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Cross Country Franchise extension
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The Government, who are financially supporting the train operators, should have seized the opportunity to cut out the middleman and bring the Cross Country operation into direct public ownership. "RMT will be studying the details...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cross Country, Arriva, Rail Franchise
RMT responds to Government’s extension of Emergency Measures
Responding to an announcement that the Government is extending Emergency Measures Agreements on UK rail franchises with new ERMA’s contracts transport union RMT today called on the Government to cut out the middleman and bring all UK rail franchises into...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Emergency Measures Agreements, ERMA, Rail Franchises, Rail
RMT on Northern being taken into public ownership
Mick Cash, General Secretary of Britain's largest rail union RMT, said; “Northern has become a signal for everything that is wrong on Britain's broken, privatised railways and the fact that the Government have now been forced to take this action...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, franchise, public ownership
RMT demands public ownership of railway
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded full public ownership of Britain's failing private railways as the twice yearly rail passengers satisfaction survey today laid bare the state of the franchise chaos. The survey found that the lowest ratings for overall satisfaction...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail franchise, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT on news Abellio Scotrail Franchise won't be extended
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will not extend the Abellio Scotrail Franchise Contract past 2022, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that it will not extend the Abellio Scotrail franchise past 2022 is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Abellio, Franchise
RMT on new ownership of West Coast franchise
The only long term solution to the great rail rip off is public ownership and it is frankly disgusting that the public route wasn't even considered by the Tories when Virgin were banned from the railway. "As ever on the...
Region: National
Tagged with: avanti west coast, virgin, west coast mainline, wcml, franchise,
RMT calls for SWR to be stripped of franchise
Rail union RMT called this morning for SWR to be stripped of ‎Britain's biggest franchise out of Waterloo after the introduction of new fleet was delayed yet again due to software problems over the driver-controlled door operation. General Secretary Mick...
Region: National
Tagged with: SWR, Franchise
RMT to protest outside Scottish Parliament
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament next week in a call for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought immediately and permanently back into public ownership....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, franchise, snp
RMT protests tomorrow for termination of ScotRail contract
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating tomorrow and calling for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought permanently back into public ownership. RMT members and supporters will congregate on Friday...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, franchise, snp
RMT on failing Scotrail franchise
As the Scottish Government confirms today that it has an operator of last resort in place to take over the failing Scotrail franchise RMT tells them to "stop wasting time and get on with it." General secretary Mick Cash said;...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, franchise, snp
RMT announces a further four days of strike action on SWR
Rail union RMT has confirmed that a further four days of strike action will take place on South Western Railway as the company continues to drag its heels and delays talks over guaranteeing a guard on the train. RMT has...
Region: National
Tagged with: South West Trains, Franchise, Strike
RMT warns of private rail franchise free for all chaos
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as it emerged that the private rail contractors club – the Rail Delivery Group - is calling for a new era of wholesale deregulation on the tracks that would effectively...
Region: National
Tagged with: Franchise Chaos
RMT warns of total chaos over rail franchises
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as it emerged that the private rail contractors club – the Rail Delivery Group - is calling for a new era of wholesale deregulation on the tracks that would effectively...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail delivery group, rail franchise, rail privatisation, tory government, chris grayling
RMT renews nationalisation call as ORR fine GTR
Responding to the ORR fine of GTR and Ministers telling MPs that the Government is reviewing the company’s future RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This fine is yet another meaningless slap on the risk for a company that has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, orr, franchise, rail privatisation
RMT warnings over planned Government rail review
Rail union RMT has warned that reports this morning that the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary‎ are to commission an "independent" review into rail franchising is just a blatant and desperate effort to kick the continuing chaos on Britain's...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, chris grayling, tory government, privatisation, franchise,
RMT slams Government for withholding key franchise data
RAIL UNION RMT today accused the Government of operating a great rail cover up as it emerged that key financial data on Britain’s rail franchises, data that was available in the past, is now being deliberately withheld by the DFT....
Region: National
Tagged with: rail franchise, rail franchising, privatisation, dft, department for transport, tory government
Strike action to go ahead next week on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed further strike action will go ahead exactly as planned next week in the dispute over rail safety and the axing of guards on South Western Railway. The confirmation comes as the union has struck the...
