Day"
Transport union RMT has warned that wholly bogus Government claims that rail and tube are part of a programme ‎of COVID testing rather than isolation is sewing widespread confusion amongst the workforce and risks unleashing total chaos on the eve...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Freedom Day, Social Distancing, Mask Wearing,
RMT responds to Rail Delivery Group
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The Government's botched handling of their so called "freedom day" on Monday will see hundreds of thousands of passengers unleashed on rail, tube and buses without masks or other basic COVID measures. " It's inevitable that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, App, Self Isolation, Rail Delivery group
RMT warns of further surge in self isolation
TRANSPORT UNION RMT warned today that the current surge in people being pinged with self-isolation instructions will jack up again on Monday due to the Government's confused and conflicting messaging with respect to mask wearing and other COVID safety measures...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Self-Isolation, Social Distancing, Mask Wearing,
RMT warns of threat of violence to staff
Transport union RMT warned today that staff on services will be placed at danger of abuse and assault due to the botched, confused and inconsistent messaging over face coverings. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Whilst we welcome the approach from...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Public Transport
RMT responds to rail regulator report
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road’s annual report into Network Rail’s performance and safety. The report, which details Network Rail’s record over the last 12 months praises the rail industry for its response...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Covid-19, Rail Regulator, Office of Rail and Road, Health and Safety
RMT slams "reckless and irresponsible gamble"
Responding to the Health Secretary’s latest announcement RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a reckless and irresponsible gamble with the health of millions. “It is beyond belief that we today see a health minister and prime minister announcing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Face Masks, Social Distancing, Transport Workers,
RMT warns of “fatal folly” of removing transport Covid protections
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford RMT has today warned of the fatal folly of removing Covid transport protections. The warning comes as governments are finalising changes to Covid-19 protections. In the letter (below) to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Public Transport, Cleaning, Face Masks, Social Distancing,
RMT's warning over Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant
With confirmation from the Government that the Covid-19 Bus Services Support grant will end in August 2021 and be replaced by a lower level of ‘recovery funding’ from September 2021 until April 2022, bus union RMT has warned that with passenger numbers still...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Service Support Grant, National Bus Strategy, Bus
RMT responds to latest Government Covid confusion
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Yet again there's a real danger of the government making up policy on the hoof on critical issues and that is reflected in the comments of ministers this morning. “Back in the real world...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Travel Industry, Guidance
RMT agrees to participate in Rail Industry Recovery Group processes
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will continue to participate in the processes set out in a statement by the joint-industry Rail Industry Recovery Group – the group convened in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. RMT's executive has...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Industry Recovery Group, RIRG, Covid-19
RMT warns East Midlands Railway
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said "East Midlands Railway are once again demonstrating safety for its passengers and staff are of little concern as it repeats the mistakes this Bank Holiday weekend of the St Pancras overcrowding and lack of...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, St Pancras, Covid-19
RMT warns of new Dark Age for London Transport
RMT warned today that the Tories will inflict a new Dark Age on London’s transport network if they impose more cuts on TfL as the price of providing a new bailout package. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Rumours abound...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, Transport for London, Funding, Covid-19
Privateers make £88 million in 6 months
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that private train operating companies are looking at a future of easy guaranteed profits at taxpayers’ expense while staff face pay and job cuts, after the union published research showing that rail privateers made £88...
Region: National
Tagged with: Great British Railways, Covid-19, DfT, Department for Transport, EMA
RMT calls for zero tolerance of any breach of Covid safety measures
As lockdown measures ease today and passenger numbers rise, transport union RMT has a issued warning regard to transport staff safety. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “The Government and transport authorities must be clear to the travelling public about...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport, Lockdown,
London Labour politicians support bringing Tube cleaners back in-house
In the week that London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a firm manifesto commitment to explore bringing the London Underground’s multi – million-pound cleaning contract in house, a new poll of London Labour councillors has found overwhelming support to end the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, Cleaners, Justice for Tube Cleaners, Sadiq Khan, Labour Party, Covid-19
RMT move to ballot members over strike action at Stena Line
A company sick pay scheme, agreed with the recognised trade unions, was in place for seafarers and port workers in Stena Line until the start of the pandemic when the employer unilaterally scrapped it, forcing staff infected with or displaying...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stena Line, Sick Pay, Covid-19, Seafarers, Port Workers,
RMT set for nationwide rail dispute
RMT today declared it was moving to a “national dispute” footing with Network Rail after it revealed the Government controlled company is planning for thousands of job losses by this September and a wholescale dilution of safety standards, including a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Covid-19, Maintenance, Rail Strike, Grant Shapps, DfT,
RMT warning over new Government proposals
Carilllion union RMT warned today that proposed measures to tighten up the audit, dividend and bonus culture after the devastating collapse of a number of household names, with dire consequences for the workforce, may not be enough to reign in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Carillion, Covid-19, Bandit Capitalism, Jobs, Pay, Pensions
RMT calls on the Scottish Government to stop the excuses
Ahead of a statement in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday at which the Scottish Government is expected to set out its plans for the ScotRail franchise when the Abellio contract ends in March 2022, Rail Union RMT is reiterating its calls...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, SNP, Scottish Government, Covid-19
RMT statement on publication of new DfT Bus Strategy
“RMT has long called for the creation of a National Bus Strategy to address the massive decline in the bus industry since it was deregulated in the 1980s and we welcome the Government’s acceptance that this is necessary for local...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, DfT, Bus Strategy, Go-Ahead, Bus
RMT calls for radical action on buses
Commenting following the full publication of ‘Bus Back Better – National Bus Strategy for England’ which commits the Government to a review of the ban on local authorities setting up new municipal bus companies, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, DfT, Bus Strategy, Go-Ahead, Bus
RMT set to declare dispute with Rail Gourmet
RAIL UNION RMT has today condemned catering firm Rail Gourmet for pursuing members at their Edinburgh depot who have tested positive for Covid-19 to attend disciplinary hearings for raising related health and safety concerns while they are in isolation and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Gourmet, Great Western Railway, Edinburgh, Justice for Caterers
RMT demands end to CalMac pandemic pay betrayal
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT today wrote to the Minister for Islands, Energy and Connectivity, Paul Wheelhouse MSP demanding that he meet the union to correct a pay injustice for key workers at public sector ferry company CalMac. RMT is in...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pay Dispute, Ferries,
RMT responds to Go-Ahead Group profits
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It's beyond belief that despite the pandemic these private train companies are still extracting fat profits and dividends out of the rail‎ network while staff at the front line are confronted with threats of a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, Southern, Southeastern, Gatwick Express, Covid-19,
Government must use powers to prevent Go-Ahead paying dividend
As rail giant GO-AHEAD has announced its intention to pay a dividend, RMT is writing to the government to say it should use its powers to prevent such pandemic profiteering. In a statement today the company said, “The Board continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, GTR, Govia, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink, Covid-19
RMT welcomes London Travelwatch report
