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RMT slams damaging approach from South Western Railway
Rail union RMT today slammed rail operator South Western Railway for adopting a deliberately provocative, damaging and divisive approach aimed at pitting worker against worker when maximum unity at a time of national emergency in the midst of the coronavirus...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
SWR strike action suspended to allow for further talks
The action that has been suspended was due to take place between: • 10.00 hours on Monday 9th March 2020 until 09.59 hours on Tuesday 10th March 2020 • 10.00 hours on Thursday 12th March 2020 until 09.59 hours on Friday 13th March 2020 South Western Railway Guard,...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT warns Government set to re-privatise Northern Rail
After years of shameful performance and mismanagement the Government has been forced to take Arriva Rail North back into public ownership from 1st March as the franchise all but collapsed. Now within weeks the Government could pave the way for...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT demands to know what’s going on with SWR franchise
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded to know what is going on behind the scenes over the future of the South Western Railway franchise as the Government hold secret discussions and leave both passengers and staff in limbo as speculation grows...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT slams latest Government cop out on South Western Railway
The union was reacting to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps’s statement this morning that SWR was not ‘not sustainable in the long term’ but that rather than taking the obvious step and bringing in the public sector operator he’d asked the...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT blasts latest Government fudge on Northern Rail
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This is just another fudge by the Tory Government on Northern but it still proves without a shadow of a doubt that their private franchise model for running our railways is finished. The whole...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT demands public sector takeover of South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded an urgent public sector takeover of South Western Railway as accounts filed today show that the current private operator is on course to go bust. Deloitte, the companies own auditors, said that South Western faces...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT responds to announcement on Northern franchise
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Grant Shapps is big on talk about Northern Rail this morning but short on detail and this has all the hallmarks of a dead cat being ‎slung on the table to distract from the...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT pledges to continue to fight for safe operation on SWR
As the current month long phase of South Western Railway strike action draws to a close, rail union RMT has praised members resilience while condemning the company and the Government for blocking a solution and pledging to continue the fight...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
South Western Railway strike action recommences
The content of this circular is for RMT members only and should not be copied, reproduced or distributed on notice-boards, online or on social media. As South Western Railway strike action recommences today after a 24 hour break with rock solid...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT sets out six point road map to a settlement on SWR
As the guards' safety strike on South Western Railway enters it's second week in the latest phase of action rail union RMT has set out a six point road map to a settlement. The plan, which the union intended to...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT writes to SWR with framework for renewed talks
In the letter to the company, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says: “I am writing to you today to ask for your agreement to reopen talks around an operational framework that would allow for the action called for December to...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT issues fresh call for talks with South Western Railway
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members are solidly supporting the second day of this phase of strike action and are standing firm the length and breadth of the franchise in defence of the role of the guard, accessibility...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT action in defence of safety on SWR rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "‎RMT members are standing rock solid and united on South Western Railway this morning as we begin a full month of strike action in support of the safest method of train operation and despatch....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
£86 million of taxpayer’s money to South Western Railway
Parliamentary answers and rail bosses’ reports to investors have revealed that South Western Railway are set to get a tax payer bailout of £86 million for strike action to date and over the coming weeks to cover lost passenger revenue...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
SWR strike action on as company wreck ACAS talks
RMT had set out proposals ensuring that the guard had an integral and guaranteed role in the despatch process which would have cost the company nothing but which would have guaranteed the safest method of operation. The company refused to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members vote to press ahead with guards dispute
RMT members on Northern Rail have voted by nearly 95% in a referendum ballot to press ahead with negotiations with the company aimed at reaching a long-term settlement to the guards' safety dispute that secures cast-iron guarantees on the safest method...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT and SWR agree to ACAS talks
An RMT Spokesperson said;   "Following a further exchange of correspondence both RMT and SWR have agreed to talks through ACAS tomorrow.    "The RMT team will be led by General Secretary Mick Cash and we believe that there is...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
West Midlands strikes set to go ahead
The union, which is taking action over the company’s refusal to pull back from their threat to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation and their attack on the safety critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface, will be taking...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands railways, west midlands trains, abellio, guards, conductors, driver only operation, doo
RMT welcomes Labour commitment to end Driver Only Operation
The announcement by Labour means that as well as the party opposing the government’s current attempts to expand DOO, if Labour is elected they will also end DOO on the national rail network and guards will be guaranteed on all...
Region: National
Tagged with: Labour Party, driver only operation, doo, guards, conductors,
RMT action on South Western Railway goes ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT has attended discussions under the auspices of ACAS for the past two days to discuss the issues in dispute. No proposals that would enable the development of a resolution to the dispute have...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, driver only operation, doo, guards, conductors,
RMT action on West Midlands Trains rock solid
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members are standing rock solid and determined  this morning  across the West Midlands Trains franchise as we fight to put the safety-critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface, and the safety...
Region: National
Tagged with: West Midlands trains, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rail union, rmt
RMT says ‘Scrap Driver Only Operation’
 The report, which the government had previously refused to publish in spite of Freedom of Information requests from the Association of British Commuters and RMT, identifies a range of ways in which Driver Only Operation creates barriers to accessibility: •...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT accuses SWR of deceit over agreements on guard guarantee
 The union is set to take 27 days of strike action in December over the fact that management reneged on agreements that had been made in principle and in good faith.  The company are now trying to deny these agreements were...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT strike action goes ahead on West Midlands Trains
West Midlands Trains Senior Conductor, Senior Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to not to book on for any shifts between: • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November •...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, west midlands railway, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT announces 27 days of strike action on SWR
The company’s unremitting failure to give assurances that their new operational model won't move to Driver Controlled Operation – with the role of the guard butchered completely – means the union has been left with no alternative but to call...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT calls strike action on West Midlands Trains over DOO
West Midlands Trains Senior Conductor, Senior Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to not to book on for any shifts between: • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November •...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, west midlands railway, wmt, guards, doo, driver only operation
RMT secures major breakthrough on Merseyrail Guards dispute
Rail union RMT today suspended all action in the long-running dispute on Merseyrail after the company tabled an offer that guarantees both a guard on the train and the safety-critical role of that guard in the despatch process and ensures...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT declares dispute on West Midlands Trains over DOO
Rail union RMT today confirmed that it has declared a dispute on West Midlands Trains over plans by the company to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation and rip apart the safety critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface....
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, west midlands railway, london northwestern railway, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members standing firm on fourth day of SWR strike action
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on South Western Railway are standing firm in the fight for safety on the fourth and final day of the current phase of industrial action and has demanded that the company gets round the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members united and determined to protect safety
  RAIL UNION ‎RMT said that members stand united and determined to protect passenger safety this morning on the second day of the latest phase of strike action on South Western Railway. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "On this second...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members rock solid again on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on South Western Railway are standing "rock solid and united" again this morning on the first day of the latest phase of industrial action ‎in the fight for the protection of the role of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
South Western set to receive at least £32m in strike bailout
On the eve of South Western guards taking four days of strike action to defend safety it has been revealed the company is set to receive at least a £32m strike bailout from the taxpayer for strike action taken to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms four days of strike action on SWR goes ahead
Rail union RMT has confirmed that a further four days of strike action will go ahead from friday on South Western Railway as the company continues to drag its heels and delays talks over the safety critical role of the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms Merseyrail Guards strike action goes ahead
Saturday’s action is the first of a further six days of strike action that have been announced by the union in the long-running guards’ and safety dispute on Merseyrail. The union’s executive have instructed our Merseyrail members not to book...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT suspends first three days of strike action on Merseyrail
Following a positive meeting with Steve Rotheram Metro Mayor, MerseyTravel and the RMT fresh proposals have been made which represent significant progress in regards to addressing RMT’s concerns. In order to allow for further detailed discussion the RMT has agreed...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms new strike dates in Merseyrail Guards' dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new batch of strike dates in the long-running guards’ and safety dispute on Merseyrail as the company has failed to deliver on the crucial issue of a safe method of train dispatch. As a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT demands Transport Secretary puts accessibility first
Rail union RMT has today added its voice to those of passenger groups calling on new Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to put an end to the drive toward Driver Only Operated trains and to make the railway accessible to all...
Region: National
Tagged with: association of british commuters, abc, grant shapps, doo, driver only operation
RMT secures renewed mandate for action in ballot on SWR
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has secured yet another rock-solid vote to continue with action in the rail safety dispute on South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandate under the terms of the latest wave...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT action on SWR "solid and determined" on fourth day
‎RMT action "solid and determined" on fourth day in fight for safety on South Western Railway Rail union ‎RMT said that members stand "solid and determined" on the fourth of five days of strike action in the on-going fight for...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
SWR tweet confirms plans to downgrade guards
As strike action by RMT enters the second of its five days on South Western Railway this morning the union has seized on a tweet issued by the company which confirms the worst fears of members about secret plans to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members rock solid in strike action again this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train company sends out the signal that...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT announces five days of strike action on SWR
RAIL UNION RMT today announced five days of strike action on South Western Railway – accusing the company of dragging their heels in protracted talks over the guard guarantee after the union suspended action back in February in good faith...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT warns of “mass transport discrimination”
On the day of the third anniversary protest in the fight to keep the guard on the train, rail union RMT has revealed that at least 15,000 Southern Rail services have run without a second person on board since the introduction...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern GTR, southern, doo, doo, driver only operation, third anniversary, guards dispute, guards, conductors,
RMT to hold protest on 3rd annniversary of Southern dispute
Rail union RMT will be holding a national protest on Friday 26th April from 12:00 outside Keolis UK, Evergreen Building North, 160 Euston Road, London NW1 2DX. The event coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the start of RMT strike action on...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, keolis, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT suspends South Western Railway strike
RAIL UNION RMT said today that substantial progress in talks with the company has allowed the union’s executive to suspend the on-going programme of strike action on South Western Railway over the retention and the role of the guard on...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT launches direct challenge to South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a direct challenge to South Western Railway to give a “yes or no” answer to the question of whether or not they are prepared to give a cast-iron guarantee that every train will run with...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT secures renewed mandate in South Western guards dispute
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has secured yet another rock-solid vote to continue with action in the rail safety dispute on South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandate under the terms of the latest wave...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT suspends Northern strike action
RAIL UNION RMT said today that substantial progress in talks through the offices of ACAS has allowed the union’s executive to suspend the on-going programme of strike action on Northern Rail over the retention and the role of the guard...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT to hold lobby and public meeting in Chester
Rail union RMT will be holding a lobby of Transport for the North in Chester on Thursday 7th February, 10.30 - 12.00 at the Council Chamber, Chester Town Hall, 33 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ. The union is also holding a major public meeting...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT says 47th day of strike action solid again on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT said that a 47th day of strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely solid today in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard as the union prepares to lobby‎ Transport for the North in...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
47th day of action on Northern to go ahead
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 47th day of strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead as planned tomorrow in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard as the union prepares to lobby‎ Transport for the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls for Northern to be stripped of franchise
RAIL UNION RMT has called for the basket case Arriva Rail outfit to be stripped of the Northern franchise with the routes returned to public ownership as passenger satisfaction statistics issued today showed that the operator has hit the relegation...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members stand firm on 46th day of strike action
As RMT members stand firm on a 46th day of strike action today the union has revealed that Northern’s Managing Director David Brown has told staff that because of the “franchise requirement” set by the Government there will be Northern...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT says 46th day of strike action goes ahead on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 46th day of strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead as planned tomorrow in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard as crime soars on the railway and the company...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT Northern Rail members standing solid
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely rock solid on its 45th day this morning as the company snubs all efforts to get talks going and ploughs on regardless with its  plans to throw...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arn, northern, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT says 45th day of strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 45th day of strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead as planned tomorrow in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard. Tomorrow’s strike takes place as the company continues to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms next phase of strike action on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a package of new strike dates on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. The announcement comes...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT forced to ballot for fourth time on SWR Guards dispute
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be balloting for the fourth time to secure a vote to continue with action in the rail safety dispute on South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandate under the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT Northern Rail members standing firm again
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely rock solid on its 44th day this morning as the company snubs all efforts to get talks going and ploughs on regardless with its  plans to throw...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arn, arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Rock solid again on 43rd ‎day of Northern action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely rock solid on its 43rd day this morning as the company milks the latest fare hike for every penny and ploughs on regardless with its New Year...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, dco, doo, driver only operation
RMT members united and determined in strike action
General Secretary Mick Cash said; " RMT members are standing united and determined again this morning on South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train company gambles with their passengers...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT Northern Rail action rock solid again on 42nd ‎day
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely rock solid on its 42nd day this morning as the company ploughs on regardless with its lethal New Year plans to throw guards off their trains and...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members in continuing fight for safety on SWR
General Secretary Mick Cash said; " RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train company gambles with their passengers well-being....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Northern Rail action rock solid again on 41st ‎day
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remains absolutely rock solid on its 41st day this morning as the company ploughs on regardless with its lethal plans to throw guards off their trains and rip up...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, arn, doo, dco, guards, conductors, driver only operation,
RMT says 41st day of strike action goes ahead on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 41st day of strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead as planned tomorrow in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard as the company blew apart "assurances" from the Government...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms raft of new strike dates on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a raft of new strike dates on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. The announcement comes...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT CALLS ON NORTHERN RAIL TO CUT THE PUBLICITY STUNTS
 RAIL UNION RMT responds to call for an “inquiry” from Arriva Rail North into guards’ safety dispute.  RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The call for an inquiry is nothing more than a PR stunt and we have not seen...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
40th day of action on Northern
As RMT members prepare for the 40th day of strike action on Arriva Rail North new research shows that the cost to the taxpayer to date of bailing out the company on strike days will be over £24 million by...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
40th day of RMT Northern Rail action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT said that a 40th day of strike action over the threat to guards on Northern Rail trains goes ahead exactly as planned tomorrow as the company continue to refuse all efforts to engage in serious talks. RMT...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms new block of strike action on South Western
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a further block of strike action on South Western Railway (SWR) as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks process that could reach an agreement in the long running guards' safety...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
Rock solid on 39th day
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remain absolutely rock solid on its 39th day this morning after the company wrecked crucial ACAS talks aimed at brokering a solution to the long –running dispute earlier this...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern Rail action goes ahead tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said that a 39th day of strike action over the threat to guards on Northern Rail trains goes ahead exactly as planned tomorrow after the company wrecked a golden opportunity to make progress in talks aimed at...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT Calls for Transport for the North to intervene
In advance of a meeting of the Transport for the North Board meeting today (6th December) and further strike action in the run up to Christmas RMT General  Secretary Mick Cash has written an open letter to all Transport for...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern Rail collapse ACAS talks
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it had been left “angry, frustrated and determined to fight on in the interests of passenger safety” after Arriva Rail North collapsed ACAS talks aimed at negotiating a settlement to the long-running dispute over...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arn, northern, northern rail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Northern Rail action rock solid on day 38
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail remain absolutely rock solid on its 38th day this morning after the company failed to respond by noon yesterday to a request for urgent talks around the core principles...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT Northern Rail action goes ahead this weekend
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead tomorrow exactly as planned after the company failed to respond by noon to a request for urgent talks around the core principles of the role and responsibilities...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT offers to suspend Northern Rail action
RAIL UNION RMT today offered to suspend industrial action on Northern Rail this weekend subject to the company agreeing to a series of crucial guarantees on the second person on their trains. RMT's executive has agreed the following position; ‎”This...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT responds to Transport for the North statement
General Secretary Mick Cash said:  “ In light of the statement  from Transport for the North RMT awaits any new proposals from Northern Rail which maintain for the travelling public the same level of safety, security and access that they...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members rock solid in strike action again this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   " RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train companies gamble...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members strike again tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on both Northern and South Western Railway will strike again tomorrow as both companies have snubbed the latest attempt by the union to set up serious talks around the issue at the heart of...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members united and determined this morning
