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RMT warns of sustained national industrial action
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch today warned of sustained industrial action across regional and national transport network as news of a half billion pay out to shareholders of rail and bus giant FirstGroup emerges. FirstGroup is the parent company of...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, SWR, South Western Railway, Covid-19, Industrial Action
RMT calls for full inquiry into Government’s backroom sweetheart deals
Britain’s largest rail Union RMT today slammed the Government for conducting backroom deals with Train Operating Companies and allowing them to break their franchise contracts with minimal termination fees following the collapse of the contracts. At the same time the...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, TransPennine Express, DfT, Department for Transport, Tory Government,
RMT exposes First Group’s hypocrisy
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned major rail and bus operator First Group’s announcement that it plans to pay a shareholder dividend of £365m this year, following the sale of two US bus divisions, at the same time as it continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, Hull Trains, Shareholder Dividend,
RMT condemns Government’s West Coast Main Line plans
RAIL UNION RMT responded to the DfT’s announcement that it intends to award a decade long contract to First Trenitalia to run the West Coast Main Line, by calling for an end to its obsession with privatisation, and for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: West Coast Mainline, Avanti, First, Trenitalia, DfT, Department for Transport
Bus union RMT exposes on-going Covid-19 protection scandal
After making strenuous representation to First South West Buses to fit suitable Perspex screens to their fleet of buses in order to provide a physical barrier between the driver and their passengers. The company’s first action was simply to ignore...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, bus, first south west buses
RMT appalled at bus and rail giant FirstGroup plans
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today expressed its disgust and dismay at revelations that rail and bus owner FirstGroup is taking steps to maximise pay outs to shareholders and will also profit from the Coronavirus pandemic. It was announced today that FirstGroup...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, covid-19, gwr
RMT slams West Coast political fix
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The announcement this morning that First Trenitalia are being shunted on to the West Coast Mainline to replace Virgin/Stagecoach in the midst of the rail staff pension row is just anothe‎r political fix by a...
Region: National
Tagged with: West Coast, Virgin, First Trenitalia
RMT warns rail franchise chaos set to deepen
Rail union RMT warned today that the franchise chaos on Britain's railways is set to deepen with key player First Group under increasing pressure from ‘activist investors’ Coast Capital to exit its UK rail operations. The warning comes the day...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, southeastern, go ahead, stagecoach, rail review, williams review,
RMT statement on First Group’s restructuring announcement
“First Group’s announcement that they will be ‘rationalising’ their portfolio and separating First Bus from the rest of their operation raises major concerns for our Bus members. “RMT will be doing everything in its power to defend the jobs of...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, bus
RMT comments on First Group losses
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This looks like First Group are preparing for another buyout move by US private equity group Apollo Management. The crisis at First Group just underlines the chaotic nature of the transport industry in Britain...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, takeover
RMT on hostile takeover bid for First Group
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This looks like yet another bunch of speculators and asset strippers homing in on the British transport sector. "First have been propped up by the Government on the Great Western routes for many years...
Region: National
Tagged with: First group, south western railway, great western, apollo managment
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 exposes Grayling first class fiasco
Rail union RMT today exposed yet another Chris Grayling fiasco as his pledge to phase out First Class travel on London commuter routes just four months ago turned to dust as it emerged that new rolling stock on South Western...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, first group, chris grayling, first class
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
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
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
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 on Waterloo this morning
"RMT's engineering members have worked flat out against the clock in an effort to hit punishing schedules to deliver the wholesale re-modelling of Waterloo on time. It was always going to be a massive challenge and the men and women...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: waterloo, swt, south west trains, south western railway, first mtr, guards, conductors
RMT on £5 billion Welsh rail privatisation plan
Rail union RMT confirmed today that it has written to Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones demanding that he call an immediate halt to plans that would unleash a ‎£5 billion privatisation of Welsh railways. In a letter to Mr Jones,...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: transport for wales, tfw, south wales metro, south wales valley, wales and border franchise, network rail, carwyn jones, first minister
No assurances over Guards on South West Trains
RAIL UNION RMT today expressed anger and frustration at the response received from First MTR, the company due to take over the South West Trains franchise in late August, where they have refused to honour a written commitment dating back...