TRANSPORT UNION RMT welcomed the publication of London Travelwatch’s report into the future of public transport in the capital but warned that without a change of approach from Government toward TfL it will go nowhere. The union pointed to recommendations...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Travelwatch, Transport for London, TfL,
RMT responds to Isle of Man lockdown
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “Whilst we support the Manx Government’s move, it is important to remember that Isle of Man Steam Packet workers have kept the island’s people, health services and businesses supplied with food, medical equipment and...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Covid-19, Isle of Man, Steam Packet, Ferries
RMT protest at Lewisham rail station this morning
RAIL UNION RMT is holding a protest outside Lewisham rail station this morning demanding urgent action in the wake of a surge of COVID-related assaults on staff. Lewisham March 2, 2021 In one incident alone last month a member of staff was...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Lewisham, Assaults, Southeastern, BTP
RMT research reveals COVID corporate cash grab scandal
As the Government increases passenger rail fares by 2.6% today, new research by RMT reveals that the private train operating and rolling stock companies’ profits from last year stand to be equivalent to 15 pence of every pound passengers paid on fares...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, TOC's, Train Operating Companies, ROSCO's, Rolling Stock Companies, EMA, Emergency Measures Agreement, ERMA, Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement, DfT, Privatisation, Tory Government
RMT renews demands for all rail services to be renationalised
RAIL UNION RMT today renewed its demands for all rail services to be taken into public ownership after the public owned Operator of Last Resort (OLR) was given a 5 year extension to its running of Northern. On the same day...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern Trains, Northern, Operator of Last Resort, OLR, Rail Fares, Covid-19, DfT, Rail Nationalisation
RMT on COVID-related assaults at Lewisham station
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding urgent action in defence of staff safety at Lewisham railway station in the wake of a surge of COVID-related assaults on staff. The demands have been issued following a meeting with station operator Southeastern yesterday....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Southeastern, Lewisham Railway Station, Assualts, Lone Working
COVID quarantine exemptions for offshore workers
OFFSHORE UNION RMT today responded to the Scottish Government’s amendment to quarantine legislation to exempt offshore oil and gas workers returning to Scotland from or via a non-acute country. RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said; “This is a sensible move...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Offshore Worker, Quarantine, Oil, Gas
RMT warns of jobs, pay and pensions carve up
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the Department for Transport is gearing up for an all-out assault on jobs, pay and pensions as it has emerged that it is advertising for a paid-up union buster to take on the workforce....
Region: National
Tagged with: Department for Transport, DfT, Covid-19, Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Transport workers are Essential workers
RMT issues new warning of a cocktail of dangers for bus driver safety
BUS UNION RMT has issued a new warning over bus driver safety as the Government confirms mass opening of schools on 8 March. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members who have direct experience of the way the return to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus, Bus Driver, DfT, Department for Transport, Grant Shapps
RMT says no more excuses – bring Scotrail into public ownership
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “There is no excuse at all for the SNP to drag their heels over bringing Scotland's railways into public ownership. Wasting time and money on consultations is just a smokescreen for their inaction. “Rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, ScotRail, SNP, Nationalisation
RMT demands suspension of on-train ticketing duties
RAIL UNION RMT is today demanding that the Government immediately suspends on-train revenue protection and ticket inspection across all Train Operating Companies, after a survey of RMT on-board staff indicates that 7 out of 17 Train Operating Companies (TOCs) operating through national...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Train Operating Companies, TOCs, On-Train Ticketing, Rail
RMT on Environmental Audit Committee’s report
Commenting on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report ‘Growing Back Better’, published today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Committee has rightly recognised the vital role that the UK’s public transport network has in our economic recovery from Covid-19 and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Environmental Audit Committee, Growing Back Better, Public Transport, Bus, Rail, Taxi, Shipping, Ferry,
RMT calls for escalation of priority and protection for transport workers
With the news at the weekend that the initial phase of the COVID vaccination programme has hit its targets RMT called this morning for an escalation in priority for transport staff and other essential workers to ensure that those groups...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport workers, Covid vaccine, Rail, Bus, Taxi, Shipping, Transport,
RMT warns of quarantine chaos in key industries
RMT has raised its concerns after the DfT convened an emergency summit covering the maritime and offshore industries at short notice this afternoon to outline the Governments plans. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “The Department for Transport has consulted...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Red List, Quarantine, Seafarers, Offshore, Maritime, DfT
RMT warns that travel confusion increases threat to Eurostar
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that the Government’s confused and contradictory messages over travel plans this summer increases the risk of financial collapse at the vital Eurostar rail links to the continent and piles pressure on Britain's ferry services. RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Save Eurostar, Covid-19, Ferries, UK Ferries
Save Eurostar campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a formal campaign to SAVE EUROSTAR as fear grows that a political stand off at national government level risks leaving the future of the vital green link to the continent ‎under threat as the service...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Emergency Funding
RMT demands clarity over South African variant on TFL and Merseyrail
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it has written to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, demanding action after the union revealed that both TfL and Merseyrail are instructing staff in the postcodes impacted by the South African variant of COVID-19...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, South African Variant, Grant Shapps, Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Merseyrail
RMT blasts TfL over South African variant
RMT has written to TfL Commissioner Andy Byford condemning its guidance that workers in postcodes being targeted for surge testing aimed at bringing the South African variant of Covid19 to heel, should come into work as normal. Last night the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: TfL, Transport for London, Covid-19, London Underground, Tube
RMT on Labour call for Transport worker Covid safety forum
Commenting on Labour’s call for the Government to convene a transport worker Covid-19 safety forum with unions and operators, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes Labour’s demands for the Government to convene a transport industry forum with unions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Worker, Safety Forum, Labour,
Transport Workers are Essential Workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that it will be launching a fresh wave of campaigning under the banner TRANSPORT WORKERS ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS as threats of pay freezes and possible attacks on jobs and conditions emerged in Government briefings over...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Workers are Essential Workers, Covid-19, Transport Staff, Job Cuts, Pay Freeze
RMT on Wightlink's reluctance to take up taxpayer support
WIGHTLINK UNION RMT expressed shock and disgust today over lifeline ferry company Wightlink’s dismissal of public funding which could help ease the financial pressure created by the pandemic. The union is currently in dispute with the company and has announced...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Wightlink, Ferries, Covid-19, Strike Action,
RMT bus worker survey reveals “wild west approach”
Days after the ONS published figures which showed that male bus workers are at an increased risk of dying from Covid-19 a new RMT survey of bus workers reveals a “wild west approach” to enforcing Covid-19 safety regulations and measures...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Workers, ONS, Office of National Statistics
RMT Government call over Tyne and Wear Metro
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to step in and approve funds that will provide long-term stability to the struggling Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro, which carried 36 million passenger trips in 2018/19 and serves...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Tyne and Wear Metro, Grant Shapps, Nexus, Covid-19, Tory Government
RMT warns of “complacent and callous” approach
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has today warned that a complacent and callous approach to the increased threat from COVID-19 is leading to a surge in deaths and illness of transport workers. The union says feedback it has received reveal the number...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Workers, Transport Workers, Grant Shapps