RMT members united and determined this morning in continuing fight for safety on Northern and South Western Railway. General Secretary Mick Cash said; " RMT members are standing determined and united again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, arn, swr, south west railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members strike again tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on both Northern and South Western Railway will strike again tomorrow as both companies continue to refuse to engage in serious talks around the issue at the heart of both disputes – the safety...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, northern, arrival rail north, arn, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members standing solid on day 35 of Guards’ dispute
RAIL UNION RMT said that members are standing strong again today on the 35th day of strike action on Northern Rail in the fight for safety as the company continues to spin works of fiction over why they won’t sit...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
35th day of strike action in guards' dispute goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 35th day of strike action goes ahead on Northern Rail tomorrow in the fight for safety as the company continues to spin works of fiction over why they won’t sit down in serious...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls for immediate halt of plans to axe guards
RMT calls for immediate halt and reversal of plans to axe guards from trains as Government minister admits they are front line in the fight against crime  RAIL UNION RMT today demanded an immediate halt and reversal of plans to...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, driver only operation, crime, btp,
RMT public meetings in support of Northern train guards
The meetings have been organised to put across the union’s case for the guard guarantee and to build public and political support for RMT members continuing the fight for safe, secure and accessible rail services for all.  The meetings will...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT demands that Arriva be stripped of Northern franchise
Rail union RMT today demanded that the Government take immediate action to strip Arriva/Deutsche Bahn of their Northern Rail franchise and return the routes to public ownership after the Telegraph revealed this morning that catastrophic mismanagement has seen the taxpayer...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members standing firm again today
  RAIL UNION RMT said that members on both Northern and South Western Railway are standing firm again this morning in the on-going programme of strike action as both companies continue to refuse to engage in serious talks around the...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, arn, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members strike again tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on both Northern and South Western Railway will strike again tomorrow as both companies continue to refuse to engage in serious talks around the issue at the heart of both disputes – the safety...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, arn, swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT confirms raft of new strike dates on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a raft of new strike dates on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. The announcement comes...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arn, northern, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards,
RMT withdraws planned SWR strike on 10th November
Rail union RMT confirmed today that strike action planned for the 10th November on South Western Railway has been withdrawn. All other action scheduled in the dispute remains on and the union remains fully committed to using all industrial, political...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members standing solid
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   " RMT members are standing solid, determined and united again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, northern, arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT raises new safety warning over use of phoney guards
As Northern and South Western Railway guards strike again this weekend rail union RMT has raised new safety warnings with the regulator over the use of inexperienced, under-trained managers on fat bounty payments acting as guards to try and break...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, northern, arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls on SWR to break the deadlock and agree to talks
On the second of five days of action in the latest phase of strikes on South Western Railway over the threat to axe guards and roll out driver only operation rail union RMT said that members remain absolutely rock solid...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT action solid across all depots in SWR Guards strike
On the first of five days of action in the latest phase of strikes on South Western Railway over the threat to axe guards and roll out driver only operation rail union RMT said that members are solidly supporting the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms new phase of strike action on SWR goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a further phase of strike action on South Western Railway (SWR) goes ahead from midnight as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks process that could reach an agreement in the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT strike action solid on day 32 of Northern Guards dispute
  General Secretary Mick Cash said;   " RMT members are standing united and determined again this morning on Northern Rail on the 32nd day of action in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains. Their resilience...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT says 32nd day of strike action goes ahead on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a 32nd day of strike action goes ahead on Northern Rail in the fight for safety as the company continues to ignore the surge in attacks and assaults on the North's violent railways. This...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members on day 31 of strike action
General Secretary Mick Cash said; " RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on Northern Rail in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains. "We are angry and frustrated that the company continue to refuse...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms raft of new strike dates on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a raft of new strike dates on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. The announcement comes...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms strike action on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a further phase of strike action on South Western Railway (SWR) through the autumn as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks process that could reach an agreement in the long...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members standing solid and determined
General Secretary Mick Cash said;  " RMT members are standing solid, determined and united again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the train companies preside...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, south western railway, swr, arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, doo, driver only operation,
RMT launches new research that reveals vital role of guards
As Northern and South Western Railway guards strike again this weekend an RMT national survey of rail guards has revealed the vital role guards play in delivering a safe, secure and accessible railway. The crucial safety critical role of guards...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, south western railway, swr
RMT responds to ludicrous claims from Northern boss
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is total nonsense to suggest that RMT is blocking talks. Every effort we have made to get negotiations going with Northern has been kicked back in our faces. "The company are only prepared...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
48 hour strike action on South Western Railway goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a further 48 hours of strike action goes ahead exactly as planned on South Western Railway on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT says new Northern trains long overdue
New Northern trains being unveiled in Liverpool tomorrow are long overdue – but they have to be run safely with properly trained guards, the industry’s biggest union says. As the new Class 195 and 331 units are run out for the first...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members rock solid again this morning
‎RMT members rock solid again this morning in continuing fight for safety on Northern Rail as union exposes surge in violent crime on our de-staffed railways. General Secretary Mick Cash said; " RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arn, arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
Northern staff strike again tomorrow for safety
In advance of tomorrow’s strike action over Northern Rail’s plans for Driver Only trains, rail union RMT says that new statistics released by the British Transport Police (BTP) show that guards are needed to stem a shocking surge in crime...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members standing solid on Northern
General Secretary Mick Cash said;  " RMT members are standing solid, determined and united again this morning on Northern Rail in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains and are angry and frustrated that the company collapsed...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Strike action goes ahead again on Northern tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that the latest phase of strike action in the Northern Rail guards’ safety dispute goes ahead as planned tomorrow.  The action is taking place in the wake of Arriva Rail North collapsing talks through ACAS...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls 48 hours of strike action on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a further 48 hours of strike action will take place on South Western Railway (SWR) on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October as the company continues to refuse to engage in a serious talks process...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT announces further strike action on Arriva Rail North
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action by guards and driver members on Arriva Rail North as the company continues to fail to give clear assurances on the guarantee of guards on their services. The action has been announced...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT blasts Northern Rail for collapsing latest talks
RAIL UNION RMT tonight blasted Northern Rail for collapsing talks through ACAS aimed at brokering an amicable resolution to the unions long-standing trade dispute over Arriva Rail North’s plans to introduce Driver Controlled Operations across the length and breadth of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT accuses SWR of playing with words in guards' dispute
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “There's a simple solution to ‎this dispute and it means SWR stop playing with words and negotiate the guard guarantee that reflects the best safety practice elsewhere in the industry. “SWR want to create...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
Northern Rail action goes ahead tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that the latest phase of strike action in the Northern Rail guards’ safety dispute goes ahead exactly as planned tomorrow as the union calls for clear and detailed proposals from the company aimed at making...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members rock solid this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;  " RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on both Northern and South Western Railway in the continuing fight for safety, security and access on our trains. "It is scandalous that while other train...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, arriva rail north, northern, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT secures renewed mandate for action on South Western
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has secured a rock-solid vote to continue with action in the rail safety dispute on South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandate under the terms of the latest wave of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
Rail strike companies in line for millions of pounds bailout
With guards striking again today on Northern and South Western Railways RMT has released parliamentary answers provided by the Rail Minister Jo Johnson which reveal that both German state owned Northern Rail and Hong Kong owned South Western Railway have...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, arriva rail north, northern, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT members standing united
RMT members standing united and determined this morning in fight for safety on Northern and South Western Railway  General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The resilience and determination of RMT members on both Northern and South Western Railway in the continuing...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, arriva rail north, northern, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT Merseyrail joint statement
The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseyrail and the RMT Union have today agreed in principle that, subject to the provision and approval of an appropriate, affordable and sustainable funding package, the new fleet of Merseyrail trains, will have a...
Region: National
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms action goes ahead on Northern tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits this Saturday goes ahead exactly as...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT South Western Railway Guards' safety action rock solid
Rail union RMT said today that members are standing rock solid and united across the South Western Railway network this morning at the start of a 72 hour strike in the fight to retain guards and protect safety, security and accessibility...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT demands urgent talks in SWR Guards dispute
On the eve of the next phase of industrial action on South Western Railway rail union RMT has demanded urgent talks after the safety regulator, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), confirmed in a letter a number of serious...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms 72 hours of strike action on South Western Rail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that the next round of strike action on South Western Railway goes ahead from Friday as the company continue to refuse to engage in a serious talks process that could reach an agreement.  As a...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT South Western Railway Guards' safety action rock solid
  Rail union RMT said today that members are standing rock solid and united across the South Western Railway network this morning in the fight to retain guards and protect safety, security and accessibility on the companies services. RMT General...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, driver only operation, doo, strike
RMT strike action on South Western Railway to go ahead
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that the next round of strike action on South Western Railway goes ahead from tomorrow after the company made a mockery of agreed talks this week and sabotaged a process that could have reached agreement. ...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms new strike dates on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a new round of strike action on South Western Railway after the company made a mockery of agreed talks and sabotaged a process that could have reached agreement. RMT has accused the company of sending...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms further strike dates on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that further strike action will take place on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits.  RMT has...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT suspends this Saturday's strike action on South Western
Rail union RMT confirmed today that it has agreed to suspend the next 24 hours of strike action on South Western Railway scheduled for this Saturday to allow for further talks around the issue of the guard guarantee. The union decision...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms further strike action goes ahead tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that the next phase of strike action will go ahead exactly as planned tomorrow in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway as the company walked away from...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT sets out catalogue of safety abuses during SWR strike
As talks aimed at resolving the dispute over the axing of safety-critical guards on South Western Railway get underway at ACAS today, rail union RMT has written to the safety regulator, the ORR, setting out a catalogue of fundamental and...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
Govt advisors warned DOO trains are ‘toxic’ for disabled
As RMT guards on South Western Railway take strike action in defence of safety and accessibility again today the union has shone the spotlight on recently released government documents which show that the government’s own advisors warned of the adverse...
Region: National
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, rssb, rdg, dptac, abc, association of british commuters
JOINT STATEMENT ON MERSEYRAIL GUARDS' DISPUTE
“The meeting was scheduled to enable an update on the ACAS process to date from the RMT’s perspective and we discussed the next phase of the negotiations. Today’s discussions have been positive and constructive and we have made good progress...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, acas, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms strike action on South Western Railway tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that the next phase of strike action will go ahead exactly as planned tomorrow in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway as the company continue to refuse...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT tables motion at TUC calling for Grayling to go
WITH NORTHERN RAIL back in the headlines again this morning rail union RMT has confirmed that it has tabled a motion at this year’s Trade Union Congress in Manchester in September calling for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to go. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, chris grayling, dft, tuc
South Western could be paid to not run trains
Questions tabled by MPs have revealed that the taxpayer, via the government, is set to pay South Western trains not to run trains during current strike action by RMT.  The shocking revelation com‎es as RMT members prepare for the next...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT South Western Railway Guards' safety action rock solid
‎"RMT members are standing rock solid and united again this morning across South Western Railway in the latest phase of the campaign to put public safety, security and access before private profit.  “RMT is angry and frustrated that a request...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
South Western Railway fail to respond to RMT talks offer
Rail union RMT said today that it is angry and frustrated that South Western Railway have failed to respond seriously to a union call for talks around the guard guarantee on their trains with an eight day programme of industrial...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
Eight days of strike action set to start Thursday
RAIL UNION RMT today warned that the South Western Railways franchise is teetering on the brink as it emerged that the franchise is having to be renegotiated just days before the workforce is due to begin a further programme of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms further strike action on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action will take place in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway.  The action has been confirmed after the company effectively sabotaged the talks process by...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT to take Guards campaign to Durham Miners Gala
RMT will have its customary stall at the Big Meeting where members, including Northern Rail guards, will be reinforcing the core message of putting public safety before the private profits of Arriva Rail North. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:...
Region: North East
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms further strike action on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that further strike action will take place two weeks Saturday on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT slams latest kick in the teeth for the North
RMT slams latest kick in the teeth for the North after reports that Grayling is to scrap Leeds to Manchester electrification. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Is is being widely reported today that Chris Grayling is to axe another key...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT demands that Government cut the rhetoric
Following reports this morning that the Government have warned the basket-case GTR franchise that they are drinking in the "last chance saloon" rail union RMT has demanded that Ministers cut out the hot air and rhetoric and strip both Govia...
Region: National
Tagged with: gtr, southern, northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT seeks agreement to address Transport For The North Board
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has written to Transport for the North seeking permission to address their full board meeting in Manchester tomorrow - 28th June - to present the union case for retaining safety-critical guards on Northern Rail services....
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls on Northern to stop blocking talks
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members have been unflinching in their fight to defend safety and access to rail services across the North for well over a year and they stand united on the picket lines across the...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT on Andy Burnham/Steve Rotheram statement on Northern
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Clearly this is a significant intervention from Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram and shows that RMT’s campaign to keep a guard on Northern Rail trains is pulling in growing and powerful levels of political...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, andy burnham, steve rotheram
RMT strike action rock solid on Northern Rail
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members on Northern Rail stand rock solid and united once again this morning in this long running dispute which is ‎about putting public safety and access before private profit on our railways. "RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT suspends strike action on South Western Railway
“RMT welcomes the fact that following joint talks with South Western Railway, under the auspices of conciliation service ACAS, and subsequent correspondence, adequate progress has been made regarding the dispute over the role of the Guard and the extension of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
Northern taxpayers will be footing bill for strike action
‎RAIL UNION RMT has called for last ditch talks to resolve this week's strike action as it is revealed northern taxpayers and passengers, and not Northern Rail, are footing the bill for the cost of strike action. A clause in...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, chris grayling, dft, tory government, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco
RMT suspends strike action on Greater Anglia
“RMT welcomes the fact that Greater Anglia have put forward an improved offer during a meeting between the management and the union. “In our view the offer is good enough to be put to the membership with a view to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms further strike action on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway. RMT has instructed members not to book on duty from 00:01 on Thursday 21st June 2018 until 23:59 on Saturday...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT warns that Northern planning to shred safety culture
RAIL UNION RMT has warned that Northern Rail are planning to shred the safety culture in the same way that they have shredded the timetables as it was confirmed today that further strike action will be taking place over attacks...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT strike action rock solid on Northern Rail this morning
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members on Northern Rail stand rock solid and united once again this morning in this long running dispute which is ‎about putting public safety and access before private profit on our railways. "We...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT demands publication of Northern contract documentation
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded full disclosure of all the contract documentation on the crisis-hit Northern Rail franchise as it becomes increasingly clear that the German-owned Arriva outfit still get paid by the British taxpayer whether they run services or...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, andy burnham, arriva, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that further strike action will go ahead exactly as planned on Arriva Rail North this week over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco,
RMT confirms further strike action on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that further strike action will be taking place on Arriva Rail North over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits. ‎...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, abellio, greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT supports MPs call for inquiry into “crisis” on Northern
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed a cross party motion tabled by MPs calling for an inquiry into the “crisis” on Northern Rail services and for consideration to be given to Arriva being stripped of the franchise and returned to public...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, abellio, greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT strike action rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members on Northern Rail and Greater Anglia stand rock solid and united once again this morning in separate disputes which are ‎about putting public safety and access before private profit on our railways....