Region: National
Tagged with: South West Trains, Franchise, Strike
RMT demands full disclosure of all GTR contract documents
With yet another new timetable due to be brought in in six days time rail union RMT has demanded that the full contract documentation - including the current interim arrangements - relating to the failed GTR operation be released for public ‎scrutiny...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, contract documentation, franchise, rail privatisation, guards, conductors
RMT demands that Northern and GTR be stripped of franchises
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "From the feedback on the ground and the stream of comments on social media it is clear that the so-called emergency timetables on both Northern and GTR have just piled failure onto failure. Once again...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern, GTR, Timetable, Franchise
RMT repeats call for GTR and Northern to lose franchises
RMT repeats call for GTR and Northern to be stripped of franchises as timetable chaos continues into second week With official performance figures this morning showing that around a third of services on GTR and Northern have either been delayed...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern Rail, GTR, Franchises
East Coast RMT members reveal the failings of privatisation
RAIL UNION RMT has re-issued a report today which highlights the failings of the privatised East Coast mainline in the words of the staff who work for the service as rumours abound that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is about to...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Coast, Franchise, Privatisation, Virgin, Stagecoach
RMT on Virgin franchise speculation
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “Rumours are rife this afternoon that Chris Grayling is setting up a major “market sensitive” announcement on the West Coast Mainline for six pm and that that announcement may mean a further cash-laden extension...
Region: National
Tagged with: virgin west coast, chris grayling, rail franchise, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT on Arriva pulling out of Wales & Borders rail franchise
"This news presents a golden opportunity for the Welsh to take back control of their railways through public ownership and that opportunity should be seized with both hands."   Ends
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: arriva trains wales, atw, arriva, wales and borders franchise
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
RMT responds to Grayling/Southern GTR whitewash
"This latest whitewash of the Southern Rail shambles by the Government is hardly a surprise when they've been up to their necks in this fiasco right from day one.  This pathetic response to the abject failure by Southern/GTR to deliver...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Franchise
RMT welcomes report praising staff on Wales & Borders
RAIL UNION RMT has today welcomed a report by the passenger watchdog Transport Focus praising the role of conductors and station staff on the Wales and Borders Franchise and has called for a meeting with the Wales Transport Minister to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: wales and borders franchise, transport focus, conductors, guards, doo
Operator confirms rip-off for Northern Rail passengers
RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the news that, just over a year into the franchise, German state-owned Northern Rail has announced that they will be increasing fares substantially from 21 May. The increase follows a pervious hike less than nine months...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern Rail, Franchise
New privatisation fiasco on South West Trains
Rail union RMT today slammed the latest rail privatisation fiasco which will see new South West Trains franchise holder, First MTR, dumping £200 million worth of new trains already on order in favour of a cheaper alternative. The 150 carriages are...
Region: National
Tagged with: South West Trains, Franchise
RMT reveals that 75% of UK rail now foreign owned
  Following the shock announcement on the SW Trains routes this morning, rail union RMT has revealed that, as well as being a license to print money for the private sector, rail privatisation is proving a lucrative market for foreign...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail franchises
RMT on South West Trains franchise announcement
"Once again the Government have refused to consider the public sector option for a major rail franchise and instead it's a foreign state operator, in this case the Chinese state, which is set to make a killing at the British...
Region: National
Tagged with: South West Trains, Franchise
Shortage of drivers as train companies milk franchises
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The chronic shortage of drivers exposed today is no surprise to RMT as this is just further evidence of the greedy private train companies looking to hack back the head count by any means possible...
Region: National
Tagged with: Franchises, Driver shortage
Leeds protest this Friday against Northern and TPE Tender
RMT will hold protests outside a meeting of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in Wellington Street, Leeds at 10am on Friday March 27 against Northern and Transpennine Express  tender documents which includes the introduction of Driver Only Operation and other dangerous...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern & Transpennine, Franchise, Protest
RMT slams franchise process as "legalised racketeering"
General Secretary Mick Cash said "This is another spin of the wheel in the great rail franchise lottery with the same bunch of spivs, speculators and failures queuing up for another chance to rob the travelling public blind. "The only...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: east anglia, rail franchise
RMT Slams Re-Privatisation of the East Coast Mainline
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said:   "It is a national disgrace and an act of utter betrayal that the government has confirmed that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Coast, Franchise, Privatisation, Virgin, Stagecoach
RMT responds to East Coast Franchise rumours
“It is a national disgrace that the government is about to confirm that it is bulldozing ahead with the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line despite all the figures showing that the current public sector operator is handing over...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Coast Franchise