RMT on Bus and Taxi driver COVID mortality rates
Commenting on today’s ONS figures which showed that male bus and coach drivers and male taxi drivers are two of the occupational groups with high rates of Covid-19 deaths, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “These figures are a tragic...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Drivers, Taxi Drivers, Mortality Rates, Vaccination,
RMT on Nottingham Linkbus funding proposals
BUS UNION RMT is today calling on Nottingham City Council to reverse its proposals to cut funding for Nottingham’s Linkbus Network, amid fears that the significant funding cut would lead to service cuts. The Council’s draft budget shows that it...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Nottingham, Linkbus, Nottingham City Council, National Bus Strategy, Covid-19
RMT pays tribute to army of workers
RAIL UNION RMT has paid tribute to the army of workers who have battled to keep services running overnight in appalling conditions and has repeated the call for the Government to ensure that the transport workforce are clearly identified as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Key Workers, Storm Christoph, Rail, Railway
RMT calls for urgent action to prevent Eurostar collapse
It is reported today that insiders are warning that the operation could run out of cash as early as the spring as passenger numbers have plunged by 95% as as result of the pandemic with worse to come as Britain closes...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Open-Access Rail Operators, Collapse
RMT statement on TFL Financial Sustainability Plan
“This Financial Sustainability Plan is a massive missed opportunity and a capitulation to Tory austerity. TfL could have used this moment to aggressively make the case for setting its funding on a completely new basis, recognising the failure of fare...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Financial Sustainability Plan, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Covid-19, London Transport
RMT pledges national fight for COVID-safe working on Britain's railways
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is kicking off a new fight for COVID-safe working practices on Britain's railways after being presented with proposals through the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum that the union says will place lives on the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, RICF, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Railway, Covid-safe working,
RMT on confirmation of COVID rail route and capacity cuts
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is vital that we keep services running to transport essential workers whilst maintaining the safest possible practices to protect both staff and passengers in light of the serious threat posed by the virulent new...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Delivery Group, Rail Routes, Network Rail
RMT demands full disclosure of TFL Financial Sustainability Plan
As part of the deal made at the end of last year, Sadiq Khan agreed to submit to the DfT proposals for returning the body to ‘financial sustainability’ following the devastation of its finances by the Covid-19 pandemic. This plan...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Financial Sustainability Plan, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Covid-19, London Transport
RMT demands urgent action to protect TfL workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT is demanding immediate action by Transport for London amid the surge in London’s cases of Covid infection and the rise of new variant Covid and the deaths of at least three TfL workers in recent days. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, TfL, Transport for London, London Underground, Tube, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
RMT declares dispute on Cross Country trains
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today ‎that it has declared a dispute on Cross Country trains over the failure of the company to revise its procedures and risk assessments in light of the emergence of the new COVID variant. Cross Country’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cross Country, Covid-19, Revenue Staff
RMT announces dispute with Stena Line over pandemic sick pay
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members on Stena Line ferries and ports are among the key workers who will once again be straining every sinew to keep our maritime supply lines running as the resurgent Coronavirus threatens our...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Stena Line, Covid-19, Sick Pay, Dispute, Ferries
RMT responds to speculation over rail capacity issues
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said; “There is a meeting of the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum on Thursday and I will be expecting a full report on capacity and staffing plans in light of the move back into lockdown. We...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Lockdown, Rail Capacity, Rail Industry
RMT slams company for failing to take new variant of COVID seriously
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to management on East Midlands Railway demanding that they stop ignoring the science, start taking the threat to lives posed by the new variant of COVID-19 seriously and take immediate action to review and rewrite...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Covid-19, Safe-Stop, EMR, Abellio
RMT issues renewed COVID guidance to members
SPECIALIST TRANSPORT UNION RMT today issued fresh guidance to members across all sectors reminding them of their right to a safe working environment as the new strain of COVID 19 ramps up the risks to staff and passengers alike. In the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Guidance, Members, RMT
New year message to RMT members
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "No one could have predicted at the start of 2020 that we would experience a year like the one we are now closing the book on. "Transport workers have found themselves right in the front...
Region: National
Tagged with: New Year Message, Mick Cash, RMT, Members, Covid-19, Transport Union
RMT calls for travel refunds on open-access services
RAIL UNION RMT is today seeking urgent confirmation that the Government will fund Christmas travel refunds on open-access operators’ Hull Trains and Grand Central services, following the recent change in Covid-19 regulations. The Government has said it will ‘provide cash...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Open-Access Rail, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Travel Refund, Covid-19
RMT calls for urgent Government support
RMT calls for urgent Government support to protect Eurostar and ferry jobs and services as COVID crisis deepens Eurostar and ferries union RMT called today for urgent and decisive Government action to support and protect thousands of jobs caught in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Eurostar, Ferries, Covid-19
RMT on impact on transport of latest Government COVID-19 measures
"The scenes of overcrowding and chaos on rail services last night were a disgrace and must not be repeated. They reflect the shambolic approach of the Government that has been a hallmark of their management of the COVID pande‎mic. Our...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tier 4, Transport, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Tory Government
RMT demands urgent action over botched COVID deep-clean on GWR
GWR has already been hit by surging COVID rates amongst staff that had led to an amended timetable. The deep-clean was supposed to be part of the remedy to on-going issues but reports from the mess rooms by RMT members...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Great Western Railway, GWR, Covid-19, Deep-Clean, Safe Stop Request
RMT responds to Freight statistics
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to The Office of Rail and Road’s quarterly rail freight statistics that show the rail freight sector making a slow recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis during the second quarter of 2020 (July to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Office of Rail and Road, ORR, Covid-19
Coalition call for public ownership of Scotland’s railway
A coalition of organisations and MSPs have today joined together to write to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to call for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership from January 2021, when the Scotrail and Caledonian...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Abellio, SNP, Covid-19, Scotland
RMT on news that Scottish Government to consult on future of rail franchising
“It’s no coincidence that on the same day that a coalition of organisations and MSPs have called for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership, it has announced that it is reviewing its franchising policy....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Abellio, SNP, Covid-19, Scotland
RMT to Ballot Stagecoach East Midlands Bus drivers
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun sending out ballot papers for strike action to RMT Stagecoach East Midlands Bus driver members in Mansfield and Worksop over safety concerns. Following negotiations between RMT representatives and Stagecoach East Midlands...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: Stagecoach East Midlands, Bus, Driver, Safety, Covid-19
RMT calls for robust enforcement of COVID rules on buses
The union is also contacting its parliamentary group about contract buses having different loading levels to service buses - surely science determines what’s safe rather than whether it’s a contract bus (like many school buses) or a service bus. Concerns are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, British Transport Police, BTP, Association of Chief Police Officers, Face Masks, Masks, Bus, Buses
RMT calls for urgent meeting with Sir Peter Hendy