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, abellio, greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Strike action on Northern & Greater Anglia goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed further strike action in separate disputes over rail safety and the axing of guards on Arriva Rail North and Greater Anglia goes ahead tomorrow as planned. RMT members on both franchises will strike for 24 hours on...
Region: National
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, northern rail, arriva rail north, doo, dco, driver only operations, guards, conductors
RMT welcomes MPs call for Greater Anglia to settle dispute
On the day of the latest phase of industrial action on rail safety RMT has welcomed a call from a parliamentary motion parliament calling on Greater Anglia to settle the long running Guards’ dispute. The motion tabled by MPs, including...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT strike action goes ahead on Greater Anglia tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said today that 24 hours of strike action on Greater Anglia tomorrow, Saturday 5th May, in a long running dispute over rail safety and the role of the guard, goes ahead exactly as planned. RMT General Secretary Mick...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT strike action goes ahead on Greater Anglia this weekend
RAIL UNION RMT said today that 24 hours of strike action on Greater Anglia on Saturday 5th May in a long running dispute over rail safety and the role of the guard goes ahead exactly as planned. RMT General Secretary Mick...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Strike action suspended on South Western Railway
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said: “The union welcomes the fact that SWR has agreed to our offer of ACAS talks in the current safety dispute over the threat to guards and the extension of driver only operation. “As a...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, industrial action, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls for halt to axing of guards
Rail union RMT today issued a fresh call for a halt to the axing of guards on Britain’s trains as the  Office of Rail and Road (ORR) announced that  it will create an advisory group to support work on potential...
Region: National
Tagged with: orr, office of rail and road, tory government, chris grayling, disabled accessibility, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT confirms further strike action over guards and safety
RMT members on all three franchises will strike for 24 hours on Wednesday 9th May. In addition, members on South Western Railway will also strike for 24 hours on 11th May, 14th May, 16th May and 18th May. The announcement of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, arriva rail north, northern rail, abellio, greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Messages of support for RMT
Unguarded small List of senders of messages of support International Transport Federation Executive Board Caroline Lucas – MP for Brighton Pavilion Prison officers Association Disability Rights UK National Association of Probation Officers University and Colleges Union (UCU) UNISON Bakers, Food...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT protest over rail safety on Wednesday
RAIL UNION RMT  will be holding a national protest against Driver Only Operation outside Parliament this Wednesday, 25th April, at 11.30 at Old Palace Yard, London, SW1P 3JY (Opposite the Palace of Westminster and in front of the George V statue)....
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, national protest
National RMT Protest Against Driver Only Operation
RAIL UNION RMT  will be holding a national protest against Driver Only Operation outside Parliament on Weds 25th April at 11.30 at Old Palace Yard, London, SW1P 3JY (Opposite the Palace of Westminster and in front of the George V statue)....
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, national protest
RMT confirms further action on Greater Anglia
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members will strike for a further 24 hours on Saturday 5th May in a long running dispute over rail safety and the role of the guard.  In a message to members today RMT General Secretary...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, guards, conductors, driver only operation
RMT welcomes disabled campaigners' action
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed a series of action’s taking place in London next week – Wednesday 18th April – in support of the campaign to keep guards on South Western Railway trains.   Campaigners from the “Save Access at...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, industrial action, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT Protest Against Driver Only Operation
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be holding a national protest outside Parliament on Weds 25th April at 11.30 at Old Palace Yard, London, SW1P 3JY (Opposite the Palace of Westminster and in front of the George V statue). ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, national protest
RMT campaigning over axing of guards on Northern Rail
RMT members to hold week of protest at stations across the north over threats to safety, service and accessibility. This weekend marked the second anniverary of Arriva taking over the Northern Rail franchise. Instead of the much heralded promises of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms ACAS talks in Merseyrail Guards' safety dispute
“Merseyrail wrote to RMT on the 19th of March stating for the first time in this dispute that  “We will enter into talks accepting that the outcome may be a second person on every train”.  Merseyrail’s previous refusal of this...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms industrial action goes ahead on SWR
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a further phase of industrial action involving members on South Western Railway will go ahead over Easter in the dispute over safety, the role of the guard and the rolling out of Driver Only...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT secures renewed mandates for action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed today that it has secured overwhelming votes to continue with action in the rail safety disputes on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandates with both employers under the...
Region: National
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, greater anglia, abellio, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco
RMT confirms two days of strike action on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that a further two days of strike action on Northern Rail over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased profits goes ahead...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT thrashes out terms for ACAS talks in Merseyrail dispute
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has hammered out proposed terms of reference for ACAS talks in the year-long Merseyrail dispute over the axing of guards after the company accepted, for the first time, ‎the possibility of having a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms industrial action on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a further phase of industrial action involving members on South Western Railway will go ahead over Easter in the dispute over safety, the role of the guard and the rolling out of Driver Only...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, industrial action, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
First anniversary of Merseyrail Guards' dispute
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   “This dispute has needlessly dragged on for a year now due to the fact that it hasn’t cost the employer, Merseyrail, a single penny piece. Liverpool City Region council tax payers are having...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT Arriva Rail North protest at German Embassy today
RMT is demanding that the German state end their profiteering on UK railways through their rail operation Arriva, which runs the Northern Rail franchise, and is helping to drive the moves to axe guards on the service. RMT General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT to lobby German embassy
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a lobby outside the German Embassy in London, on the first anniversary of Northern members striking to save the role of the safety critical role of a guard, before handing over a letter to...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern and Merseyrail strike action "united & determined"
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our members on both Northern and Merseyrail stand united and determined this morning in these two separate disputes which are about putting public safety before private profit.   "The weather over the past week...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern and Merseyrail strike action goes ahead tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said today that further strike action tomorrow, Saturday 3rd March, in separate disputes with train operating companies Northern and Merseyrail over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT condemns Arriva Rail North
Rail union RMT today condemned Arriva Rail North for its total betrayal of the travelling public as the German-owned company refused point blank a union offer of talks ahead of Saturday’s strike action. In a circular to staff today Northern...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls further strike action on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and driver members on Southern Rail will take further strike action in the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard, the extension of DOO and the guarantee of a second ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
South Western Railway action goes ahead tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involving members on South Western Railway goes ahead from tomorrow in the dispute over safety, the role of the guard and the rolling out of Driver Only Operation after management at the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Further 24 hours of strike action on Northern and Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT today announced further strike action on Saturday 3rd March in separate disputes with train operating companies Northern and Merseyrail over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
South Western Railway Guards' safety dispute action resumes
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involving members on South Western Railway goes ahead from Friday 16th February in the dispute over safety, the role of the guard and the rolling out of Driver Only Operation after management...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT calls on South Western Railway to talk about Guards'
RAIL UNION RMT today called on South Western Railway to call off the bullying and start talking after the company sent threatening and intimidating letters to individual union members suggesting that they will be making illegal deductions to the wages...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern Rail train splits in two
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT awaits the findings from the investigation into this potentially horrific incident but once again it demonstrates the need to have a guard on Northern Rail trains to deal with these emergency situations.  ...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms further industrial action on South Western
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that members on South Western Railway will be taking further action from Friday 16th February in the dispute over safety, the role of the guard and the rolling out of Driver Only Operation. Members will...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT to lobby "Merseyrail stakeholders"
RAIL UNION RMT will be lobbying the Merseyrail stakeholders reception this Thursday – 25th January- as part of the on-going campaign in defence of guards on Merseyrail trains:   The lobby details are as follows:   MERSEYRAIL “STAKEHOLDERS RECEPTION”  ...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Merseyrail blows Metro Mayor’s cover on guard talks
THE FALLACY that Merseyrail is prepared to enter talks without preconditions over the safety role of guards has been blown wide apart by the company’s own letter to staff.   In a round-robin to guards, operations director Zoe Hands makes...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, steve rotheram
RMT members standing firm this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our members are standing firm this morning in the separate disputes across the country in defence of rail safety and the role of the guard.    "This week, in the midst of the Tory...
Region: National
Tagged with: driver only operation, doo, greater anglia, south western railway, merseyrail, arriva rail north, guards, conductors
Damning National Audit Office report into Southern
In a report today the National Audit Office (NAO) detail the Department for Transport’s (DfT) abject failure with regards to the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Franchise.   Noting that between September 2014 and September 2017 GTR passengers have experienced the worst overall...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, nao, national audit office, guards, doo, driver only operation
RMT confirms that strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action goes ahead exactly as planned on Wednesday and Friday in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of...
Region: National
Tagged with: greater anglia, south western railway, swr, merseyrail, arriva rail north, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
South Western Railway hauled to account for their failure
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The news that South Western Railway are being hauled in by the passenger watchdog today to account for their abysmal performance should be a wake up call to this company and should force an immediate...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, mtr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT calls for urgent summit talks with Chris Grayling
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “Earlier today Conservative HQ confirmed that Chris Grayling was moving from transport, a move that might have opened up a fresh approach from the Government to the current disputes over rail safety.  That...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, secretary of state for transport, dft, driver only operation
RMT proposes rail summit over driver only disputes
In an attempt to break the deadlock of the driver only train disputes RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written today to the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling proposing a summit with the Department for Transport, the train...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strikes, Disputes, driver only
RMT confirms that strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action goes ahead exactly as planned next week in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only...
Region: National
Tagged with: strike, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, northern rail, southern rail, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway
RMT challenges SWR for urgent clarification over Guards
General Secretary Mick Cash said. "We have seen the press statement from SWR guaranteeing to roster a second member of staff on their trains which is at odds with what they have been telling us directly. "I have written to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Northern Rail strike action goes ahead
Rail union RMT has confirmed that three days of strike action on Northern Rail goes ahead next week exactly as planned after the company refused point blank to enter into serious and genuine negotiations that could have brokered a way...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, arriva rail north, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to meet South Western Railway and Northern Rail today
Rail union RMT will be meeting with senior managers from South Western Railway and Northern Rail today – 3rd January - in last ditch talks aimed at brokering a solution to the guards’ safety dispute with the next phase of three...
Region: National
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, northern rail, arriva rail north, southern rail, gtr, greater anglia, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT identifies 141 station “crime hot spot and no-go areas”
TO COINCIDE with today’s strike action on South Western Railway in defence of rail safety, rail union RMT has revealed the 141 unstaffed stations which it fears will become crime hot spots and no-go areas for vulnerable and disabled passengers if...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT launches new film in support of Keep the Guard campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launches a new film and social media drive in support of both the “Keep The Guard” campaign and the workers involved in disputes across the country in defence of rail safety. A short film “Unguarded”, weaving...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, unguarded, southern rail, southern railways, merseyrail, arriva rail, north, greater anglia, abellio, arriva, guards, conductors,
Greater Anglia rail staff fighting for passenger safety
Greater Anglia rail staff fighting for passenger safety this morning‎. (Picture attached from Ipswich Picket Line.). General Secretary Mick Cash said: "Our members on Greater Anglia are standing firm and united again in their strike action for ‎rail safety today....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, guards, conductors, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation
A million more trains a year to run without guards
RAIL UNION RMT has predicted that over a million more trains a year will run without guards on the five companies RMT is currently in dispute with, Greater Anglia Railway, Merseyrail, Northern Rail, Southern Rail and South Western Railway. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, southern, southern rail, south western railway, greater anglia, merseyrail, arriva rail north
RMT announces DOO strike action in New Year
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action in January in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern rail, southern railways, southern, swr, south western railway, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, island line, greater anglia, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
New dates on SWR and Greater Anglia Guards dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today announced strike action on Greater Anglia and South Western Railway later this month in separate disputes over the threat to guards and the safety of the travelling public.   On Greater Anglia members will take strike...
Region: National
Tagged with: greater anglia, south western railway, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT welcomes Rail North representatives’ opposition to DOO
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which covers Leeds Council, York Council, Bradford Council, Calderdale Council, Kirklees Council and Wakefield Council for RMT’s campaign to keep the Guard on Northern rail services.   The support...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, rail north, doo, dco, arriva, rail north, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT confirms 24 hours of strike action on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members on Merseyrail will take a further 24 hours of strike action on December 22nd, in the dispute over guards and rail safety, that the union says could be easily resolved if senior Merseyside Labour...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, steve rotheram
RMT welcomes Labour MP Dan Carden’s backing
Rail union RMT has welcomed Labour MP Dan Cardens support for their fight to keep the guard on our trains. The Liverpool Walton Labour MPs has been a solid supporter of the guards and this week  Mr Carden secured a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, dan carden mp, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT seeks meeting with Liverpool’s Metro Mayor
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it will be seeking a meeting with Liverpool’s Metro Mayor to secure a positive and constructive response to proposals put forward by MPs to resolve the Merseyrail dispute.  ‎ Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, steve rotheram, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT slams latest effort by train company-funded safety body
RMT responds to report on Driver Only Operation issued today by George Bearfield, Director of System Safety at RSSB. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “This  report has been written by someone who is employed  by the same rail  bosses ...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail safety and standards board, rssb, george bearfield, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT sets out road map to resolve Merseyrail dispute
As MPs prepare to debate the Merseyrail guards’ industrial action at Westminster this evening RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written to the Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and other political leaders in the Liverpool City...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, joe anderson, steve rotheram
RMT launches direct challenge to rail safety body
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a direct challenge to the rail safety body, the RSSB, to fundamentally review it’s conflicted position on Driver Only Operation and the danger to passengers at the Platform Train Interface after the organisation was forced...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, platform train interface, pti, guards, conductors, southern rail, gtr, northern rail, arriva, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr, first group
RMT slams latest rail industry whitewash
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said   “The Government-cheerleaders from the self-styled Rail Delivery Group’s own report into disabled access was supressed because rail bosses did not like its conclusions that there should be a guard on every train  ...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail delivery group, rdg, orr, office of road and rail, disbaled access, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for an end to the attack on guards
RAIL UNION RMT today called for an immediate halt and reversal of plans to axe guards from Britain's trains after the rail safety body, the RSSB, produced new research warning of a growing danger at the platform train interface and...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, southern rail, gtr, south western railway, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, rssb, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT raises serious SWR safety breaches
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it has written to the rail safety regular, the Office of Road and Rail, setting out a series of serious safety breaches during last week’s strike action on South Western Railway. The incidents, which...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, first group, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, safety breach, strike, orr, office of road and rail
Second day of latest phase of action in rail safety disputes
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members involved in this second day in the latest phase of action on Greater Anglia, Southern and South Western Railway remain solid and united this morning  in separate disputes which are about putting...
