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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 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 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 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
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 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