RAIL UNION RMT today called for urgent talks with Sir Peter Hendy who has been put in charge of Christmas transport arrangements to discuss a range of operational and safety issues which are critical to delivering services safe for passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Christmas, Railway, Passenger Numbers
RMT responds to rail regulator’s report on financial impact of the pandemic
“These figures show that it is absolutely vital that the taxpayer and fare payer gets value for money from the railway. “Unfortunately, privatisation means that the profiteering from the private train and rolling stock alone is costing the industry at...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Regulator, Financial Impact, Rail Privatisation
RMT calls for urgent support for Eurostar
RAIL UNION RMT ‎has called for urgent Government financial support for the crucial Eurostar link to the continent, warning that a failure to act threatens the future of the service and the thousands of jobs that it supports. In a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Tory Government, Financial Support
RMT on expected transport surge in Christmas window
"RMT supports the railway in playing its role in ensuring that people can see their loved ones this Christmas and I will be seeking urgent discussions with all the train companies and Government to ensure that this is carefully and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway, Transport, Christmas, Covid-19
RMT pledges co-ordinated campaign to defend pay
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that it will mount a co-ordinated campaign to defend wages and to protect the low paid as it was reported that the Government is planning to renege on commitments on the living wage. General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: Living Wage, Covid-19, Transport, Rail, Industrial Action, TUC
RMT on Crossrail speculation
Responding to reports that the Capital's Crossrail line could be mothballed without immediate funding transport union RMT today called on the Government to stop using TFL as a political football. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "What's happening between the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Crossrail, Transport for London, TfL, Covid-19, Funding
RMT warns that the UK oil and gas industry is teetering on the brink
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “The crisis offshore started with plummeting oil prices in January. After the pandemic took hold, RMT demanded that ministers deliver a package of measures to ensure that offshore oil and gas workers aren't dumped...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Offshore, Oil, Gas, Energy, Just Transition
RMT response to PM's ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Public transport and offshore workers, who are key to a just transition to net zero carbon, need more detail on how they fit into an economy where endless promises of industrial electricity and hydrogen...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore, Wind, Energy, Rail Freight, Public Transport, Covid-19
RMT ramps up pressure on CalMac
Calmac union RMT has today ramped up the pressure on the company to enter ACAS talks over the current pay dispute‎ and to get serious about reaching a negotiated settlement that properly recognises and rewards the staff operating the lifeline...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Covid-19, Ferries, Scotland
Tube Union RMT condemns LUL policy on positive Covid-19 tests
LUL are refusing to send staff home after a workmate reports a positive Covid-19 result. This includes staff who would have been working with their colleague potentially for many hours per day and up to 8 days in a row together....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, Covid-19, Tube union
MPs support RMT’s Avanti West Coast demands
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed MPs’ support for a parliamentary motion, tabled by Birmingham MP Tahir Ali, which demands that Avanti West Coast withdraw its plans to remove its Customer Resolutions team from Birmingham, putting 60 jobs at risk of redundancy....
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Customer Resolutions Centre, Job Cuts, Covid-19
RMT on Trump Turnberry workforce
TRUMP TURNBERRY UNION RMT said today that‎ now that Donald Trump has lost his job as US President he should turn his attention to stopping the attacks on his Turnberry workforce who face a barrage of threats to jobs and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Trump Turnberry, Covid-19, Job Cuts
RMT blames political interference as CalMac pay talks collapse
CalMac union RMT announced today that it is preparing for an industrial action ballot after crucial pay talks collapsed with the union pointing the finger at direct interference from the Scottish Government which scuppered potential progress towards a settlement. Following...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Covid-19, Ferries, Scotland,
RMT calls for guaranteed Government support for Northern transport
RAIL UNION RMT today called for guaranteed long term Government support for Britain's open access rail services after it was confirmed that both Grand Central and Hull trains will be suspending all services from later this week in response to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grand Central, Hull Trains, Open Access, Covid-19,
Coalition of Londoners calls for an end to ‘appalling attack’ on the Capital’s transport
The letter, signed by 13 organisations representing London’s transport workers, passenger groups, children, young people, students, pensioners, disabled people and anti-poverty campaigners, condemns the government for imposing what is in effect ‘a new round of austerity cuts that will throw more...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transpot for London, TfL, Public Transport, Staffing, Funding
RMT demands Government take action to protect jobs
RAIL UNION RMT is calling on the Government to step up and protect jobs and services at Hull Trains and Grand Central after more than 5000 people signed a petition in support of these vital services, which provide important rail links...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Save Open-Access Rail Jobs, Hull Trains, Grand Central, Covid-19
RMT welcomes Welsh Government decision
Wales’s largest rail union RMT today welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Government that it is to take Transport for Wales rail services into public ownership next year. The Welsh government have made the announcement as a result of their...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Welsh Government, Covid-19, KeolisAmey,
RMT demands Government and local council support for COVID-battered taxi trade
With the second wave of COVID - 19 now battering the whole of Britain, and with localised lockdowns in place, the taxi trade is currently in crisis with hard working taxi drivers facing financial ruin due to the decimation of regular as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Taxi, Taxi Drivers
RMT responds as rail journeys fall to lowest levels since mid-nineteenth century
“While rail passenger numbers have plummeted the use of the private car is returning to pre-covid levels and to stop the coronavirus crisis accelerating the climate crisis we need new action to support public transport “There has been welcome government...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Public Transport, Rail Industry, Open-Access Rail Operators, Rail Union, RMT
MPs support RMT Campaign to Save Open-Access Rail Jobs and Services
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed the fact that a motion tabled in the Westminster parliament, calling on the Government to take action to protect all jobs and services in the open-access rail sector, has received widespread support from MPs. Unlike...
Region: National
Tagged with: Open-Access Operators, Hull Trains, Grand Central, Rail Jobs, Covid-19
Outrage as Trump Turnberry and presses on with job cuts
TRUMP TURNBERRY UNION RMT has condemned the continued all-out assault on jobs and conditions at the US President's Scottish flagship golf resort as the company ploughs ahead with job cuts. Despite strong representation from RMT and the fact that Trump...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Trump Turnberry, Job Cuts, Redundancies, Covid-19
RMT steps up campaign for TfL funding
London Transport Union RMT is stepping up its fight to win full funding for Transport for London with the launch of an online petition. The petition can be found at: https://www.rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/funding-statement Statement: RMT calls on government to fully fund TFL...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Funding, Covid-19, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, London Transport
RMT responds to rail freight statistics
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today responded to rail freight usage and performance statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road that show a record breaking fall in rail freight moved and lifted during the first quarter of the 2020 financial period...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Freight, Office of Rail and Road, ORR
Tube outsourcing company profiteering whilst slashing jobs
TUBE UNION RMT today called on the Mayor of London to take back control of the Underground cleaning and put an end to the outdated dogma of outsourcing, after it emerged that the outsourcing company ABM has doubled its profits...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport for London, TfL, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, ABM, Tube Cleaners
National Minimum Wage and Seafarers
SEAFARERS UNION RMT today raised the alarm over the impact of the shipping industry’s crewing policies on UK seafarers’ jobs, ahead of an online ministerial roundtable on enforcing new National Minimum Wage legislation for seafarers. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash...