Region: National
Tagged with: arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, southern, southern rail, gtr, south western railway, swr, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to drivers ballot result on Southern Rail
“This shoddy deal, sponsored by Theresa May and Chris Grayling, extends and institutionalises discrimination against disabled and older people. Where once such passengers who required assistance were guaranteed a second member of staff to assist a new clause in this...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, aslef, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members standing rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members stand solid, united and determined again this morning in the latest phase of strike action in a raft of separate disputes which are about putting safety, security and access to transport services...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, southern rail, south western railway, merseyrail, greater anglia, doo, driver only operation
RMT responds to Government-cheerleaders, the RDG
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These strikes are about rail safety and accessibility pure and simple. Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation....
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action, northern, northern rail, arriva, gtr, southern, southern rail, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr, rail union, rmt
RMT warns that Greater Anglia are risking public safety
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “The only way that Greater Anglia can be running these services is through taking serious risks with public safety just as they did during the last phase of strike action. Passengers need to be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, orr, office of road and rail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
South Western Railway will discriminate against disabled pax
RAIL UNION RMT warns that Chris Grayling’s plans for driver only trains on South Western Railway will discriminate against older and disabled passengers. The warning comes as an analysis of South Western Railway’s existing policy for protecting older and disabled...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, disabled passengers, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Former Merseytravel boss calls for rethink on Guards
Former Merseytravel boss Mark Dowd OBE has called for a rethink of the plan to remove guards from Merseyrail. In a letter to the union journal RMT News Mr Dowd highlighted concerns about a doubling of sexual assaults on the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseytravel, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT warns of danger to passengers from strike breaking plans
RAIL UNION RMT has today issued a warning that rail operator’s strike breaking plans this week will put passengers at serious risk. RMT is aware that rail companies are training up rail staff who have previously had no rail operational...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strikes, industrial action, greater anglia, southern, southern rail, gtr, abellio, swr, south western railway, northern, northern rail, arriva, merseyrail,
RMT hits back at Chris Grayling
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These strikes are about rail safety pure and simple. Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation. Those are...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, evening standard, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action, northern, northern rail, arriva, gtr, southern, southern rail, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr
RMT calls for clarification from Government and ARN
RMT is calling clarification from the Government and Arriva Northern as a Tory MPs says “we will not have guard less trains” as political opposition to driver only trains increases in the North. In a letter to a constituent seen...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arn, northern, northern rail, arriva, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
South Western Railway derailment reinforces need for guards
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT awaits the facts behind the derailment this morning and our local reps are monitoring the situation on the ground. "Yet again this incident shows the importance of having guards on our trains to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, derailment, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
Row between ORR and train operator over strike day safety
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that contingency plans put in place by Greater Anglia for RMT strike action over rail safety this week have collapsed into "dangerous chaos" after campaigning by the union opened up an extraordinary row between the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, orr, office of road and rail, strike safety, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT warns that Greater Anglia are risking public safety
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “The only way that Greater Anglia can be running these services is through taking serious risks with public safety just as they did during the last phase of strike action. Passengers need to be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, office of road and rail, orr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Northern Rail strike action on next week
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   "The abject failure of Arriva Rail North bosses to take today's talks seriously means that the action next week goes ahead and the disruption that will be unleashed will be entirely down to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, arn, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for safety regulator to intervene on Southern Rail
Rail union RMT today called for an urgent intervention from the safety regulator as yet another serious incident exposes the need for guards on Southern Rail trains – just a week before the next phase of RMT strike action. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, pti
RMT confirms talks on Friday in Northern Rail dispute
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT has made it clear that if we are given the opportunity we can negotiate arrangements that protect the role and position of the guard and the safety of the travelling public on...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls on rail regulator to intervene over Greater Anglia
RAIL UNION RMT has today written to the rail safety regulator, the Office of Road and Rail, demanding that they take urgent action to prevent a replay of the serious safety breaches that the union uncovered, and which were backed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT slams Chris Grayling
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed a letter sent to MP’s by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over the on-going guard’s safety disputes as “a wholly misleading work of fiction that damages the prospects of reaching a negotiated with the train companies...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: chris grayling, rmt, southern southern rail, gtr, aslef, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Shocking smashed window incident on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that South Western Railway reverse their plans to axe guards on their services after it emerged that the guard on board a train thought to have been hit by a brick yesterday was instrumental in...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, swt, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls on Southern Rail staff to reject company plan
Rail union RMT today called on Southern Rail staff to continue to stand united and reject the latest company and government proposals to extend Driver Only Operation which would destroy the principles of safe operation and access to services for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef
RMT announces further DOO strike action
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action in November in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, swr, south western railway, abellio, greater anglia, arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, arriva, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors,
RMT calls for Greater Anglia to be stripped of its franchise
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash will call on the Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling to strip Dutch state owned Greater Anglia of their franchise at a meeting in Norwich tonight - Friday 20th October - after the rail safety regulator...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, office of rail and road, orr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT response to proposed drivers' "deal" on Southern/GTR
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Once again RMT has been excluded from these negotiations and from what we have seen so far this is exactly the sort of deal that Southern and Chris Grayling have been hoping for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef
RMT demands urgent action from rail regulator
  RAIL UNION RMT has today written yet again to the rail safety regulator demanding action over serious safety failures by strike-breaking managers on Greater Anglia as the union raises concerns that the regulator is colluding with the company to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, dco, doo, driver only operation, orr, office of rail and road, ian prosser, guards, conductors
RMT identifies 330 station “crime hot spot and no-go areas”
IN ADVANCE OF TODAY’S STRIKE ACTION over Northern Rail’s plans for Driver Only trains RMT has named 330 unstaffed stations which it fears will become crime hot spots and no-go areas for vulnerable and disabled passengers if rail bosses get away...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, northern, arriva rail north, unstaffed stations, doo, driver only operation
RMT calls for full disclosure of G. Anglia safety breaches
RMT has called for full disclosure of all Greater Anglia’s Safety breaches after it emerged that strike breaking members of staff had opened the train doors on the wrong side resulting in passengers going onto the tracks. The potentially disastrous...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, ga, abellio, dco, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT slams latest bullying tactics by Southern Rail
Rail union RMT today slammed the latest bullying tactics deployed by the basket-case Southern Rail outfit as company bosses attempt to intimidate staff fighting for rail safety back to work with a set of threats to pensions and warnings of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, bullying, angie doll
RMT seeks urgent meeting with Liverpool leaders
AN URGENT meeting with Liverpool City Region leaders is being sought today by rail union RMT following revelation of “a shocking litany of misinformation, distortion and blatant lie” in a Merseytravel report on the Merseyrail guards dispute.   A five-page...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, liverpool city region, raib, rail accident investigation branch, steve rotheram, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors, james street
RMT alerts MPs and Safety Regulator over Greater Anglia
RMT has written to MP’s and the rail safety regulator alerting them to two incidents this morning where Greater Anglia’s decision to put strike breaking before safety could have had potentially catastrophic consequences. The first was the 0510 Norwich to Sheringham...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, dco, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members vote overwhelmingly for action on SWR
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members on South Western Railway have voted overwhelmingly for action in a dispute over rail safety. Over 80% of members on SWR have voted to strike on a turnout of over 76% with even higher numbers...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, south west trains, swt, mtr, first, dco, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT writes to Merseyrail owners with “fair” proposal
RAIL UNION RMT has written to Merseyrail’s joint owners – in advance of two days of strike action next week – with what the union called a “realistic and fair” proposal to resolve the Guards’ dispute. The union has also...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, serco, doo, dco, guards, conductors, driver only operation
Wales to retain Safety Critical Guards
Rail union RMT today welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Government's First Minister Carwyn Jones that it has committed for the next franchise to keep a safety critical conductor or guard on all of the Wales & Borders trains and...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: guards, conductors, safety critical, welsh first minister, wales and borders, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms escalation of action on Greater Anglia
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that members on Greater Anglia will take further action over the potential extension of Driver Only Operation, and the clear threat to passenger safety, following the company's continuing refusal to give a guarantee on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, dco, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action
RMT strike action goes ahead on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that strike action on Northern Rail in the guards safety dispute goes ahead exactly as planned next week after the company wrecked talks yesterday that could have mapped out a solution.   Arriva stand accused...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, dco, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action
RMT responds to Greater Anglia claims
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is aware of plans Greater Anglia are putting in place to minimise the effect of RMT industrial action during our current dispute. This includes providing a rushed and compressed training to non-safety critical staff...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, dco, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action
Preparations well under way for strike action
RAIL UNION RMT said that preparations are well under way for strike action in four separate disputes over the threat to guards and safety as private train operators press ‎ahead with plans to extend Driver Only Operation - putting private profits...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
South Western Railway boss promises to abide by ballot
Rail union RMT today seized on a statement from the top boss at South Western Railways that he will respect and abide by the ballot ‎result of RMT members over the role of guards and extension of DOO - interpreted by...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, first, mtr, andy mellors, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT warns of "scab army" threat to safety on Greater Anglia
RAIL UNION RMT today warned of a severe threat to passenger safety on Greater Anglia, from a hastily cobbled together scab army of managers, drafted in by Abellio in a desperate bid to break strike action by RMT members in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, office of road and rail, orr, doo, dco, guards, conductors, driver only operation, strike action
RMT confirms two days of strike action on Arriva Rail North
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a further two days of strike action on Arriva Rail North will go ahead on Tuesday 3rd October and Thursday 5th October as the company continues to resist all efforts to make progress in...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms action on Greater Anglia over threat to Guards
Members will strike between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Tuesday 3rd October and Thursday 5th October.   ‎RMT has balloted both drivers and guards members and over 200 Greater Anglia guards, on a whopping 90% turn out, have voted by a massive nine...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls further strike action on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and driver members on Southern Rail will take further strike action in the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard, the extension of DOO and the guarantee of a second ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms new phase of strike action on Merseyrail
A FURTHER PHASE OF STRIKE ACTION BY MEMBERS OF RAIL UNION RMT will go ahead on Merseyrail early next month following the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT confirms vote for action on Greater Anglia over Guards
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that members on Greater Anglia have voted overwhelmingly ‎for both strike action and action short of a strike  over the potential extension of Driver Only Operation, and the clear threat to passenger safety, following the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Second day of latest phase of rock-solid Merseyrail strike
‎On second day of latest phase of rock-solid Merseyrail strike action over safety-critical guards RMT repeats demand to Labour politicians "Which side are you on?"   General Secretary Mick Cash said;     "Politicians on Merseyside have no mandate for...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, strike
RMT warning over Northern staffing plans
RAIL UNION RMT warns today that a Northern Rail bulletin issued to staff ahead of tomorrow’s  strike action breaches existing legal commitments to protect older and disabled passengers.   Northern Rail have said that in future they only want:  ...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT in dispute with South Western Railway over Guards
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a failure by South Western Railway  franchise holder First MTR to give clear, cast-iron assurances over the future of guards on their trains has now triggered a formal dispute with the company. The union...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swt, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, south west trains
Merseyrail talks latest
RAIL UNION RMT has today thrown out the question to Labour politicians across Merseyside “Which side are you on?”, after talks with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and Merseytravel officials failed to make any progress in advance of the next three...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT calls for details on Aslef deal with Southern
Rail union RMT has today written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling for full disclosure of the details after hearing reports that a deal had been agreed between ASLEF and Southern/GTR in the Driver Only Operation dispute. With Southern staff...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, aslef, transport secretary, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for urgent clarification from Greater Anglia
RAIL UNION RMT has today written to Greater Anglia seeking urgent clarification over media comments by a company representative yesterday evening. The letter to the company from RMT general secretary Mick Cash says: I am writing with regards to an...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT blasts government over disabled access "sham"
Five years after the last government ‘Action plan to improve accessibility for all’ Rail Minister Paul Maynard today launched a new consultation on yet another "plan" - at the same time as the Government are demanding that train companies axe the...