Region: National
Tagged with: South West Trains, First MTR, Guards
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 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 slams Govt list of approved bidders for East Midlands
RAIL UNION RMT has today slammed the Government list of approved bidders for the East Midlands rail franchise as "same old bunch of failures, chancers and overseas rip-off merchants with the UK public ownership option ignored once again". The approved,...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: east midlands trains, arriva, trenitalia, first group, stagecoach
RMT welcomes Supreme Court ruling over wheelchair bus space
The case was triggered after Doug Paulley was told he could not board a bus to Leeds in 2012, when a mother with a pushchair refused to move at the driver’s request from a space which had been designated – if...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus, disabled access, first group, supreme court
RMT on First Group running trains on East Coast
General Secretary Mick Cash said: "This fit up by the Government gives First Group a chance to cherry-pick open access services on the East Coast in the name of profit while the public sector option is ignored yet again. "The...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, east coast
Northern / TPE franchise award
General Secretary Mick Cash said "This widely-trailed announcement is no surprise but will still come as a bitter blow to rail users and rail staff across the North. "Rather than all the garbage about the Northern Powerhouse this mornings announcement...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, transpennine express, first group
INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP)
Our Ref: HC/14/2 11th November 2015 TO ALL FIRST GREAT WESTERN MEMBERS Dear Colleague INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP) Further to my letter dated the 28th September 2015 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you that the RMT was...
Region: National
Tagged with: iep, intercity express programme, first great western
Great Western Trains slower journey times than 40 years ago
New £4.5bn Intercity Express Trains for Great Western Railway will deliver slower journey times than those provided by publicly owned British Rail (BR) nearly forty years ago the UK’s biggest rail union RMT reveals today.   The recently launched Great...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: great western railway, first,
First Great Western compensation improvement calls
17th September 2015 IMMEDIATE   RMT calls for First Great Western compensation millions to be used to improve new Intercity Express Trains     RAIL UNION RMT today called for the £ 18,813,455 million windfall handed to First Great Western (FGW) by...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep, network rail, compensation
Plymouth FGW dispute picket and supporters
Pickets and supporters out in force today in Plymouth as FGW action continues. Credit: RMT Ends
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
FGW Dispute. Bristol today with Brunel supporting the RMT s
FGW Dispute. Bristol today with Brunel supporting the RMT strike action. Ends Credit: RMT
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
RMT pickets at Reading Station over FGW strike
Pickets at Reading station as 72 hours of rock solid action on FGW continues. Credit: RMT Ends
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
Press picture hand out
Action rock solid in all areas.   Credit: RMT   Ends
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
Intercity Express Programme (IEP)
To: ALL FGW RMT MEMBERS Our Ref: HC/14/2 27 August 2015 Dear colleague Intercity Express Programme (IEP) I would like to reiterate my message to you yesterday and congratulate you on such a magnificent display of solidarity with your colleagues and rock...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: fgw, first great western, iep
Strike action to go ahead on First Great Western
RAIL UNION RMT said today that strike action in the dispute with First Great Western will go ahead as planned this weekend as the company continues to fail to offer clear-cut assurances on the core issues impacting on staff and...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: fgw, first great western, iep
INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP)
Our Ref: HC/14/2 26th August 2015 Dear Colleague INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP) INDUSTRIAL ACTION REMAINS IN PLACE First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our members on the successful strike action taken last weekend over the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
Pickets out this morning as FGW strike solid in all areas
Mick Cash RMT general secretary said;   "The action today is being solidly supported across First Great Western and the union salutes the unity and determination of our members in this long-running dispute.   Although we have held many hours...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw
INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP)
Our Ref: HC/14/2 20 August 2015 To: First Great Western RMT Members Dear colleague INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP) Further to previous correspondence, you will know doubt be aware that talks with the company have taken place over the last two days. While...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, iep
RMT names new strike dates on First Great Western
The action is as follows: All Grades (Excluding Fleet Maintenance Members) All members excluding Fleet Maintenance grades will be instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:- •    00.01 hours and 23.59 hours on Sunday 23rd August 2015 •  ...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep, strike, industrial action
INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP)