Region: National
Tagged with: Minimum Wage, Seafarers, Covid-19, Maritime,
RMT responds to Government’s extension of Emergency Measures
Responding to an announcement that the Government is extending Emergency Measures Agreements on UK rail franchises with new ERMA’s contracts transport union RMT today called on the Government to cut out the middleman and bring all UK rail franchises into...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Emergency Measures Agreements, ERMA, Rail Franchises, Rail
RMT steps up fight for rail jobs as Grand Central confirms savage cuts
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT has received notification from Grand Central that they are intending to make 51 posts redundant, including half of their catering staff on top of the termination of their Blackpool to London Operation. "Make no mistake,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Grand Central, Covid-19, Catering, Blackpool, Rail,
RMT to step up fight over jobs, pay and conditions
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said today that the union will be stepping up campaigning on the threat to jobs, pay and conditions across the rail, maritime and transport sector as COVID-19 threatens to drive a cuts whirlwind through the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Mick Cash, RMT, Jobs, Transport,
RMT slams major UK rail caterers
RAIL ‎UNION RMT today demanded that rail catering company SSP - owners of Upper Crust, Rail Gourmet, Burger King rail outlets and a range of other well-known brands - pulls back from the brink and stops pressing ahead with redundancies of station...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Select Service Partners, SSP, Caterers
RMT calls on government to rebuild London’s public transport
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today called on the government and TfL to turn the page on a failed experiment and build a world-class public transport system around the needs of people by investing in more staff. In a submission to the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transpot for London, TfL, Public Transport, Staffing,
RMT call to oppose job cuts at Trump Turnberry
The company is planning to bulldoze through over  80 redundancies alongside damaging cuts to sick, pay, working hours, pay enhancements, staff benefits and working conditions. Formal consultation on the plans is now over and despite strong RMT representations the Trump operation...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT steps up pressure to halt jobs carnage at Trump's Turnberry resort
RMT has launched an on-line petition as part of the fight to halt an all-out assault on jobs and conditions at the US President's Scottish flagship resort that are being bulldozed through under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT on alert for surge in passengers to resorts
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is on red alert for a surge in passengers that may compromise COVID-19 safety protocols as millions are expected to head to the coast and other leisure attractions this weekend. With the forecast...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, passenger numbers, social distancing,
RMT launches petition to halt jobs carnage at Trump Turnberry
TRUMP TURNBERRY UNION RMT has launched a global on-line petition today as part of the fight to halt an all-out assault on jobs and conditions at the US President's Scottish flagship resort that are being bulldozed through under the cover...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT steps up fight to halt jobs carnage at Trump's Turnberry resort
Consultation on a brutal package of measures ends on the 16th August and involves the axing of up to eighty jobs alongside other savage cuts to sick pay, working hours, pay enhancements, staff benefits and working conditions. RMT Senior Assistant...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT warning over back to work Monday
Transport union RMT has warned that confused and conflicted Government messaging could lead to widespread breaches of public health measures on masks and social distancing as Boris Johnson urges people to "get back to work" today whilst at the same...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, social distancing, rail, tube, bus,
RMT responds to confirmation that Government has nationalised Train Company debt
This follows rumours that some train operating companies are on the verge of being fully renationalised and would join Government run and publicly owned London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Northern Trains.‎ RMT says that the move must now pave...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, train company debt, renationalisation
RMT warns against crowding on Brighton trains tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT has issued a call to passengers to avoid ‎crowding Brighton trains tomorrow amidst concerns voiced to the union by local members that services may end up rammed out as the public head to the area for unofficial...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Brighton, Pride, Social Distancing,
RMT responds to Just Transition Commission report on a green recovery from COVID-19 in Scotland
“The Just Transition Commission is absolutely right to prioritise maritime infrastructure and manufacturing investment alongside a skills transition bridge in areas like decommissioning, essential to keep offshore oil and gas workers in employment. But the economic recovery from Covid-19 must...
Region: National
Tagged with: Just Transition, Covid-19
Bus union RMT responds to study on workers’ deaths
The report shows that among bus drivers, those aged 65 and over, those from BAME backgrounds and those with pre-existing hypertension are at higher risk of Covid-19 mortality and this should be taken into account in efforts by TfL and bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus drivers, BAME, deaths,
RMT on Coronavirus bailout bonanza for TOC's
Britain’s private rail companies stand to make almost £500 million in profits over the next 12 months according to new research, amid widespread speculation that the government is about to extend its Emergency Measures Agreements. Analysis of ministerial answers to questions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, TOC's.taxpayer bailout
RMT responds to Prime Minister’s announcement
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Covid-19 is waging war against both lives and livelihoods but in recent days the government’s response has once again been mired in chaos, confusion and mixed messaging. “Today we are seeking urgent talks...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT calls for an end to the charade of rail privatisation
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the government end the charade of privatisation and the grotesque waste of franchising after it was confirmed that the Office for National Statistics have reclassified the debts of the private train operators as part...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
RMT demands Government support to protect jobs at Eurostar
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded Government support to protect jobs and services that are vital to Britain's economic future as Eurostar have announced a cuts package in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on cross channel business....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Eurostar, Jobs
RMT urges greater awareness for Seafarer's Mental Health
Covid-19 has thrown up some incredible challenges for the maritime industry with thousands of seafarers unable to undertake a normal changeover that either has them isolated in some part of the globe unable to return home or stuck at home...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Seafarers Awareness Week, Mental Health,
RMT Demands Pension Justice for Maritime Workers
In the week when we acknowledge the courageous work of our seafarers, who continue to provide a service to the UK during the COVID-19 crisis, seafarers' union RMT has produced evidence that shipping employers are providing maritime workers with inadequate...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Seafarers Awareness Week, Pensions, Maritime Workers,
RMT warns of massive UK jobs crisis in Seafarers Awareness Week
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “This year’s Seafarers’ Awareness Week comes as employers seek to the use the pandemic to slash jobs, pay and conditions whilst thousands of international seafarers are stranded on cruise ships in UK...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Seafarers Awareness Week, Ratings, Jobs, Ratings union
RMT on Boris Johnson making driverless trains a condition of TFL Covid funding
"It is outrageous for Boris Johnson to wheel out the dangerous nonsense of driverless trains as a condition of the emergency Covid-19 funding of Transport for London. This is the sort of cheap political stunt that was a hallmark of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Boris Johnson, Transport for London, TfL, driverless trains
RMT calls for action to ensure safety of transport staff as pubs reopen in England tomorrow
“RMT is seriously concerned that the reopening of the pubs may well run alongside a loosening of the safety and social distancing regulations that we have agreed across the transport network and that must not be allowed to happen. “There...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Pubs, Safety
RMT demands that Government get a grip
RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "RMT has warned repeatedly that the confused and conflicted messaging from Government risked unleashing chaos on our transport services with social distancing a physical impossibility. That is exactly what has happened in Bournemouth...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, Social Distancing
RMT claims victory over Government’s volunteer stunt
RAIL UNION RMT today claimed a victory for common sense as it appears the Government’s volunteer “Journey Makers” programme has been shelved. A leaked email from one of the volunteer programme’s providers admitted that due to disagreement between unions and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