Region: National
Tagged with: accessibility action plan, consultation, disabled access, dft, department for transport, paul maynard, dpac, doo, driver only operation
Union calls on South Western Railway to maintain Guards
As Chinese State owned MTR takes over the South West Trains contract RMT has called on SWT Chinese owner’s operator to honour previous commitments made to South West Trains passengers to keep a guard on every train. A SWT poster...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swt, south west trains, south western railway, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT ramps up pressure on Chris Grayling
RAIL UNION RMT has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today calling for his urgent intervention to broker round-table discussions with all parties involved in the Southern Rail guards/DOO disputes after the company issued an entirely misleading communication to staff...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft,
RMT negotiations with Southern Rail stall
Talks between officials from rail union RMT and the parent company of Southern Rail have stalled this afternoon, leading to a call from RMT General Secretary Mick Cash for round table discussions involving all parties with a direct interest in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Labour party research showing surge in overcrowding
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These are shocking new figures that show once again that the British people are paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on rammed out and unreliable services while the private train companies are...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail overcrowding, labour party, doo, driver only operation
RMT confirms meeting with Southern Rail next week
Rail union RMT has confirmed that it will be meeting with Southern Rail next Monday – 7th August - in the long-running guards’ and drivers’ disputes over the basic principle of rail safety. RMT had hoped to get a meeting with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT writes to train companies seeking talks on Guards
The current disputes are on Northern, Southern and Merseyrail. A dispute has been declared on Greater Anglia and ballot preparations are underway and the union has also set clear deadlines for assurances on the future role of the guard on...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, southern, northern, southern rail, northern rail, abellio, gtr, merseyrail, south west trains, greater anglia
RMT on meeting with Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: "We have had a productive meeting today and there was a full and frank exchange of views and information. “Both sides agreed to continue the dialogue and we will reconvene within the next 6 weeks"...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, steve rotheram
Merseyrail Kirkdale picket line this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "The strike action on Merseyrail in defence of rail safety and access is rock solid again this morning as RMT sends out the clearest possible message that the fight to retain guards on trains...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail strike action on for Sunday
STRIKE ACTION BY MEMBERS OF RAIL UNION RMT goes ahead on Sunday on Merseyrail after the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart of the on-going dispute - the future...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to urge Chris Grayling to resolve Southern dispute
On the day that RMT General Secretary Mick Cash meets Chris Grayling the union has called on the Secretary of State to direct Southern to break the deadlock in the long-running Southern Rail dispute by agreeing an accessibility guarantee which...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on talks with Chris Grayling today
"RMT has met with Chris Grayling this afternoon and we have had a full and frank exchange and views and the Secretary of State has now had an opportunity to get a clear understanding of RMT's position on Southern Rail...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to meet with Transport Secretary tomorrow
A spokesperson for the union said;   "RMT can confirm that the union will be meeting with the Secretary of State over Southern Rail tomorrow and we look forward to hearing his positive proposals for resolving the current guards' and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT suspends strike action on Southern Rail
RMT's executive has today taken the following decisions; Guards; "That we note the letter of 18th July from Chris Grayling, inviting the General Secretary to meet subject to RMT suspending our planned action for both Drivers and Conductors. "We therefore...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft
RMT calls further Southern Rail strike action
RMT’s NEC has considered this matter again today and due to the total failure of both the Government and GTR to make any moves at all to resolve the dispute has instructed Southern guards members not to book on for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to ballot for action on Greater Anglia
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it is to ballot guards and drivers affected by the potential extension of DOO for both strike action and action short of a strike after the company failed to give a guarantee on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT strike action over safety and access solidly supported
 RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;  "Once again RMT members are standing firm in the fight for safe and accessible rail services this morning. The action in the two separate disputes on Northern and Merseyrail is being solidly supported across...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arn, arriva, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT welcomes MPs backing for keeping guards on Merseyrail
 A motion has been tabled in parliament by Liverpool Walton MP Dan Carden and supported by City of Chester MP Chris Matheson amongst others. The motion “recognizes the vital role that guards play in providing advice and assistance and deterring...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT releases proposed deal to break Southern Rail deadlock
On the day that the RMT General Secretary Mick Cash meets MPs on the Southern Rail Cross Party Group and when MPs later debate the government sponsored Gibb report, RMT has released a fresh proposal to break the deadlock in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, dft, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Theresa May on Southern Rail at PMQ's
"If the Prime Minister genuinely wants the unions to get back into talks with Southern Rail‎ she has the power to make that happen in the time it would take her to pick up the phone and instruct her contractors...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Southern Rail
Members will strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Monday 10th July 2017.‎ Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access for well over a year now. “The franchise...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike dates on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed new strike dates on Merseyrail after the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart of the on-going dispute - the future of the safety critical...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT responds to Government Gibb Report "fit up"
"No wonder the Government have sat on the Gibb report for seven months. It's taken them that long to slice and fillet it into a document that they can spin up as an attack on the unions and the staff....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, gibb report, dft, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation
Further three days of strike action on Arriva Rail North
Rail union RMT has confirmed that a further three days of strike action on Arriva Rail North will go ahead on Saturday 8th July, Sunday 9th July and Monday 10th July as the company continues to resist all efforts to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva, arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for assurances on Guards on South West Trains
RMT calls for assurances on Guards as new South Western Trains rolling stock plans unveiled this morning. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: "There is an agreement in place on South West Trains that there will be no extension of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south west trains, swt, first mtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail overcrowding
"Southern is a company that instead of running a railway decided to declare war on its staff and passengers alike. "We have received reports of appalling and dangerous overcrowding in the severe heat at Victoria and East Croydon last night...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation
RMT exposes rail bodies collusion in drive to axe guards
RAIL UNION RMT today releases e-mail proof of collusion and complicity in the whole Driver Only Operation saga between the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)  and the Department for Transport (DfT). Michael Woods Head...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail safety and standards board, rssb, department for transport, dft, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, southern, southern rail, northern, northern rail, gtr, arriva, merseyrail
Southern Rail passengers court date with DfT
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The spotlight is now well and truly back on the basket case Southern Rail franchise and their unconditional support from this minority government regardless of the safety and service consequences. "RMT's executive will be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, dft, doo, driver only operation, abc, ab commuters
RMT calls on Fi‎rst MTR to give DOO assurances
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded clear assurances from First MTR, the outfit due to take over the South West Trains franchise in late August, that they will honour a written commitment dating back to 1998 not to ex‎tend Driver Only Operation...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swt, south west trains, first, mtr, first mtr, doo, driver only operation
RMT calls for urgent talks in Southern Rail safety dispute
RMT calls for urgent talks in Southern Rail safety disputes as ASLEF put overtime ban back on RMT General Secretary Mick Cash on ASLEF announcement yesterday evening; "This is a highly significant development and its about time Southern stopped treating...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, gibb report, doo, driver only operation
RMT demands immediate halt to axing of rail guards
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This election has sent out the clearest possible message that the British people have rejected the Tory programme of cuts, austerity, privatisation and division. "Despite Theresa May and her allies throwing the full weight...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, doo, driver only operation, northern, southern, merseyrail
RMT calls for urgent security summit over driver only trains
The UK's largest rail union, RMT, has today called for an urgent security summit as it warns that rail staff cuts and the introduction of driver only trains will increase the terror risks faced by passengers. The warning came as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Driver Only Operation, Security
RMT suspends strike action
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, arriva rail north, northern, southern, southern rail, gtr, merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on ASLEF announcing Southern Rail overtime ban
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “This is an important and significant  development and RMT would now call on GTR to join ‎with both unions in tri-partite talks aimed at negotiating a settlement to this dispute which puts safety...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, aslef, rmt, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Northern fare rise to kick in this weekend
RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the shocking fact that while Northern Rail continue to knock back moves to resolve the current guards' safety dispute, the German state-owned operation will be pressing ahead with plans to increase fares substantially from this...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, arriva rail north, arriva, northern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms a further 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North
Rail union RMT has confirmed that a  further 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North will go ahead on Tuesday 30th May as the company jams the brakes on all efforts to make progress in the long-running dispute over rail safety...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arriva, northern, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT reaction to Labour election manifesto
“Labour’s commitment to British state ownership of our rail,  power and water, ‎as opposed to the foreign state-backed exploitation of our essential services supported by the Tories, shows that Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is clearly fighting to protect our national interests....
Region: National
Tagged with: labour party, general election, jeremy corbyn, rmt, DOO, driver only operation
RMT confirms new strike date on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a new strike date on Merseyrail after the continued point-blank refusal by the company to make any progress whatsoever over the crucial issue at the heart of the on-going dispute - the future of the safety...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and drivers on Southern Rail will strike again in the on-going disputes over the safety impact of the extension of Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services. Guards and driver...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Northern Rail strike action "solid as a rock"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   "The RMT strike action this morning is solid as a rock from coast to coast and right the way across the Arriva Rail North franchise as our members continue the fight to put...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT warns that axing guards will lead to "surge in crime"
On the day before the latest 24 hour strike, transport union RMT has warned that plans by Northern Rail to end the guarantee of guards on half of all passenger services will increase rail crime and anti-social behaviour and will result...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Arriva Rail North Guards safety dispute goes ahead
Rail union RMT has confirmed that a 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North this Friday, 28th April, goes ahead after the company failed to offer any progress at all in further talks this week over the guards and drivers safety...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, arn, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Suspends Strike Action on Virgin East Coast
RMT’s executive has sent the following communication out to members relaying the decision: ALL INDUSTRIAL ACTION SUSPENDED FOLLOWING PROGRESS AT TALKS Dear Colleague, Delivery Plan – Intercity East Coast Last Friday I advised you that further proposals had been put...
Region: National
Tagged with: vtec, virgin trans east coast, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail guards talks collapse
The union had refrained from calling more strike action on Merseyrail to coincide with strikes in separate disputes at Arriva Rail North and Virgin East Coast, in order to give the talks a fair wind. But RMT’s offer to put...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
National RMT demo in London next week
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a national protest outside Parliament (Opposite Old Palace Yard) at noon next Wednesday, 26th April, to mark the one year anniversary of RMT industrial action against the extension of Driver Only Operation on Southern...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, southern, southern rail, northern, northern rail, merseyrail, guards, conductors
RMT confirms strike action on Virgin East Coast
Rail union RMT today confirmed 48 hours of strike action on Virgin Trains East Coast as the union executive registered it’s disgust at the ever-increasing contempt being displayed to our members on board trains, on stations and in travel centres by...
Region: National
Tagged with: virgin trains east coast, vtec, strike action, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms a new 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North
Rail union RMT has confirmed a further 24 hour strike on Arriva Rail North on Friday 28th April after the company failed to offer any progress at all in talks last week over the guards and drivers safety dispute. As well...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new talks with Southern Rail
Rail union RMT today confirmed that it will be holding further talks with Southern Rail on the 24th and 25th April in the year-long guards and DOO safety disputes. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “The union welcomes the opportunity...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Which side are you on?
LABOUR’S candidate in the Liverpool region’s mayoral race has today been urged to declare his support for the campaign to retain guards on Merseyrail’s new fleet of trains. Rail union RMT has called on Steve Rotheram to pledge that he...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, mayoral candidate, labour, steve rotherham, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to total chaos at Brighton Station last night
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Brighton station was reduced to total chaos last night after the City marathon due to a wholesale management failure and the news today that there's a continuing pay bonanza in the Southern boardroom will unleash...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, brighton station, charles horton, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT strike action in three separate disputes "rock solid"
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT can report that support for all three strikes today is rock solid with pickets out in force and morale high as our members on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail continue the fight for rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT demands inquiry over driver only trains
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding an inquiry and a halt to the introduction of Driver Only Services as rail regulator the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) admits there is a “significant knowledge gap” in whether rail companies are meeting...
Region: National
Tagged with: orr, office of road and rail, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors
RMT hits back over Merseyrail dispute claims
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said;   “This dispute is not and never has been about who opens and closes the doors. The dispute is about whether we have a second safety trained person on ALL of Merseyrail’s fleet or...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, strike, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT hits back at ORR politically motivated report on DOO/DCO
“This latest rehash of previous statements and principles, that have not been met, from the ORR on DOO/DCO was timed to coincide with what they thought would be an acceptance of the GTR Southern “deal” by drivers.  The current statement...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, orr, office of road and rail, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Northern Rail talks
 "It is total nonsense for Northern Rail to claim that RMT walked away from the talks and we expect them to issue an immediate correction.  "It does neither staff nor the public any favours when the company dashes to the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyside taxpayers to foot bill for Merseyrail strike loss
RAIL UNION RMT today exposes documents which reveal that Merseyside tax payers and passengers are to foot the bill for revenue loss as a result of strike action on Merseyrail over plans to remove Guards from trains. Dutch state owned...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, strike, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT reveals growing opposition to Northern Rail plans
 RAIL UNION RMT today released a survey which reveals growing political opposition to Northern Rail plans to end the guard guarantee. A passenger petition also condemns cuts which will “maximise profit” of German state railways at expense of Northern jobs....
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail ASLEF ballot
"This ballot was entirely a matter for ASLEF and its members. However, the result reflects the continuing and deep seated concern amongst drivers and the wider workforce over the extension of DOO and the safety impact on passenger services.   ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT warns of Merseyrail Grand National scabbing operation
Rail union RMT warned today that a scabbing operation set up by Merseyrail to run a skeleton service on Grand National day will put the public at risk – a fact openly admitted by Merseytravel Chairman Frank Rogers in his...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, grand national
RMT announces further strike action on Arriva Rail North
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed further strike action by  guards and driver members on Arriva Rail North as the company continues to fail to give clear guarantees on the future safety-critical role of their guards.   RMT has today confirmed further...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arn, northern rail, northern, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT moves strike date on Southern Rail to allow for talks
Members will now strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Saturday 8th April 2017. ‎ The announcement comes following an offer from the company for talks on the 4th April – the date originally slated for the next strike day....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed a new strike date on Merseyrail after the company wrecked talks yesterday over the crucial issue of the future of the safety critical role of the guard. Drivers and guards will take action as follows:...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT calls for urgent talks in Arriva Rail North dispute
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said: “Arriva Rail North have been telling the world through the media that they are up for a meeting with RMT over the current dispute and today we have tried to put the building blocks...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arn, northern, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT slams Merseyrail as they collapse crucial strike talks
The talks broke up after it became clear that the company were not serious about any meaningful negotiations and that they seemed more concerned about trying to rubbish the three key elements around staffing, funding and safety RMT had put...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail response to union call for talks
“RMT has made it clear that we are looking for meaningful and constructive talks in respect of both the guards’ and drivers’ disputes on Southern Rail. “On Friday we made a genuine and positive approach to the company to get...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT accepts Merseyrail invite to talks without preconditions
The talks follow RMT’s 100 per cent solid strike on Monday (March 13)   General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT has said from the start that the union is ready for talks with the company over the safe operation of the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and drivers on Southern Rail will strike again in the on-going disputes over the safety impact of the extension of Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services. Members will strike...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
Southern proposed agreement "the old deal in a new envelope"
"We have now had a chance to look at the detail and this is basically the old deal in a new envelope and RMT does not believe for a moment that drivers and guards will be hoodwinked "Drivers and passengers...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, aslef, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail guard ‘saved my son’s life’, mother tells BBC
In a dramatic call to BBC Radio Merseyside’s Roger Philips show on Wednesday (March 8), the mother, who gave her name as Mary, said that without the guard’s actions she believed her son would have died, and called for guards to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Merseyrail legal challenge
"This is an important victory for the union. However, it is frankly ludicrous that Merseyrail have been wasting important time and money on bogus legal challenges this week when they should have been sat round the table with the union...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT rips apart Southern Rail's bogus claims
RAIL UNION RMT today ripped apart bogus claims coming out of Southern Rail that the continuing guards’ industrial action in the fight for rail safety is having a diminishing impact. With the next 24 hour strike due for Monday 13th March,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
High Court Throws Out Merseyrail Bosses’ Challenge
  Our Ref: BR2/0146   9 March 2017 CORRECTION STRIKE ACTION GOES AHEAD MONDAY REST DAY WORKING BAN STILL ON   Dear Colleague,   ROLE OF THE GUARD AND INTRODUCTION OF DOO - MERSEYRAIL Further to my email earlier tonight the description of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, high court, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Northern Rail bending the safety rules with "scab timetable"
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the strike day "scab timetable" just released by Arriva Rail North for next Monday comes at the price of passenger safety with the union confirming that it will be monitoring and reporting breaches of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arn, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Industrial action begins today on Merseyrail
Industrial action by RMT members on  Merseyrail begins today following the continued failure by the company to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the safety critical role of the guard. RMT members will not work any rest days...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Lime Street collapse underlines crucial role of guards
As details of the seriousness of Tuesday’s wall collapse began to emerge, RMT paid tribute to the “magnificent” response of railway staff and emergency services – and warned of the potentially lethal consequences if the trains involved had not had...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members vote for action on Arriva Rail North
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that  guards and driver members on Arriva Rail North have voted for both strike action and action short of a strike after the company failed to give assurances on the future role of the guard...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT prepares to announce Northern Rail strike ballot result
As RMT prepares to announce the Northern Rail ballot result for strike action later today, the union can reveal outgoing Northern Rail boss Alex Hynes previously went on record to oppose driver only operation and said that it was “far...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT hits back at Arriva Rail boss
Rail union RMT today hit back after the union was tipped off that Chris Burchell, chairman of bosses club the Rail Delivery Group and Managing Director of UK Trains at Arriva, will launch a thinly veiled threat to axe more...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members vote for action on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike in a ballot for industrial action after Merseyrail’s continued failure to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT confirms new strikes on Southern Rail
The announcement comes after an offer of talks by RMT was snubbed by GTR despite the company being fully aware that the dispute was due to be discussed by RMT’s executive today. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “The abject...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT ballot for industrial action opens today on Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a ballot for industrial action is underway after Merseyrail’s continued  failure to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the safety critical role of the guard. Ballot papers to both Merseyrail drivers and...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT response to ASLEF referendum result
“This referendum was entirely a matter for ASLEF and their Southern members. RMT has remained focused on the industrial and public campaign to protect the safety of the travelling public and to put access and safe operations before profits. RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT strike ballot opens today on Northern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed that balloting is underway of guards and driver members on Arriva Rail North for both strike action and action short of a strike after the company failed to give assurances on the future role of the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strikes on Southern Rail
Members will strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Wednesday 22nd February 2017. The announcement comes after talks between RMT and Southern in the guards dispute were deliberately wrecked yesterday by the company as they made a mockery of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
Southern make a mockery of dispute talks
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT entered today's talks in good faith but it soon became clear that the only thing Southern were interested in was bulldozing through driver only operation further and faster with safety and access to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Equivalent of at least a 1000 services a year running DOO
RAIL UNION RMT has highlighted the fact – ahead of tomorrow’s talks between the union and Southern – that new figures show the equivalent of a thousand services per year continue to operate without a second member of staff, despite...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr
RMT declares dispute on Arriva Rail North
RAIL UNION RMT has informed Arriva Rail North that the union is now in formal dispute and will begin immediate preparations for a ballot for industrial action. This comes after the company failed to provide any assurances around the future...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT challenges Southern over guards dispute talks
The union has agreed to meet with Southern at Acas on Tuesday 14th of February although the company had originally proposed earlier dates and then stalled for time.   In a letter today to Charles Horton, managing director of Southern,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, charles horton, tuc, guards, conductors
RMT reaction to TUC/Southern Rail betrayal
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "This so-called agreement is a shocking and historical betrayal presided over by the TUC of not only the conductor grade and drivers , but also passengers, including disabled passengers, who have lost the guarantee of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, tuc,
RMT statement on Southern talks
"We can confirm that we have had a formal offer of talks from GTR. That offer will be considered by RMT's executive later today. The union will be making no further comment until the executive has met."   Ends 
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT moves into dispute with Merseyrail
RAIL UNION RMT has informed Merseyrail that the union is now in formal dispute and will begin immediate preparations for a ballot for industrial action after the company failed to provide cast iron assurances around the future of the safety...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT ON SOUTHERN RAIL DISPUTE
“RMT was not party to the talks brokered by the TUC with GTR. As a result of that we have no details whatsoever on any deal that has been agreed by the parties who were granted a seat at the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, tuc, aslef, guards, conductors
SOUTHERN DISPUTE. RMT STATEMENT
"RMT understands that central to the agreement with ASLEF is a guarantee of a second  person ‎on the train.   "We also understand that the implementation of that aspect of the agreement is subject to further discussions and negotiations with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr, aslef
Another train assault underlines key role of guards
News of the January 6 assault – with striking similarities to an incident on Merseyrail a month before – emerged as RMT entered crunch talks with Merseyrail bosses today to head off the threatened removal of all guards on the franchise’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: transpennine express, guard, conductors, doo, driver only operation, tpe, merseyrail
Southern strip key train crew of safety accreditation
RAIL UNION RMT has reacted with fury after Southern Rail confirmed today that they are planning to strip On Board Supervisors on their services of their guard’s safety licence and certification. In a letter to Chief Executive Charles Horton, RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, charles horton, orr, office of road and rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT welcomes Arriva Northern offer to agree train despatch
RAIL UNION RMT welcomed correspondence received from Arriva Northern which offers to work out an agreement with the union on the best method of train dispatch and staff safety competencies.    The union particularly welcomes the fact  that the company...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern rail, doo driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT writes to safety regulator
RAIL UNION RMT wrote to the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) today highlighting how two serious incidents that occurred this week demonstrate that the role that guards play on Britain’s railways is essential for the protection of the travelling...