Our Ref: HC/14/2 3rd August 2015 Dear Colleague INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME (IEP) RMT calls additional strike action and industrial action short of strike Following the 48 hours strike action solidly supported by our members over the threat to jobs, services and safety...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep, strike, industrial action
RMT remains in dispute with First Great Western
First Great Western released a statement to the media yesterday claiming that “We have moved significantly in every area, giving the RMT clear assurances on job security and safety”.  The reality is, however, that media claims from the company are...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep,
RMT on confirmation that TSSA are balloting for FGW action
"With this latest development, and following on from RMT's rock solid 48 hours of action last week, now is the time for FGW to get back round the table and offer the very basic set of assurances we have been calling...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: fgw, first great western, iep, hitachi, tssa
Second full day of First Great Western strike "rock solid"
Second full day of First Great Western strike "rock solid" with pickets out in force Pickets are out in force again this morning as a strike over jobs, services and safety on First Great Western ‎enters it's second full day....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, catering, inter city express, iep, hitachi
RMT rebuts FGW claims
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "These figures are pure fiction. The company have been forced into wholesale shutdowns , with a manager-run skeleton service in some areas , due to the strike action as passengers will confirm. It does no one any...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: FGW, first great western, strike action
Plymouth Station Picket Line
© RMT FGW - July 15 - dispute leaflet
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: FGW, first great western, strike action
Solid action by RMT on First Great Western
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members across First Great Western are solidly supporting the 48 hours of strike action over the threat to jobs, services and safety. Pickets are out in force and the mood is united and determined as...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, catering, inter city express, iep, hitachi
RMT Photo
© Guy Smallman
Region: National
Tagged with: london underground, lul, fgw, first great western
First Great Western action remains on
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, who met with the company earlier today, said: “At the present time, the company still feel that the configuration of the new Super Express Trains is out of their control and that it would be...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, strike action, iep
Intercity Express Programme - Talks Breakdown – Strike Is On
Our Ref: HC/14/2 8th July 2015 Dear Colleagues INTERCITY EXPRESS PROGRAMME - TALKS BREAKDOWN – STRIKE IS ON   This morning I attended talks with First Great Western in an effort to resolve the current dispute. Unfortunately, at the present time, the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, strike action, iep
MP’S express dismay at actions of First Great Western
In a motion tabled in parliament today Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens and other MPs have expressed “dismay” at the actions of First Great Western and called on company to “think again” about staffing cuts. The motion expresses concern that...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep, strike action
Talks collapse and action goes ahead on First Great Western
There will also be a rally in support of RMT’s members on FGW in their dispute at 17.00 hours Wednesday 8th July at Paddington station. RMT said that First Great Western were simply playing for time in the talks and were...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, strike
Talks Collapse – Strike Action & O/T Ban Still On!
Our Ref HC/14/2 6th July 2015 TO ALL FIRST GREAT WESTERN MEMBERS Dear Colleagues, Talks Collapse – Strike Action & O/T Ban Still On! Intercity Express Programme Crisis talks were held this morning with First Great Western in our dispute over...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: fgw, first great western, strike
Intercity Express Programme
Our Ref: HC/14/2 1st July 2015 Dear Colleagues Intercity Express Programme First of all let me congratulate all of you on the recent ballot, you produced an excellent result and you should be commended for standing together in solidarity. Over 80% voted...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
Ballot records overwhelming vote for action on FGW
RAIL UNION RMT’s  ballot for both strike action and action short of a strike of all First Great Western members over the threat to jobs and safety from the introduction of the new Hitachi Inter-City trains has recorded overwhelming votes...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep
RMT confirms strike action on First Great Western
Following the massive vote for action earlier today rail union RMT has confirmed that members across First Great Western will take 48 hours of strike action by not booking on for any shifts between 18.30 hours on 8th July 2015 and 18.29 hours on...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: fgw, first great western industrial action
Top boss threatening to axe guards sees his own pay rocket
In recent years, Tim O’Toole’s pay has alternated between little change, then huge increases (5.6%, 55.375%, -2.85%, 93.75%). This has taken the pay received by Tim O’Toole from First Group plc from £643,000 (in the year to 31 March 2010), to £679,000 (in the year to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, tim o'toole
RMT launches "People's March for Glenn"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is mobilising a “People’s March for Glenn” to coincide with the Cleethorpes Air Show on Sunday 28th June and is preparing to widen the industrial mandate across Trans Pennine Express as the union...