Unions warn of increased risks in reducing social distancing
In a joint statement ASLEF, RMT and TSSA have warned of the “increased risks” of reducing social distancing on public transport at the current time. ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch and TSSA General...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Social Distancing, Transport, Rail,
RMT calls on Government to scrap shambles of rail volunteer stunt
RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "RMT warned from the off that this half-baked Government PR stunt was a waste of time and a diversion from the challenges we really face on the railway as lockdown is eased and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, journey makers
RMT welcomes MCA detention and inspection of cruise ships
SEAFARER Union RMT today welcomed the actions of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency in detaining and inspecting six cruise ships in Tilbury and Bristol following serious concerns over the welfare of nearly 2,000 crew members who are stranded on these vessels,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, MCA, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Seafarers
RMT begins ballot on Heathrow Express
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it has begun a ballot of members on Heathrow Express for industrial action after workers who are currently furloughed due to the Covid-19 crisis were threatened with unemployment by the company. The threat to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Heathrow Express, Industrial Action, Ballot, Redundancies
RMT on £7 Billion Covid-19 support for transport sector‎
“This should not just be a blank cheque for private transport operators but instead should be linked to taking transport services into public ownership to ensure every penny is spent on protecting safety and the economy alongside strict requirements to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT launches Covid-19 charter for London Underground staff
The charter maps a way forward for London Underground by workers who have demonstrated their commitment to keeping the tube and other TfL services running throughout the Covid 19 crisis. It explains how union members want to provide the best possible...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, Tube, face masks, Covid-19 charter,
RMT calls for transport workers to be treated with respect
Transport union RMT has called for workers to be treated with respect as the new requirement for passengers to wear face masks on public transport in England comes into force today. The union also said that it had received assurances...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, face masks, transport workers,
RMT responds to Government’s increase in taxpayer support to P&O
SEAFARER Union RMT has responded to the Government’s increase in taxpayer support to P&O Ferries by demanding that P&O Ferries withdraw plans for 1,100 redundancies mainly amongst directly employed UK seafarers in Dover and Hull. A Written Answer to Hull East...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, redundancies, seafarers,
RMT demands that Mayor lift congestion charge from London lifeboat staff
RMT has written to both the Mayor and TFL boss Mike Brown requesting that the RNLI staff be exempt from the charges. The request has been turned down flat and the union is now ratcheting up the pressure as river...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, RNLI, TfL, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Thames RNLI
Union fury at London Underground bosses
RMT has revealed that in a London Underground document entitled “Covid-19 Risk Assessment for BAME and clinically vulnerable employees Guidance for all line managers” dated 5th June tube bosses have said; “You can reassure them that we have assessed the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, LU, Tube, BAME staff,
RMT condemns BP jobs carnage
The union says that hard working BP staff have endured 4-years and more of austerity and cuts associated with the downturn which the industry was just coming out of before the Covid-19 pandemic began. To be faced with further attrition...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, BP, Offshore, redundancies,
RMT writes to Grant Shapps over face masks
Transport union RMT has written to the Secretary of State Grant Shapps to warn a lack of consultation and proper discussion in the transport industry means that the requirement for face masks on public transport from 15th June risks being...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, face masks, Transport Secretary
RMT slams scandal of taxpayer support for P&O shareholders
P&O SEAFARERS Union RMT today reacted with fury following the release of Government contracts detailing the UK taxpayers’ support for roll-on roll-off ferry operators during the pandemic. Critical Freight Grant payments have been allocated to operators to keep essential goods,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, taxpayer support, redundancies, seafarers,
RMT urges recommencement of railway enhancement works
RAIL UNION RMT today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to protect vital jobs on the railway in a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Since Scotland went into lockdown railway enhancement works have fallen under the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Scotland, SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, railway enhancement,
RMT responds to Government on face masks
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “There is a real danger that the Government and the Rail Delivery Group are sending out a signal that as long as you cover your face you are safe to ‎head back onto the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, Rail Delivery Group, RDG, face masks
RMT warns of strike action over transport austerity
RAIL UNION RMT today responded with fury after being made aware of Government plans to introduce a workforce of unpaid and unskilled ‘Transport Guardian Angels’ on our railway network. The contract between the Department for Transport and volunteering charity ‘Volunteering...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
RMT calls for urgent Government intervention
RAIL UNION RMT is today calling for urgent Government intervention to support open access rail operators Hull Trains and Grand Central during the Covid-19 crisis. Unlike the franchised Train Operating Companies, neither company has received any emergency funding during Covid-19...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Hull Trains, Grand Central, Covid-19, open access operators
RMT on Government mixed messaging on lockdown
Rail union RMT said today that confused and conflicting messaging from Boris Johnson and his government has led to a huge surge in passengers and dangerous and predictable chaos on Cross Country services into Bournemouth today. British Transport Police have...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Cross Country, British Transport Police, BTP,
RMT demands Government action over P&O exploitation
P&O FERRIES Union RMT today raised alarm over P&O’s plans to replace directly employed, full time UK seafarers on the Pride of Hull with agency crew from the Philippines on rates of pay below the National Minimum Wage and for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, Pride of Hull, Ferries
‎RMT responds to latest rail freight statistics
RMT responds to latest rail freight statistics that show a worrying downward trend and calls for Government to fully support the sector Responding to the latest rail freight usage statistics that show a worrying downward trend and the lowest total...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail freight, Covid-19, rail sector
RMT responds to appointment of new TFL Commissioner
“The new commissioner will arrive with TFL facing a financial crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that is being ruthlessly exploited by the Tory Government for political purposes. “Mr Byford will be well aware of the strength of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport for London, TfL,
RMT seeks answers regarding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has written to industry bosses and safety regulators seeking answers and protections regarding the impact of Covid-19 on are Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in the transport sector. RMT has reminded employers that there is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, BAME, transport workers
RMT responds to new rail performance data
RAIL UNION RMT today called for root and branch reform and a new deal for our railways in response to new passenger rail performance data released by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) that showed the UK’s railways are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, ORR, Office of Rail and Road, rail,
RMT responds to COVID-19 jobs threat on Condor Channel Isl‎ands ferries
“The UK Government has just given millions to Condor’s new owner, Brittany Ferries as part of the £35m freight ferries package announced yesterday. “And the very next day Condor is sizing up local seafarers for the chop and replacing them...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Covid-19, Condor Ferries, Brittany Ferries, Channel Islands
RMT to ballot on Heathrow Express
The threat to slash more than a hundred jobs within the Mobile Sales Advisor (MSA) and Customer Concierge roles comes alongside the company’s proposed reorganisation of the grades. Heathrow Express management have indicated that they plan ‘a loss of 123 posts...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Heathrow Express, furlough,
RMT calls for new compulsory Covid-19 protections for passengers and rail workers