Region: National
Tagged with: orr, office of rail and road, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operations
Plans revealed to strip Southern/GTR of contract
Respected industry insiders Rail Business Intelligence (RBI) have today published detailed claims that the end of the track is nigh for failing Southern Railways and  plans are now advanced for the Government to take direct control of this flawed contract....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern forced to admit that they are cancelling services
On first day of RMT drivers strike Southern forced to admit that they are cancelling services due to "driver shortage" despite promise to run full service from today. https://twitter.com/southernrailuk/status/823800911239774209 ‎ Southern Tweet 240117 Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “RMT is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern Guards action "solid and absolutely determined"
"RMT guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning. Their resilience is a credit to the entire trade union movement. "These are local people fighting for safe...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
6 x more Southern services are travelling without a OBS
Information provided to RMT by passengers and rail workers has revealed that at least six times as many rail services on Southern where Driver Only Trains have been introduced have been travelling without an On Board Service Supervisor (OBS) than...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern Rail drivers action begins at midnight
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has still not had a positive responsive from the TUC as to involvement in the talks process over the Southern Rail disputes. As a result action planned to start  00.01  Tuesday 24th January...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT Southern drivers and guards action remains on
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT demands again today that this union be given access to exactly the same talks process in our Southern Rail disputes as has been brokered for our sister union by the TUC.  ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railway, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action
RMT slams bid to spin tragedy as case for DOO
RAIL UNION RMT condemned highly misleading references to a Merseyside fatal rail-accident report as an effort to justify driver-only trains on Merseyrail. The union expressed disappointment that the report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) on the tragic 2011 James...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, raib, james street
RMT statement on Southern Guards dispute
“RMT has today written to the TUC requesting that this union be involved in the same process over the current Southern guards dispute that has been agreed with our sister union ASLEF over the drivers dispute. RMT is awaiting a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rail union, rmt
RMT calls for Southern Rail to be sacked
Rail union RMT today called on the Government to take urgent action to terminate the Southern Rail contract and hand it over to the public sector operator as a new Which? survey uncovered appalling levels of passenger satisfaction. The survey...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, which?, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT announces new strike date in Southern Guards dispute
Members will strike again for 24 hours on Monday 23rd January. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Charles Horton has repeatedly promised publicly to retain a second safety-critical member of staff on his trains but as soon as it comes to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Taxpayer to pay hundreds of millions for DOO
Employers to profit by over £1 billion documents reveal RAIL UNION RMT claimed today that it is scandalous that the government is inserting clauses in new franchise agreements that will allow employers to claim back revenue lost for industrial action...
Region: National
Tagged with: driver only operation, doo, rssb, industrial action, dft
Southern Rail leave disabled woman stranded
The Eastbourne Herald and the West Sussex County Times today reported on a disabled woman who was left stranded on Hampden Park train platform in the freezing cold for more than two hours because there was no one to help...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, disabled passengers
RMT sets Jan 26 deadline ‎for assurance on Merseyrail guards
The union has written to Merseyrail following the recent announcement that new rolling stock to be procured for the network would be configured for driver-only operation, and that guards would be removed from all Merseyrail services. As well as grave...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, guards, doo, driver only operation
RMT seeks Arriva Rail North Guard assurances
RAIL UNION RMT has informed Arriva Rail North that it will be in dispute with the company if it fails by January 26 to provide cast-iron assurances around the future of the safety critical role of the Guard. RMT General Secretary...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT hits back at Government-appointed ORR
General Secretary Mick Cash said. "The Office of Road and Rail are claiming to be an independent safety body when in fact they are a department of the government made up of Tory appointees and funded by the transport industry....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, orr, office of road and rail, govia, gtr, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT demands action over "safety failures" on Southern
The catastrophic failures of Southern Rail are further exposed today as RMT shines a light on the incompetence of both the regulator (Office of Road and Rail, ORR) and the train operator Govia Thameslink. The new revelations from RMT fly...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, orr, office of road and rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT slams Office of Road and Rail report into Southern Rail
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said: “The report into Driver Only Operation on Southern Rail issued by the ORR this morning is a complete whitewash that proves conclusively that the Office of Road and Rail is no longer fit for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: orr, office of road and rail, southern rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT takes up offer of talks with Chris Grayling
Following correspondence from the Transport Secretary received today, RMT has responded as follows: The Rt. Hon Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR 5th January 2017 EO/N Dear Chris, Thank you for your...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern strike action remains rock solid this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning.   "These are local people fighting for safe railways for their local...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern Rail owners Go Ahead ramp up dividends
 New research by transport union RMT has found that as passenger brace themselves for yet another fare increase in the New Year the four big transport groups that own many of Britain’s Train Companies are so profitable that they are...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rmt, transport union, transport workers union, virgin, go ahead, stagecoach, national express
Christmas Truce on Southern Rail in Government’s hands
The union highlighted recent agreements on new government rail contracts elsewhere in the country which have retained conductors and provided an agreed method of train dispatch on new modern trains.   The arrangements on the Government’s Great Western, East Coast,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to PM's plan to "hire more replacement buses"
General Secretary Mick Cash said; ‎"Instead of resorting to lash-up stunts for public relations purposes Theresa May should be instructing her Southern rail contractors to get back round the table and sort out the issues about passenger safety at the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, theresa may
RMT praises "incredible solidarity" of Southern Guards
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our guards on Southern Rail are taking up the fight for ra‎il safety again today and the union salutes their incredible solidarity and determination after months of attacks from the employer and the Government. "This...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT says Merseytravel "ramming DOO down our throats"
"RMT has made it clear that we will do whatever is necessary to defend the safety of our members and the travelling public. "If Scotrail can introduce new trains and retain guards, then so can Merseyrail "We will now be...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseyrail guard faces down sex-attacker
THE CALM and decisive action of a safety-trained Merseyrail guard in facing down a sex-attacker and protecting the woman passenger he had assaulted and tried to rob underlines the “sheer, reckless stupidity” of plans to scrap guards, the network’s biggest...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT hits back as Southern rip up recognition agreement
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The claim from Southern that they do not recognise RMT for the purposes of bargaining on behalf of drivers is just plain wrong. The agreement, “Bargaining Procedures 2006 – updated 2009”, is crystal clear. RMT is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
Rail union RMT barred from ACAS talks on Southern Rail
Mick Cash said: “Southern Rail were fully aware last night that I would be attending the talks this morning at ACAS alongside our ASLEF colleagues. “This morning, on arrival for the talks, I was told that I would not allowed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT and ASLEF drivers shoulder to shoulder
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT drivers on Southern Rail are standing shoulder to shoulder with their ASLEF colleagues this morning in a fight for safe train operation. This strike action is wholly the responsibility of a Government and a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef, rail union, rmt
RMT responds to Grayling move to ban strikes
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Instead of taking action to resolve the disputes on Southern Rail the Transport Secretary has chosen to jack up the rhetoric with his threat to ban strikes and to strip rail workers of their fundamental...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft
RMT at ACAS talks on Southern dispute tomorrow
Rail union RMT has confirmed that General Secretary Mick Cash will be attending talks at ACAS at ten am tomorrow morning on the Southern Rail dispute.   Ends
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
RMT calls for ORR investigation into Southern sabotage
RAIL UNION RMT will today write to the Office of Road and Rail demanding an urgent investigation after it emerged that Southern Rail cancelled up to 90% of its services from the south coast over the weekend due to "staff shortages"...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT releases text of letter to ORR over Southern sabotage
Dear Ian   SOUTHERN GTR DISPUTE   You will be aware of press reports over the weekend with allegations made by RMT and ASLEF over train crew sitting around in mess rooms, available for work while services were cancelled by...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, orr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Chris Grayling's attack on unions
“It is an absolute pack of lies for Chris Grayling to say that we were offered ACAS talks in the Southern disputes and refused to turn up. RMT has responded positively to every attempt to get the talks process back...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, acas, chris grayling, dft, doo, driver only operation
RMT hits back at Southern Rail lies over staff availability
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said, "Once again Southern Rail are lying through their teeth over the cause of today's disruption to services and once again they are trying to lay the blame on their frontline staff for their own...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT launches Safe Trains For All campaign on London Midland
The campaign has come about as a result of the recent Department of Transport announcement regarding the future of train service throughout the West Midlands and West Coast routes. The Union believes that government plans represent a clear danger in...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: safe trains for all, london midland, doo, driver only operation, dft, department for transport
Southern strike action remains rock solid
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning. "The union repeats it's demand for Chris Grayling and his rail minister to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, grayling, network rail, privatisation
RMT takes up offer from Bishops to broker talks
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said "RMT accepted the offer from Brighton and Hove Albion FC to broker talks and we are making the same positive response to the Bishops. " It is disgraceful that both the Government and Southern continue...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
GTR delays caused by Driver Only Operation equipment
RAIL UNION RMT says that a new emergency notice issued by GTR shows failing Driver Only equipment is causing confusion and delays to services as bosses seek to force through Driver Only Operation (DOO) at any cost.   A  new...
Region: National
Tagged with: Driver Only Operation, GTR
RMT alters guards Christmas Southern action dates
Regarding the strike action called for 22nd to 24th December, the union is rescinding the instruction to conductor members to take strike action on those days. Members are now instructed to work normally on those days.   Instead, we are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT fury at Grayling and GTR
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT made it clear that the union was prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The fact that...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, go ahead, chris grayling, dft, department for transport, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT accepts offer from Brighton and Hove Albion
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The union has been calling for just such a meeting...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT reveals cost of resolving Southern guards dispute
ON THE SECOND DAY of the latest phase of strike action on Southern Rail, RMT revealed that the cost of resolving the dispute would be a tiny fraction of the £20 million bail-out thrown at the company by Transport Secretary...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, go ahead, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT thanks public for continuing support
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT thanks the travelling public for their continued support and understanding on the second day of the latest phase of strike action in the Southern guards safety dispute. The response this morning has been fantastic....
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Picketing continuing this afternoon at Selhurst Depot
Press picture hand out. Pickets out in force this afternoon at Southern Rail's Selhurst Depot are joined by members of RMT's Executive in a show of solidarity from across the union. Credit: RMT Save
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Despite all of the dirty tricks from the company RMT can confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again this morning across the Southern Rail network as we fight to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail's tweet plea 'mistake'
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is shocking that hundreds of thousands of pounds of fare payers money has been wasted by Southern on attacking and bullying their own staff. "That money could have been invested in keeping guards...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, tweet
Southern Rail to blame staff for total chaos at Falmer
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said; "The dangerous chaos at Falmer after the game on Friday night was entirely down to the sheer managerial incompetence of Southern Rail. "They were running short formations and cancelling services on the hoof due...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on total chaos on GTR last night
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Not only does the total chaos on GTR last night reinforce RMT's campaign to retain the guards on Southern Rail it also forces the issue about bringing guards back onto the Thameslink services back up...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, govia, gtr, southern rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT slams latest Southern threats to withhold pay from staff
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that it was it was despicable that the company felt it necessary to try and hoodwink staff into signing an agreement that sole purpose is to stop lawful industrial action. A copy of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT demands halt to Southern Rail's axing of guards
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) demanding an immediate halt to the operational programme that fundamentally changes the role of the guards on Southern Rail after growing evidence that that new model is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to ballot Southern drivers
Rail union RMT confirmed this morning that it is balloting drivers on Southern Rail for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over the extension of Driver Only Operation on Southern routes. The ballot will...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, ballot
RMT's Mick Cash calls for direct meeting with Chris Grayling
During the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Evidence Session on rail franchising this afternoon, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash launched a public call for a direct meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in a bid to break the deadlock...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling
RMT agrees to suspend Southern strike action on 3rd November
General Secretary Mick Cash said ‎" This decision has been made after close consideration and following a personal request from the British Legion. The union recognises the very special importance of that particular day and as result has agreed to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RSSB admits DOO Trains disadvantage disabled passengers
The employer funded Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has admitted that disabled passengers who require assistance are disadvantaged by Driver Only (DOO) Trains and that extending DOO will further disadvantage passengers.   The report admits:   “Assistance for disabled...