Region: North East
Tagged with: tpe, transpennine express, glenn watson, first
Ballot for action underway on First Great Western
At the end of May the union confirmed that it had entered into dispute with First Great Western over the introduction of Super Express Trains on their franchise. We made it clear that RMT were seeking the following assurances from...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first group, first great western, iep, doo, hitachi, fgw
RMT confirms timetable for ballot for action on FGW
At the end of May the union confirmed that it had entered into dispute with First Great Western over the introduction of Super Express Trains on their franchise. We made it clear that RMT were seeking the following assurances from...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: fgw, first great western, super express trains, doo
RMT slams bidders for new Greater Anglia franchise
Rail union RMT today slammed the bidders that have been shortlisted for the next Greater Anglia franchise as “the same tired old parade of failures, chancers and rip-off merchants who have been at it for the past 20 years exploiting Britain’s...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: greater anglia, abellio, firstgroup, national express
RMT demands action from First Great Western
The Virgin East Coast assurances meet the union calls on all of the following key points:   •    No compulsory redundancies. •    No changes to job roles. •    No introduction of Driver Only Operation. •    No change to the Guards...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, virgin, east coast, iep, buffet,
FIRST GREAT WESTERN OVERTIME BAN SUSPENDED
Our Ref: BR2/4/1 9th April 2015 Dear Colleagues DISMISSAL, P. CASPALL, TRAIN MANAGER, PENZANCE – FIRST GREAT WESTERN Further to my letter to you dated 19th March 2015 in which I instructed you to take industrial action short of a strike in...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw,
RMT declares dispute and prepares to ballot on FGW
The letter, which confirms everything that RMT has been warning of since the union first saw the plans for the new trains, makes it clear that FGW are seeking to impose the following conditions for the operation of Super Express...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, catering, inter city express, iep, hitachi
Second phase of strike action on First Great Western
In the dispute, which involved a member of train crew fitted up and victimised by the company, a ballot has already been held and delivered an overwhelming mandate for action and a first phase of rock-solid strike action had an...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: FGW, first great western, strike action
Strike in victimisation dispute on First Great Western
In the dispute, which involved a member of train crew fitted up and victimised by the company, a ballot has already been held and delivered an overwhelming mandate for action.   As a result, the union’s Executive Committee has had...
Region: National
Tagged with: Strike, First Great Western, Victimisation
DISMISSAL, P. CASPALL, TRAIN MANAGER, PENZANCE – FGW
Our Ref: BR2/4/1 19 th March 2015   Dear Colleague   DISMISSAL, P. CASPALL, TRAIN MANAGER, PENZANCE – FIRST GREAT WESTERN RMT CALLS STRIKE ACTION AND ACTION SHORT OF A STRIKE   Further to my letter dated the 12 th March 2015 where I...
Region: National
Tagged with: Strike Action. First Great Western
RMT day of action tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT will fold a further day of action tomorrow,  Saturday 14 th  February, as the union set out a list of key points that it is seeking urgent assurances over from First Group on their Great Western route over...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first, great western, inter-city
RMT sets out demands for clear assurances from First Group
The latest circular issued by the First Great Western Managing Director, in direct response to the RMT campaign in relation to the Inter-City Express Programme (IEP), makes the following claims in response to the union’s campaign: “The new trains design...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, iep, inter-city express, doo, dft
Hitachi tweet confirms axing of buffet cars on new IEP train
The tweet has been sent as Hitachi load up the first of the trains prior to shipping from Japan, the units will be shipped over and will then be bolted back together flat-pack style on arrival in Britain, nailing the...
Region: National
Tagged with: intercity, iep, first great western, fgw, east coast
RMT steps up New Year First Great Western campaign
RMT has been battling against proposals for driver only operation and the removal of buffet cars and their replacement by a trolley service only catering facility, the sacking and reducing of the safety critical operational role of train guards /conductors...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, fgw
RMT steps up New Year campaign on First Great Western
RAIL UNION RMT will be stepping up the campaign to fight plans that would lead to the axing of buffet cars, on-board staff and maintenance workers on First Great Western with a series of events on the 5th of January...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Great Western, Campaign
RMT Inter-City Protests
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash with protesters at Kings Cross this morning fighting the threat to jobs, services and safety from the new Inter-City trains on the East Coast and Great Western routes. RMT campaigners in Cardiff protesting plans for...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, east coast, inter-city
Major RMT events in Cardiff and London tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT will be stepping up the campaign to fight plans that would lead to the axing of buffet cars, on-board staff and maintenance workers on First Great Western and East Coast Inter-City services. The union, backed by MP’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: inter-city, first great western, east coast
RMT campaign against introduction of new Inter-City trains
As part of the on-going RMT campaign to defend jobs, services and safety on the new East Coast and First Great Western franchises there will be two important public demonstrations on the morning of next Monday, the 15th December, at...