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for new compulsory protections for passengers and rail workers on trains as the increased rail service timetable comes into place today – Monday 18th May. The protections are: • Compulsory 2 metre social distancing – the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, social distancing, face masks, transport, rail, bus, tube,
RMT warns of strike action over transport austerity
Responding to the government announcement today that it is imposing austerity cuts and direct control over transport in London as part of its conditions for funding as a result of the Covid-19 crisis RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, “London...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport austerity, London Transport, TfL, Transport for London
RMT response to IFS study on post lockdown commuting
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This government is hell bent on rushing people back to work without a proper plan for public transport. “The government should be using analysis like this and the expertise of transport unions to launch...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, IFS, Institute For Fiscal Studies, safe distancing,
RMT responds to Government briefing this evening on transport services
“Grant Shapps saying “it’s our civic duty to avoid using public transport” is a disgraceful way to shift the blame onto workers who have been left with little choice but to use public transport when it is his Government’s responsibility...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT calls on Government to give immediate assurances on TFL budget
“TFL staff have kept London's essential workers moving around the Capital throughout this crisis and it would be nothing short of a scandal if the financial rug was pulled from beneath them at this critical time. "The cash crunch at...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, Transport for London, TfL, London Overground
Crowded train and bus services are “categorically less safe”
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that crowded train, tube and bus services are “categorically less safe” and should not run unless two meter social distancing can be enforced. The union said unless the government took urgent action to enforce two...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, public transport, social distancing, bus, train
RMT warns of chaos on transport services tomorrow
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said today; "The Governments "return to work" policy from Wednesday morning risks unleashing total chaos on a transport network which has not been told to prepare for a rise in numbers until next Monday. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, return to work, transport, bus, rail,
RMT on 1,100 job losses at P&O Ferries
“This is devastating news and an appalling betrayal of the P&O work force. “ This is a kick in the teeth for P&O seafarers who have maintained key supply lines to the UK during the Covid -19 pandemic. "What is utterly...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, Dover, Hull
RMT on today’s ONS figures on Covid-19
TRANSPORT UNION RMT is demanding that the Government take urgent action in the wake of figures published today by the ONS which show that male bus and taxi drivers were amongst the occupations with a raised rate of death involving...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus, taxi, ONS
RMT issues fresh COVID-19 advice to members
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today issued fresh guidance to members across rail and tube to refuse to work where safety is compromised due to the potentially lethal consequences of the Governments confused and contradictory messaging over the COVID-19 lockdown. The union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, safety, social distancing
RMT warns of high risk transport mobilisation strategy
RAIL UNION RMT has revealed today that the Government has brought forward the start of the mass transport mobilisation and the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to Monday May 11th. RMT is aware that the Government has requested the industry to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport mobilisation, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, RICF
RMT sounds warning over dash to jack up transport services
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "There is a headlong dash to lift the lockdown on our transport services for the 18th May and it is fraught with danger for both passengers and staff alike. "To maintain the Governments own social...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, lockdown, transport services
RMT calls for National Bus Coronavirus Safety Summit
As Prime Minister considers easing lockdown RMT calls for National Bus Coronavirus Safety Summit to oversee a national plan to protect bus drivers and passengers as new survey reveals alarming COVID – 19 safety failings As the Prime Minister considers easing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, national bus coronavirus safety summit, PPE, bus
RMT calls on London Mayor to meet cleaners
TUBE UNION RMT has today called on London Mayor Sadiq Khan to personally meet, via video conferencing, a delegation of tube cleaners to discuss their employment concerns as a new survey shows a majority of cleaners believe their employer, cleaning...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, tube, LUL, Sadiq Khan, ABM
RMT on leaked Tube report on social distancing
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The report leaked this morning to the BBC exposing the impact on passenger numbers of maintaining Government social distancing guidelines on the tube is a wake up call to all those tub-thumping for a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, Tube, LUL, social distancing, tube union, rmt
Rail Unions: This is not the time to run more trains
The joint letter - signed by Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF; Mick Cash, general secretary of RMT; and Manuel Cortes, general secretary of TSSA - says it is 'completely unacceptable' to put the lives of passengers and rail staff at risk....
Region: National
Tagged with: rail unions, Covid-19, letter, rmt
RMT on warnings tube will be "rapidly overwhelmed" when lockdown is lifted
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This leaked report is a wake up call for anyone pushing to lift the lockdown and get transport services jacked up in preparation. Any such moves are fraught with ‎lethal danger and once again it...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, LUL, tube
RMT condemns Government for supporting BP dividend payout
The comments supporting BP's decision were made by Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg this afternoon. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “This is the latest display of corporate greed at the expense of offshore oil and gas workers facing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, BP, dividend,
Offshore unions call for summit with ministers
The Trade Unions are clear; the actions of the industry right now risk the Government energy objectives and will severely damage the UK economy and that cannot be allowed to happen. We are calling for an immediate intervention to halt...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, OCG, offshore
RMT survey reveals extent of offshore Covid-19 crisis
OFFSHORE Union RMT today released the findings of a survey of members looking at the oil and gas industry’s approach to tackling Covid-19 offshore. The survey findings coincide with the Trade Union affiliates of the Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) taking...
Region: National
Tagged with: offshore, Covid-19, offshore coordinating group, ocg
TFL to deny staff cleaning tube trains free travel
TUBE UNION RMT today blasted as disgraceful and disgusting a decision by Transport for London to deny tube cleaners, who have put themselves on the line throughout the Coronavirus crisis to keep essential workers moving, ‎the basic right to free...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, tfl, London Underground, tube, lul, Sadiq Khan, cleaners
RMT warning over May 11 transport increase
Transport union RMT warned today that there was zero chance of agreement to increase transport services in the current climate. The announcement is in response to information provided by rail companies that Ministers want them to be ready to ramp...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport workers, rmt
RMT responds to press speculation
General Secretary Mick Cash said "No one has discussed any moves to begin restoring transport services with this trade union and the dates we have seen reported in the press look like pure speculation. "Instead of secretive briefings to the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport workers, rmt
RMT slams Merseyrail contractors Mitie
RAIL UNION RMT today blasted Merseyrail station cleaning and facilities’ contractor Mitie for using the cover of the Covid-19 crisis to withdraw a pay award dated back to July last year. The union says it is a profiteering move that...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, cleaners, living wage, Covid-19
Logistics unions blast DHL
Logistics unions in the UK have blasted DHL for ‘endangering thousands’ with ‘inadequate’ coronavirus social distancing and safety measures and by forcing self-isolating workers to survive on statutory sick pay (SSP). The Unite, GMB, USDAW, RMT and URTU trade unions...
Region: National
Tagged with: DHL, Covid-19, logistics, RMT
RMT divers NHS message of support
With millions expected to once again join the clapping and mark of solidarity with Britain’s essential workers and NHS heroes at eight pm tonight members of offshore union RMT have sent their own message of support from over 100 meters below...
Region: National
Tagged with: divers, NHS, Covid-19, rmt
RMT demands Government intervention in North Sea energy
OFFSHORE Union RMT today demanded Government intervention to save lives, jobs and energy resources in the North Sea from the dual economic ravages of Coronavirus and catastrophically low oil prices. RMT members – and members of our Offshore Coordinating Group...