Region: National
Tagged with: rssb, rail safety and standards board, doo, driver only operation, disabled passengers
RMT Southern Guards stand firm
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT Southern Guards are standing firm again this morning as they fight to defend safety and access on Britain's biggest rail franchise. "RMT thanks the travelling public for their support and understanding as our members...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO
TO ALL SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR MEMBERS   Our Ref: BR2/0146   17th October 2016     Dear Colleague   ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) STRIKE ACTION REMAINS ON   You may have seen today that Southern...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Further to my email sent to you earlier today I am aware our sister union, ASLEF, have had discussions today with Southern GTR’s on its proposals to extend Driver Only Operation. Following the meeting ASLEF have informed its members that...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to London Mayor statement on rail services
"What is clear today is that there is a growing political drive for Govia Thameslink Railways to be stripped of their franchise. The London Mayor should be insisting on full public ownership, as well as public accountability, and should not...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation
GTR deliberately preventing trains stopping at stations
RAIL UNION RMT has been alerted to the fact that GTR Southern is deliberately preventing trains from stopping at specific stations to force though Driver Only Operation. The union says that the revelations expose the fact that the company is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern talks break down
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said “RMT entered talks with Charles Horton from Southern Rail this morning in good faith and with every intention of trying to reach an agreement. “However, it became clear right from the outset that Mr...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Despite all of the threats and bullying from the company RMT can confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again this morning across the Southern Rail network as we fight...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for fresh direct talks with Southern Rail
Following comments by Southern Rail boss Charles Horton saying that he will “absolutely” guarantee a second safety-critical person on all trains that currently have a conductor RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written calling for immediate face to face talks...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, charles horton
RMT welcomes Southern rail acceptance of further talks
Mick Cash, RMT General secretary, said "RMT is pleased that GTR have responded positively to the union call for talks earlier today after Charles Horton told the BBC he was prepared to guarantee a second member of staff on every...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Merseytravel silence on Guards is deafening, says RMT
MERSEYTRAVEL’S complete failure for more than six months to answer key safety questions over plans to remove guards from Merseyrail trains “tells us everything we need to know”, the network’s biggest union says today. Three attempts to get urgent answers...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, merseytravel, doo, driver only operation, guards
Southern boss is key player on "independent" safety board
  A leaked briefing memo from the self-styled “independent” Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) shows that not only is Southern Rail boss Charles Horton a key player in the train-company funded organisation but that they also advocate the sacking...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rssb, charles horton
RMT responds to latest Southern attack
RMT can confirm the receipt of a formal legal challenge from Southern Rail in the guards safety dispute. It is appaling that rather than sitting down with us at ACAS today to seek a resolution the company have chosen to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Message of support from Paddington rail crash survivor
A survivor of the Paddington rail crash in October 1999 has pledged her full support for RMT’s campaign to defend the role of the guard on Southern Rail. In the week that marks the 17th anniversary of the disaster, in which...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, paddington rail crash
Southern reject RMT offer
Southern reject RMT offer of new package that could solve the guards dispute RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a fresh set of proposals that could have resolved the on-going guards dispute has been rejected out of hand by the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Scotrail RMT members vote to accept deal
Rail union RMT said today that members on Scotrail have voted by a massive ten to one to accept a deal thrashed out in a series of negotiations that guarantees the retention of safety-critica‎l guard on all current Scotrail services....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms Southern talks
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be attending talks with Southern Rail over the guards dispute and will be tabling a set of new proposals that deal with all of the issues and which take full account of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT forces Southern to withdraw media campaign
Rail union RMT has forced train company Southern to scrap it's “Strike Back” campaign ‎of incitement to violence against staff after a huge public backlash and after evidence begins to emerge of workers being abused and assaulted as a result...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, twitter
Southern refuse offer of unconditional ACAS talks
RAIL UNION RMT said this morning that Southern Rail have point blank refused approaches for unconditional talks at ACAS in a bid to get negotiations back on track as the next phase of strike action in the guards safety dispute...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, acas
Southern refuse RMT offer of genuine talks
This outrageous pre-condition means that the solution to the current dispute, based on the deal recently secured on Scotrail which protects passengers through the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on all current services, will not even be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT says jobs and safety on Southern not for sale for £2000
In response to the Southern “offer” circulated to the press this morning in advance of the next phase of strike action, Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said, “RMT is making it clear this morning that jobs, safety and access on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT responds to new COO and CEO appointments at GTR
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The appointment of Nick Brown as COO at Govia Thameslink Railways opens the door to the real possibility of a new approach and new talks over the threat to the role of the guards,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia thameslink, HS1, doo, driver only operation
RMT announces further strike dates in Southern dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a series of further industrial action by Southern rail Guards in the wake of the company’s continued insistence on removing critical safety trained Guards from trains.   As a result of this blatant disregard for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for urgent meeting with Transport Minister
TRAIN UNION RMT has written to the Transport Minister, Chris Grayling MP, calling for an urgent meeting in the wake of last week’s derailment of a London Midland train near Watford. The union wrote to the Minister after previous refusals...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, transport minister, chris grayling
RMT secures ScotRail victory
FOLLOWING A MEETING of rail union RMT'S executive today the union is recommending members accept a deal that protects Guards and their safety critical role on Scotrail in what RMT has described as “a major breakthrough in the battle against...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on GTR timetable consultation announcement
“This can only raise suspicions that the Southern spin machine is at full tilt to obscure the reality of cancelled trains services and their plans to get rid of guards in their bid to put profit before safety.” Ends
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT slams latest outrageous assault on Southern rail staff
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This is complete garbage from the transport secretary and an outrageous assault on the Southern Rail workforce.  He has personally chosen to give Southern/GTR a free pass to cancel and wreck services without penalty. "Instead...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, directly operated railways, doo, driver only operation, chris grayling
RMT update on Scotrail talks
"After long hard hours at the negotiating table, and a sustained period of determined and solid industrial action involving our members,  RMT's team will be reporting back to the unions executive tomorrow where the details will be considered in full....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation
Southern nomination for "Passengers Matter" beyond satire
It has emerged that Southern Railway has been shortlisted for a number of awards for its "hard work and community dedication", including the Passengers Matter accolade in the Association of Community Rail (ACORP) Awards.   RMT General Secretary Mick Cash...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, ticket office
RMT takes fight for guards onto the floor of TUC Congress
RAIL UNION RMT will today take a motion onto the floor of the annual TUC Congress in Brighton calling for full support for the guards on Southern Rail fighting for jobs and safety with a demand for public ownership of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT slams "pitiful, profiteering" Southern
"These are pitiful changes to the Southern timetable and the fact that passengers are ‎still paying through the nose for a vastly reduced service is solely due to the gross managerial incompetence and profiteering of this basket-case rail operator. "Yet...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Second day of Southern rail strike remains rock solid
"Our message that rail safety and access to transport services has to be put before the profits of Govia Thameslink is ringing out loud and clear. "The union thanks the travelling public for their understanding and support as we stand...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined".
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Reports from all locations this morning confirm  that the strike action is rock solid and determined again across the Southern Rail network as we fight to put rail safety and access before the profits...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, dpac
DPAC to join Southern Guards picket line tomorrow morning.
Campaigners from Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) will join the RMT picket line at Victoria Station at 8am tomorrow as they show their support and solidarity with the fight to retain safety-critical guards on Southern Rail services. The whole...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, dpac
RMT Demonstrates at Holyrood for Safer Scottish Trains
Activists will be assembling at 11am at Edinburgh Waverley Station before moving onto Holyrood for a protest outside First Ministers’ Question Time.   The key demands of the RMT’s Campaign for Safer Scottish Trains are:   •         Safe and secure...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: safer scottish trains, scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Commuter group plans Judicial Review of Southern franchise
RAIL UNION RMT said today that pressure is piling on the Government as the Association of British Commuters announced today that they are planning a Judicial Review of the handling of the Southern part of the GTR franchise. The news...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, association of british commuters, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT Demonstrates at Holyrood for Safer Scottish Trains
Activists will be assembling at 11am at Edinburgh Waverley Station before moving onto Holyrood for a protest outside First Ministers’ Question Time.   The key demands of the RMT’s Campaign for Safer Scottish Trains are:   •         Safe and secure...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, safer scottish trains, doo, driver only operation,
RMT responds to announcement of Southern bail out
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This stinks of another multi-million pound taxpayer subsidy to bail out the failing Southern rail part of the Govia Thameslink franchise. If there’s money to prop up this private outfit why isn’t there cash available...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT responds to Southern offer of talks
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is committed to serious and genuine talks and has been right from the moment that the proposals on the guards on Southern were first unveiled. That position has not changed and we remain...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT announces new Southern strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new programme of industrial action involving Southern rail guards after the company walked away from talks and opted instead to bulldoze through the roll out of the new operational arrangements from last Sunday without...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT issues full set of proposals rejected by GTR
RAIL UNION RMT has released the full set of proposals that were tabled in ACAS talks aimed at reaching a settlement in the Southern guards dispute. The unions proposals, rejected out of hand by the company, would have met the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
Southern dispute talks breakdown
Talks at ACAS over the future of Conductor/Guards on Southern services have broken down this morning after the company rejected out of hand a solid union proposal that would have ensured the second person on a train and the safety,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT offers to suspend Southern strike
Rail union RMT confirmed this morning that it is taking a new offer into the ACAS talks with Southern today – the union will suspend next week’s action if the company meet Scotrail’s offer this week that gives guarantees on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT slams “punch up” DfT official
RAIL UNION RMT today reacted with fury after the union was told by industry sources that top government official Peter Wilkinson, the man who bragged at a Tory party meeting that he wanted a “punch up” with rail unions and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, peter wilkinson
LETTER TO MR CHARLES HORTON OFFERING TO SUSPEND ACTION
Charles Horton Managing Director Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd Monument Place 24 Monument Street London EC3R 8AJ Our Ref: BR2/0146 5th August 2016 Dear Charles, Role of the Guard and Extension of DOO – Southern (GTR) I am writing in response to your...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT SUSPENDS SCOTRAIL INDUSTRIAL ACTION
The full decision of the union executive is: “That we note that a Meeting has taken place with our elected Representatives and Lead Officer in Scotland to discuss the recent proposals from Scotrail over DOO/DCO, further we note that it...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, abellio, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to threatened legal action in ScotRail dispute
"This latest move shows that ScotRail are keener on interfering in workplace democracy under the cover of the anti-union laws than they are in dealing with the issues of rail safety at the heart of the current dispute. " Ends
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT receives offer from ScotRail in guards safety dispute
In a circular to members issued today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash sets out the details of the company offer; “ScotRail has confirmed that we are considering a way forward whereby Conductors will be retained on EMUs in the Network...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operations, guards, conductors
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash on Scotrail picket line
RMT Press picture hand out. ‎ RMT General Secretary Mick Cash on picket line at Glasgow Queen Street this morning Mick Cash said; "Our members on Scotrail stand solid and determined again this morning in the fight for safety on...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT presses GTR for urgent talks in Southern guards dispute
RMT presses Govia Thameslink for urgent talks in Southern guards safety dispute Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said "RMT officials have already cleared the diaries and are available for serious and genuine ACAS talks which is exactly what we have...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ScotRail: No to DOO events
RAIL UNION RMT today announced a series of forthcoming public meetings and other activities in support of the campaign against Driver Only Operation on Scotrail.   The activities are: Thurs 4 August at 19:00 – Public Meeting Glasgow, Jury’s Inn – Jamaica...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
New Southern strike dates announced
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new programme of industrial action involving Southern rail guards after a point blank refusal by both the company and the Government to engage with the union as the clock ticks down towards the 21st...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT announces new ScotRail strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed new dates in the campaign of industrial action over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail.   The additional days of strike action are as follows;   Sunday 7th August...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, abellio, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Shocking new BBC audio reveals GTR staff abuse
Shocking new audio released this morning by the BBC reveals that Govia Thameslink staff are being spat at, punched and threatened with stabbing due to a constant barrage of company lies about the reasons for the constant chaos across the...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to ballot station staff across GTR
Rail union RMT confirmed today that it to begin balloting station staff across Govia Thameslink Railways for industrial action over the threat to jobs, pay and safety from the impact of ticket office closures and the reorganisation of the workforce....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, station staff, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, ticket offices
Merseyside event in fight against DOO
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a major event in Liverpool this Thursday as the union mobilises members in defence of guards under attack in the Merseyside area:   After months of campaigning against Merseytravel plans to abolish the guard...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Scotrail RMT Dundee picket line
Press picture hand out. Immediate. Scotrail RMT Dundee picket line - strike rock solid again today. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members are solid, united and determined again today as they continue the fight for passenger and staff safety...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, abellio
RMT calls for GTR to be exempted from franchise
New Parliamentary answers and the government’s appearance at the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee on Wednesday evening have revealed that the Government will be able take the Southern Franchise off GTR if the new rail minister rejects a new application from...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, gtr, govia, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Our Ref: BR2/0146 21st July 2016 Dear Colleague, ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) I write further to my letter dated 7th July 2016, to update you further on the current situation. I would firstly like to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT dismisses half-hearted, belated apology
RAIL UNION RMT has dismissed as "too little, too late" an apology that was dragged out of senior DfT official Peter Wilkinson at the Transport Select Committee yesterday following remarks he made at a Tory beano back in February where...
Region: National
Tagged with: peter wilkinson, dft, transport select committee, doo, driver only operation, southern, scotrail
Rail union RMT confirms two major events on Merseyside
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed two key dates as the union mobilise members in defence of guards under attack in the Merseyside area:     Justice for Martin Zee – July 25   Merseyrail Guard Martin Zee has been charged by...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, martin zee
RMT says passengers and staff "being held hostage" by GTR
Rail union RMT said today that passengers and staff are being "held hostage" by Govia Thameslink as services collapsed into dangerous chaos last night with Brighton Station closed due to lethal overcrowding. Services this morning have been plagued by delays,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Govia performance at rock-bottom
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded urgent action from the new Transport Secretary and his team as the latest performance figures revealed that, despite being allowed to cancel nearly 350 trains a day under the so-called “emergency timetable” the service on GTR...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL
Our Ref: BR2/0146 18th July 2016 Dear Colleague, DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL Further to my previous correspondence, I want to congratulate and commend you and your colleagues on the magnificent and solid industrial action that has already been taken. The strength of...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: abellio, scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new dates of industrial action on ScotRail
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed new dates in the campaign of industrial action over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail.   The additional days of strike action are as follows; Sunday 24th July –...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Driver Only Trains will increase the dangers for disabled
Rail UNION RMT warned today that Driver Only Operation, which will remove the guarantee of a safety-critical guard on trains, will further increase the “dangers and disadvantages” faced by disabled and vulnerable passengers at unstaffed stations as new parliamentary answers...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, abellio
RSSB report backs RMT warnings on platform danger
The annual report on rail safety, issued today by the RSSB, confirms RMT’s warnings about the growing threat to life and limb at the Platform/Train interface – exposing the nonsense of Government and train company plans to axe guards and...