Region: National
Tagged with: east coast, first great western, fgw, inter-city, edm 584, early day motion 584
RMT kicks off new phase of fight
As part of the RMT campaign to defend jobs, services and safety on the new East Coast and First Great Western franchises there will be two important public demonstrations on the morning of the 15th December at Cardiff Central Station,...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, inter-city, east coast,
RMT exposes secret plan to axe buffet cars
RMT negotiators have uncovered this shock move buried in the detail of the plans for new fleet of Inter-City rolling stock for both FGW and the East Coast Mainline. Under the proposals for the new trains there will be no...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, east coast, inter-city, catering, buffet, first group
RMT blasts First Great Western franchise stitch-up
The First Great Western franchise is an object lesson in the abject and costly failure of privatisation which has allowed incumbent franchise holders to bully themselves into a monopoly provider position and then hold the British people to ransom. Back...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western,
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2014 – FGW
Our Ref: BR2/0001/FGW 16th September 2014 Dear colleague, Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2014 – First Great Western Referring to my previous correspondence dated 8th September 2014, I advised you that the union’s Executive Committee was waiting to receive feedback from...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2014 – FGW
Our Ref: BR2/0001/FGW 8th September 2014 Dear Colleague, Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2014 – First Great Western Further to my letter dated 19th August, members will be aware that the final offer received in writing from the Company was...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great wetsren, fgw,
RMT slams First Great Western hypocrisy
Today (Weds 3 September) FGW has provided a Travelling Chef and an additional 1st class carriage on their regular 13.15 intercity service from London Paddington to Cardiff.  Although this train does not normally have a Travelling Chef provided, it appears that FGW...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, travelling chef
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2014 – First Great West
Our Ref: BR2/0001/FGW 19th August 2014 Dear Colleague, Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2014 – First Great Western Following our pay submission to the Company, I write to update members on the progress of negotiations and the current position. During...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, dft
RMT slams First Great Western over “total pack of lies”
In fact, in their own press release on the subject, buried away in the small print, FGW’s real intentions are laid bare: “Longer term, we are also considering the re-introduction of a retail trolley in Standard class coaches, and an-seat...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, travelling chef,
Campaign on First Great Western to defend Travelling Chef
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a campaign to defend Travelling Chef services on First Great Western after the company announced it was to scrap the service, and the jobs it supports, in a move that the union says is just...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Great Western, Travelling Chef
RMT warns of dispute on First Great Western and East Coast
Under the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) signed off by the Government, the new fleet, built in Japan and reassembled in the North East by Hitachi, has the capacity to run on Driver Only Operation – removing the guards – would...
Region: National
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, east coast, hitachi, driver only operation, doo
Recognition and Reward Commonwealth Games 2014
Circular No IR/160/14 To All Branches, Regional Offices & Regional Councils Our Ref: BR1/22/2 12th June 2014 Dear Colleagues RECOGNITION AND REWARD COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2014 Further to my previous circular on the above matter dated 11th April 2014 (IR/109/14), in which I advised...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: First Scotrail, Commonwealth Games
RMT secures Commonwealth Games reward on First Scotrail
RMT acting general secretary Mick Cash said: “After long and detailed discussions between RMT negotiators and First Scotrail we are pleased to be able to confirm that we have secured an agreement which will properly reward all staff involved in...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: first scotrail, commonwealth games
RMT ballot First Capital Connect engineers for strike action
RMT to ballot First Capital Connect engineers for strike action over threat to jobs from Siemen’s fleet deal and new Thameslink franchise   RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it is preparing to ballot engineers on First Capital Connect over...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Capital Connect, Engineers, Ballot, Strike
RMT BEGINS BALLOTING FOR INDUSTRIAL ACTION ON FGW
The issues are: •    A Draconian dismissals and disciplinary procedure •    Agency & contract working •    Zero hour contracts RMT is extremely concerned over the company’s harsh dismissals and disciplinary procedures which have led to the unjust dismissal of two...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, industrial action
RMT slams scandal of northern rail rolling stock
It has emerged that nine trains currently used by Trans Pennine Express will be moved to Chiltern Railways. The trains, currently used between Manchester and Hull, will move from April 2015 in a lease agreement despite the fact that the stock...
Region: National
Tagged with: first trans pennine express, chiltern railways, rolling stock
FGW Mitie cleaners strike solid in fight for Living Wage
Mitie is a wealthy company that can easily afford to lift its staff out of poverty pay and the appalling working conditions that they are being told to put up with.  The most recent company accounts show that Mitie Group...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: first great western, fgw, mitie, london living wage, paddington
First Great Western Mitie cleaners strike again
Members are instructed not to book on for any shifts between:-   •    06:00 hours on Sunday 19th January and 05:59 hours on Wednesday 22nd January 2014.   RMT Mitie FGW members took another round of rock solid strike action over the weekend...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Mitie, first great western, cleaners, paddington, old oak common