Region: National
Tagged with: North Sea energy, Covid-19, ocg, offshore
Bus union RMT exposes on-going Covid-19 protection scandal
After making strenuous representation to First South West Buses to fit suitable Perspex screens to their fleet of buses in order to provide a physical barrier between the driver and their passengers. The company’s first action was simply to ignore...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus, first south west buses
RMT keeps up pressure for full support for LU staff
Transport union RMT said today that is continuing to apply pressure in discussions with TFL for full support and protection for London Transport staff as the Covid-19 emergency continues. RMT has identified a number of serious concerns around which discussion...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, TfL, Tube
RMT issues advice to rail and bus members
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has issued advice to tens of thousands of workers in the rail and bus sector throughout the UK today saying its members should stop work on safety grounds if employers do not provide protection from COVID-19. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail, bus, Covid-19,
RMT reacts with fury to P&O all-out assault on jobs
MARITIME Union RMT today reacted with fury at P&O Ferries proposals for restructuring the business during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a consultation document issued to RMT, the union organising Seafarer Ratings on P&O Ferries’ Irish Sea, North Sea and Dover-Calais...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Covid-19, seafarers, maritime,
RMT on Stena Line announcement to furlough staff
STENA LINE union RMT reacted to today's announcement that some 600 Stena Line staff from its 2000+ strong seafarer, docker and port service workforce in the UK and Ireland will be furloughed and a further 150 redundancies will be sought, despite a lack...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Stena Line, furlough, redundancies, maritime,
RMT on Grand Central service suspension
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded full protection of jobs and wages after Arriva-owned Grand Central confirmed that they will be suspending all services from the last train tonight. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT is frankly appalled that Grand...
Region: National
Tagged with: grand central, arriva, Covid-19, service suspension,
RMT responds to Government on Bus funding
Government cash for bus industry must lead to safety and service protections for bus workers and passengers say RMT Responding to the Government’s announcement of financial support for the bus industry RMT said the aid must be linked to a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, buses, bus funding,
RMT appalled at bus and rail giant FirstGroup plans
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today expressed its disgust and dismay at revelations that rail and bus owner FirstGroup is taking steps to maximise pay outs to shareholders and will also profit from the Coronavirus pandemic. It was announced today that FirstGroup...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, covid-19, gwr
Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum
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Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, rail industry coronavirus forum, Ricf,
RMT demands urgent support for rail caterers
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding that immediate action is taken to support the industry’s outsourced caterers, who work across the railway in station outlets such as Ritazza and Upper Crust, who have been left high and dry by their employer,...
Region: National
Tagged with: select service partner, ssp, rail gourmet, Covid-19, caterers,
RMT on Hull Trains suspending operations from midnight
"This decision affects 130 rail staff around the Hull area and they must be treated as an absolute priority. We expect the company and the Government to guarantee ‎wages at 100% and not some reduced rate and we also expect jobs, service,...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Covid-19, hull trains,
Bus union RMT writes to companies over COVID-19
Bus union RMT is writing to the managing directors of all bus operating companies requesting that they adopt the following practices during the COVID-19 crisis: · a transition to cashless travel during the emergency · enhanced cleaning and sanitisation regimes...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus workers
RMT demands urgent action as oil and gas workforce falls
OFFSHORE union RMT is demanding urgent and immediate action as operators rush to slash jobs and contracts in response to the Coronavirus emergency and the oil price war which has driven oil to below $25 per barrel.‎ There are reports today...
Region: National
Tagged with: covid-19, oil, gas, offshore, North Sea
RMT Calls for COVID-19 Guidance for Seafarers on Ferries
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Some employers in the passenger ferry sector are keeping restaurants and bars open on their ships. This is exposing RMT members to excessive risk during the Coronavirus pandemic. “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has...
Region: National
Tagged with: covid-19, passenger ferries, guidance, ratings, maritime
RMT calls for government action to save oil and gas sector
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “We have written to the Chancellor because our members in the offshore oil and gas sector are being ignored by government in this time of national crisis. “The offshore trade unions have a central...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, oil, gas, offshore,
RMT slams grossly irresponsible Tube position
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "At a time when we are trying to encourage people to stay away from the tube so we can concentrate on moving essential workers the government call ‎to reinstate a full service is grossly...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, coronavirus, London Underground, lul, tube, tory government,
A message from railway workers
As railway workers, we cannot work at home. But we plead with the traveling public, if you can work from home, please do. We want to do all we can to make sure that key workers and essential goods get...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, joint statement, rail workers
Joint Press Release from RMT, Merseyrail & Liverpool City
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseyrail and RMT have reached agreement on the release of back-dated pay awards to guards, withheld since the dispute over their roles on the city region’s new trains commenced in April 2017. The agreement was reached...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, Liverpool city region combined authority, Steve Rotheram, Covid-19
RMT on Government announcement on rail services
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is absolutely essential that the rail workforce get the same sort of guarantees and assurances that the Government are offering the train operators. "RMT has been inundated with calls from members fearful that they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, coronavirus, rail services
COVID-19 and UK Seafarers
As organisations representing the interests of seafarers and employers in the shipping industry, we are united in our determination to protect the national interest from the economic impact of the COVID-19 emergency. Our members must be empowered by Government, urgently,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Coronavirus, shipping, seafarers,
RMT on Bus Industry appeal for £1 billion rescue package
Commenting on news that the UK’s Bus Industry has today called for a £1bn state funded rescue package to protect ‘tens of thousands of jobs’, bus union RMT reiterates the urgent need for the Government to commit emergency funding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus industry, rescue package, public ownership, Covid-19
Coronavirus Update
The RICF recognises that the Coronavirus crisis represents the biggest challenge to the UK and the rail industry in the last 50 years. The rail industry has a proud history of delivering in times of crisis and will once again need...
Region: National
Tagged with: ricjf, rail industry Coronavirus joint forum, Covid-19
RMT on rail service reductions
"RMT, along with our trade union colleagues, remains in ‎close contact with the DfT at this critical time for the transport industry. Our priority is to ensure that all action is taken to protect jobs, livelihoods and the health and...
Region: National
Tagged with: covid-19, dft, rail reduction,
RMT calls on government to mobilise Taxis
Taxi drivers’ union RMT is calling on the government to use Taxis to create a fifth emergency service during the Coronavirus crisis, to mitigate the isolation of families facing increasing levels of lockdown. As the government closes schools and imposes...
Region: National
Tagged with: taxi, public transport, Covid-19
RMT calls for emergency powers to ensure vital bus services
Bus workers union RMT called on the Government today to introduce emergency powers to allow local authorities to take control of their bus services and ensure our communities and the most vulnerable in society do not become isolated. Responding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus, local authorities, Covid-19,
RMT calls for urgent action to protect Britain's energy
OFFSHORE energy union RMT today warned that oil price wars and a public health pandemic could drive the North Sea oil and gas industry over the cliff edge, putting tens of thousands of offshore workers out of work, increasing the...
Region: National
Tagged with: offshore, energy, oil, Covid-19,