Region: National
Tagged with: rssb, rmt, doo, driver only operation, pti, platform train interface
RMT responds to Scottish Transport Minister
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The minister and his colleagues in the Scottish Government need to remember that this dispute has been created by Abellio/Scotrail via Transport Scotland on behalf of his own administration who have the power to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Transport Secretary McLoughlin's attack
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said “It is disgraceful that the Transport Secretary has opted to attack the front-line, safety-critical staff rather than sacking Govia Thameslink whose gross mismanagement of this basket-case franchise has pushed it into total meltdown. “The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT seeks urgent clarification from rail minister
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to rail minister Claire Perry seeking urgent clarification in writing on her “offer” over the jobs and role of guards on Southern Rail services and called for a face to face meeting. Despite press comments...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern forced to press-gang managers into being guards
Rail union RMT revealed today that every manager on Southern Rail with the correct safety certification has been press-ganged into working as an ad-hoc guard to try and make the emergency timetable work – proving the union’s core claim that...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern "crisis timetable"
"The new timetable also means that the vast reduction in services, approved by the Government, will leave remaining trains dangerously overcrowded and it will be our members at the sharp end ‎left to manage the safety of the passengers while...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT makes new approach to seek to resolve GTR dispute
TRAIN UNION RMT is offering a new approach in a bid to resolve the GTR dispute. It is a dispute about the proposed removal of conductors from trains and the implications that removing these safety critically trained staff would have....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN GTR
Our Ref BR2/0146 7th July 2016 TO ALL GTR SOUTHERN CONDUCTORS ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN GTR I write to give members an update on the latest developments in our long running dispute with GTR which...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Public Meeting: The truth about Abellio Scotrail
Rail union RMT is to hold a public meeting setting out the facts about Abellio Scotrail’s gambling with safety, by extending Driver Only Operation (DOO) to extract as much profit as possible from the operation. Abellio is a Dutch owned...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: abellio, scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL
To All Abellio Scotrail Conductor and Conductor Instructor Members   Our Ref: BR2/0146   6th July 2016     Dear colleague   DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL   NO AGREEMENT REACHED ON LOCAL CONSULTATION ON HSTs, DMUs AND EMUs   Discussions on the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to confirmation of GTR emergency timetable
“The managers at GTR pay themselves fat salaries and bonuses, in reward for failure on an epic scale, while the staff on the trains and platforms are left to take the blame for the bosses incompetence. “This so called emergency...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr
Britain's worst rail franchise given green light to cancel
On the eve of the Transport Select Committee taking evidence from rail union RMT on the gross mismanagement of the collapsing GTR franchise the union reveals today that the Government have given Govia Thameslink permission to introduce an emergency timetable...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Scotrail action remains "rock solid and determined"
“Despite the continuing and rock-solid action today it is extraordinary that Abellio/Scotrail choose to ignore the strength of feeling amongst their staff over the extension of DOO. That disgraceful and cavalier approach to jobs and safety on Scotland’s railways is...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL
Our Ref BR2/0146 1st July 2016 TO ALL SCOTRAIL CONDUCTOR AND CONDUCTOR INSTRUCTOR MEMBERS Dear Colleague DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL RMT CALLS FURTHER INDUSTRIAL ACTION First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you for the magnificent stand...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation
Scotrail Dispute
“Dear Colleagues   Once again your RMT Company Council staff side members and negotiating committee attended meetings at ACAS in Glasgow with a view to finding an amicable resolution to our current dispute.   Unfortunately, I regret to advise you...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation,
RMT confirms fresh campaign of industrial action on Scotrail
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a fresh campaign of industrial action over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail.   The revised programme of strike action is now as follows;   * 00.01 hours to 23.59 hours Sunday...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, abellio, guards, conductors
TOC funded report exposes DOO dangers
A report funded by the Train Operating Companies own safety body has warned that introducing Driver Only Operation, and sacking guards on train services, will increase risks to  passengers,  RMT can reveal today. ‎Incredibly, despite that admission, the report dismisses...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, RSSB, railway safety standards board
RMT warns that ORR is not an independent voice on DOO
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the plan to bring the Office of Road and Rail into the Scotrail guards dispute is fraught with conflict as the ORR is funded by the train and rail companies directly through the Government...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: orr, office of road and rail, doo, driver only operation, scotrail, abellio, guards, conductors
RMT to lobby Scottish Parliament on Thursday
RAIL UNION RMT, currently locked into a programme of industrial on Scotrail over the safety-critical role of the guard, will be taking their fight direct to the Scottish Parliament this Thursday - 30th June. Union members and their supporters will outside...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, abellio
RMT responds to ScotRail letter this afternoon
  "After months of playing games this latest stunt from Scotrail now attempts to split the staff involved in this dispute into separate groups. That is classic "divide and rule" and makes a mockery of any serious attempt to get...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ScotRail strike - Day two
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This morning I pay tribute to RMT members on Abellio/Scotrail who are fighting for the safety of our railways in the teeth of a campaign of bullying and dirty tricks by this Dutch owned outfit...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, abellio, guards, conductors
ScotRail parent company "raking it in"
On the second in a series of six 24 hour strike on Scotrail, and on the that day RMT members  protest  at the Dutch embassy  calling on the Dutch Government to intervene over Abellio/Scotrail’s failure address the issues at the heart...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, abellio
RMT calls for Parliamentary inquiry over GTR
New information supplied to the RMT has revealed that Civil Servants at the Department for Transport are authorising train cancellations on GTR. The shocking news comes on the day that guards strike over jobs and safety on Southern and confirms...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT exposes ScotRail's true DOO intentions
A cache of documents sent out in error by Scotrail as attachments to an email by MD Phil Verster have blown the whistle on a secret strategy by the company to smash the unions and smuggle in Driver Only Operation...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
Mick Cash on the Southern Rail picket line
  Press picture hand out. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our members on Southern are rock solid in support of the action this morning in the fight to stop the basket-case GTR franchise from ripping apart the safety culture on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr, govia
RMT action "solid as a rock" across Scotland
  Pickets at Edinburgh Waverley this morning in RMT Scotrail Guards dispute.  PRESS PICTURE HANDOUT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The strike on Scotrail is solid as a rock this morning with our members united and determined in the fight...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern rail bosses embroiled in a new bonus scandal
RAIL UNION RMT today reveals new parliamentary questions which show that Government fines on Govia Thamelink Railway for poor performance are less than the £3.4 million the company paid in bonuses and salary to just two of GTR’s directors  ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern performance sinks to rock bottom in latest stats
Below RMT reproduces the latest performance stats on GTR services from Friday which shows that they have sunk to an all time low. The union received reports of dangerous overcrowding on services on Friday, particularly on the London to Brighton...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT SCOTRAIL PROTEST THIS MORNING
RMT officials and members outside Abellio/Scotrail offices this morning with empty chairs and a table symbolising the company refusal to negotiate in the guards dispute. Credit: RMT RMT Other News storify feed Save
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on ORR and RSSB wading in to support Southern Rail
General Secretary Mick Cash said: " The RSSB is funded by the train companies so of course they are going to wade in to support one of their financial backers in this dispute over the safety-critical  role of the guards. They...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductor
Scotrail sabotage strike talks planned for today
Talks had been planned for today through ACAS but the company have notified the union that they will not be attending - sabotaging and collapsing the normal process in disputes and confirming that they have no intention of resolving the dispute....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, industrial action
Scotrail turn down talks offer from RMT in guards dispute
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Scotrail have turned down an offer to commence talks today, and over the weekend if required, in the dispute over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail with strike...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern lies exposed
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a picture tweeted by a passenger – Cliff Heys-Limonard – of the 1303 service from Brighton to Chichester on Wednesday that was cancelled by the company due to “ staff sickness.” The picture shows the driver...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to comments from Southern boss
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Passengers and staff alike are sick and tired of the Southern top bosses and the Government trying to blame everyone other than themselves for the chaos that they have unleashed on Britain's biggest rail franchise.‎...
Region: South East and Anglia
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DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL
Our Ref: BR2/0146 17 June 2016 Dear colleague DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL I am writing to give you an update on the current dispute your union is currently in with Scotrail and the planned strike action which is due to commence on Tuesday...
Region: Scotland
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New RMT Hotline exposes GTR delays
In less than a week since rail union RMT set up a dedicated helpline for people to let us know about GTR ‘train cancellations’ we have definitive evidence of 33 trains cancelled where staff were available and ready to work but...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, thameslink, doo, driver only operation, conductors, guards
RMT launches new dossier exposing safety risks of DOO
ROLE OF THE GUARD – A dossier on the dangers of driver-only operation” – which exposes in detail the threat to safety on rail services from axing guards from our trains. The report – which highlights a catalogue of incidents...
Region: National
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DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL
Our Ref BR2/0146 14th June 2016 TO ALL SCOTRAIL CONDUCTORS AND CONDUCTOR INSTRUCTORS Dear Colleagues Strike action and overtime bans called! DOO/DCO ABELLIO SCOTRAIL Firstly I want to congratulate you all on the magnificent ballot result that came in last week....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation
RMT confirms campaign of industrial action on Scotrail
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a campaign of strike action and industrial action short of a strike over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail.   The action will commence as follows;     Strikes...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation
RMT exposes GTR "Five Big Lies"
In a desperate attempt to further obscure the truth GTR are today holding an ‘information session’ between 12.30pm and 3pm in Dining Room B, a private bolt hole for corporate lobbying in the House of Commons, to brief MPs about...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT confirms overwhelming “yes” vote in ballot on Scotrail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that members have voted overwhelmingly for both strike action and industrial action short of a strike over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation on Scotrail.   The vote was over 75% for...
Region: Scotland
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Govia now declare war on Gatwick Express staff
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the failing Govia Thameslink Railway’s franchise has now shifted its attacks and abuse on staff from those working on the Southern Rail part of the operations to Gatwick Express in what the union has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gatwick express, govia, gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors, charles horton
Southern caught red-handed lying about staff sickness impact
  In a letter to Southern MD Charles Horton – attached – the union pulls out two recent examples of how the company is attempting to shift the scandal of short-staffing and managerial incompetence onto the front-line workforce – leaving...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT sets out "dossier of dirty tricks" deployed by Scotrail
As the RMT strike ballot on Scotrail, over the extension of Driver Only Operation and the threat to the safety-critical guards, enters its final week the union has set out a “dossier of dirty tricks” currently being deployed by the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT warns Southern
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that a persistent campaign of abuse and denigration of its front-line workforce by Southern/GTR is leaving staff open to attacks and assaults by members of the public who may have bought into the company lies....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, charles horton, conductors, driver only operation
Abellio organise scab-army
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed Scotrail for "declaring all out war on their workforce" after emails emerged confirming that the Dutch-owners, Abellio, are recruiting a scab-army behind the scenes - proving that they have no intention of reaching a negotiated settlement...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: abellio, scotrail, doo, driver only operation, guards
RMT demands action from Government
‎RMT demands action from Government as even Tory MP's are now queuing up to demand that GTR be stripped of their franchise RAIL UNION RMT today stepped up the pressure for Government action on basket-case rail franchise GTR as even...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, conductors, driver only operation, doo
RMT demands to see records of Southern bosses
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded to see the personal sickness, pay and perks records of the top bosses currently running the basket-case, rip-off Southern Rail franchise into the ground. The union demand has come after the company took the step...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Most of you are aware that Southern management has reached a new low in industrial relations. They will be sending members not allocated Conductors positions a letter giving them 12 weeks’ notice of termination of their post. Members will then be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, conductors, driver only operation
RMT hits back at Southern’s "campaign of misinformation"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “There has been a disgraceful campaign of misinformation by GTR over the staffing crisis on Southern Trains that has led to more services being cancelled today.‎ The blame for those cancellations lies solely with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT slams continuing Scotrail management dirty tricks
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed continued management dirty tricks as a ballot of guards across Scotrail for industrial action over the extension of Driver Only Operation and Driver Controlled operation gets underway.   The ballot opens today - Tuesday 24th May...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, driver only operation, doo
RMT slams "disgraceful" Southern/GTR press report
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed Southern/GTR for "disgraceful and provocative" behaviour as it emerged in a report in the Times this morning that the company have deliberately engineered disputes with their staff in an attempt to smash the unions so...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, conductors, driver only operation
MORE LIES AND DIRTY TRICKS FROM SCOTRAIL
Our Ref BR2/0146 23rd May 2016 TO ALL CONDUCTORS AND CONDUCTOR INSTRUCTORS AT ABELLIO SCOTRAIL Dear Colleagues, Regrettably once again I am having to write to you because of the campaign of misinformation and outright lies being spread by Abellio Scotrail....
Region: Scotland
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ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 12th May 2016 Dear Colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) Further to my previous correspondence with regards to the above dispute, the matter has again been subject to recent consideration by your...
Region: South East and Anglia
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ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHANGE STRIKE DATES The National Executive Committee has changed the dates of the next strike from Friday 20th May to Wednesday 18th May. As I advised...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT announces new Southern guards strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has switched the next strike date for action involving guards on GTR Southern as the company steps up its attacks on staff supporting the union campaign over the threat to the role of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT demands answers from Scotrail
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded answers from Scotrail on rail safety, and a rolling back of the introduction of Driver Only Operation, after an appalling incident at East Dumbarton on a Saturday night when a man fell between the platform...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, doo, driver only operation
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 29 April 2016 Dear colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) You will by now have seen a form which management are asking you to sign to give an undertaking that you will not...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern management walk out of talks
Southern Rail management have today walked out of talks around the guards safety-dispute across the franchise and have ratcheted up the temperature by issuing a threatening letter to staff asking them to sign an undertaking that they will take no...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT challenges Southern claims
A spokesperson for RMT said:   “These figures on operational services during the Southern dispute are complete fiction and just make the company look even more ridiculous as it continues to wage war with its staff and customers over the...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT Southern guards strike "rock solid"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involved hundreds of guards on Southern Rail, which kicked off at 11am, is rock solid across the franchise with pickets out in force at all key locations.   The union is distributing...
Region: South East and Anglia
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ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
You will by now have received a very threatening letter from Charles Horton, the Chief Executive Officer and I can honestly say that I have never seen such a disgraceful communication. I’m afraid it just proves how little the company...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, govia, driver only operation
A letter from Southern Conductors
  To All Our Customers We feel it is important to explain to you, our customers, why we are in dispute with GTR and why we have been forced into taking strike action this week. GTR have decided that  from...
Region: South East and Anglia
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