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RMT seeks urgent meeting over Avanti crisis
Avanti West Coast have drastically reduced their timetable including temporarily suspending ticket sales and only running four trains an hour from London Euston, one to each of Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. The company has also made unsubstantiated allegations of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast, Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, rail union, RMT
RMT reject Scotrail offer
Responding to the decision, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Our members have spoken and ScotRail will have to come up with an improved package. “We will now seek an urgent meeting with the company. “If no improved offer is...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Pay, RMT, Rail Union,
Hitachi rail workers to strike
Hitachi rail workers will strike for 3 days from tomorrow in a row over pay and conditions. RMT members are seeking an agreement in line with Hitachi members in Doncaster and Hitachi North Pole maintenance which secures a deal on breaks,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Hitachi, LNER, ScotRail, Transpennine Express, RMT
RMT conducts massive rail staff survey
Rail workers have painted a chilling picture of the future awaiting passengers if the brutal cuts being proposed by the industry and the Tory government are implemented. RMT conducted a survey asking rail workers what they thought would be the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Staff Survey, How the rail industry’s cuts will affect passengers, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, Ticket Offices, RMT
Huge vote for strike action on Arriva Rail London
79.4% voted yes for strike action on a turnout of over 80%. The National Executive Committee will now meet to discuss strike dates and how to take the campaign forward. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "I congratulate our Arriva members for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Arriva Rail London, London Overground, Pay, Rail Union, RMT
RMT on ferry passenger numbers and port freight volumes
Despite this, key worker seafarers and port staff contributed to a recovery from the depths of the 2020 pandemic depression. Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “These figures show the importance of seafarers, port workers and ferry services in national recovery...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Maritime, Ferry, Port Freight, Maritime Union, RMT
RMT response to Network Rail's latest statement
“Network Rail has issued a statement to staff today that there is an unconditional pay offer available. This is a deception on the staff and is entirely untrue. The offer they have made is entirely conditional on mass redundancies and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Dispute, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, RMT, RMT response RMT
New Tube Strike announced
The latest call for action has been prompted by TfL's refusal to share the details of a draft government proposal they received regarding funding of the transport system in the capital, in secret and without any discussion with their recognised...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, Strike, Jobs, Pensions, Tube Union, RMT
Statement on anonymous briefings by the Rail industry
The last offer we had from Network Rail was rejected by our National Executive Committee on 13 July. There has been no new offer since from Network Rail. Claims about the “sentiment” expressed by Eddie Dempsey and relayed by anonymous industry...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, rail strike, Rail Union, RMT
RMT will fiercely resist further attacks on trades unions announced by Truss
She will introduce minimum service levels on critical national infrastructure, introducing primary legislation in the first 30 days of Government, if she beats Rishi Sunak in the Tory leadership election. Other proposals include: Ensuring strike action has significant support from union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Liz Truss, Strike, Industrial Action, Tory Government, Transport Union, RMT
Mick Lynch message
Mick Lynch message to members 260722
Region: National
Tagged with: Britain's specialist transport union, rail union, trade union, UK
RMT launches bid to save Britain's railway ticket offices
Almost 1,000 ticket offices are set to close with the loss of thousands of jobs and creating accessibility problems for different types of travellers. These include the elderly, people with disabilities and foreign visitors who may not have English as their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, Staff Our Stations, Petition, Save Ticket Offices, RMT, We Own It
Tory Government P&O Ferries shame
The Second Reading of the Government’s Seafarers Wages Bill, the core element of the Department for Transport’s 9-point plan in response to P&O’s actions, will take place in the House of Lords later today. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Tory Government, Boycott P&O, D P World, Department for Transport, DfT, Seafarers Union, RMT,
Churchill cleaners continue their fight for a £15 per hour
Cleaners on GTR, Network Rail, HS1 and South East Trains are back on the picket lines today on the final day of a three day strike over pay. RMT members who are employed by the outsourcing company Churchill are campaigning...
Region: National
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Fight For Fifteen, Justice For Cleaners, Rail Union, RMT
RMT secures 7% pay rise on Merseyrail
The train operator which is owned jointly by Serco and Abellio agreed the deal on a no strings attached basis. Alongside Merseyrail, RMT has won pay deals on London Underground  of 8.4pc, MTR Crossrail 8.2pc and 9.25pc on the Docklands...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Pay Rise, Serco, Abellio, Rail Union, RMT,
National rail strikes set for 18 and 20 August
The strikes on August 18 and 20, will bring out over 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operating companies. RMT is also taking 24 hours strike action on 27 July. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The rail industry and the government need to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT
RMT calls 24 hours strike action in national rail dispute
Railway workers will once again take strike action over job security, pay and working conditions on Wednesday July 27. The 24-hour stoppage comes after Network Rail made an offer of 4pc in the first year followed by a possible 4pc in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, RMT,
Update on National Rail dispute
It amounts to a real terms pay cut over the next two years and will involve cutting a third of all frontline maintenance roles and 50pc of all scheduled maintenance work. There will also be an expectation of unsocial hours...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT,
RMT responds to MPs passing agency worker bill to break strikes
"The use of agency labour to break strikes is not only unethical and morally reprehensible; it is totally impracticable. Agency workers will not have the skill, training, or relevant competences to drive a train to do complex maintenance work on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, Agency Workers, Tory Government,
RMT welcomes Aslef mandate for strike action
"It goes to show that railway workers across every grade from cleaners, catering staff guards, maintenance staff and drivers are fed up with real terms pay cuts, attacks on job security and working conditions. "When railway unions and others unite,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Aslef, Rail Union, Rail Dispute, National Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT comment on PM resignation
“We are now facing the prospect of months of chaos at the heart of government which could seriously undermine the prospect of a settlement in the national rail dispute. "RMT is calling for today’s announcement to signal a change of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, Mick Lynch
GTR workers to join the national rail dispute
GTR members were originally balloted as part of the national rail dispute along with 13 other train operating companies in May.   However due to the anti-trade union laws, despite voting yes, there was insufficient numbers to allow them to legally...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink Railway, GTR, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Strike, Rail Strike, Rail Dispute
Piper Alpha disaster anniversary
This disaster triggered the Cullen Inquiry, which reported at the end of 1990. Prior to the launch of the Cullen Report, the Offshore Installations (Safety Representatives & Safety Committees) Regulations 1989 (SI971) were introduced. In September 1997, Step Change in Safety was launched...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Piper Alpha, Offshore
Mick Lynch pledges fight of a lifetime
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said the national rail dispute was “the fight of our lifetime” at the union’s annual general meeting in Birmingham. Mr Lynch who has become a media sensation since a string of successful broadcast interviews, said...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT AGM, AGM 2022, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Support Rail Workers, Rail Dispute,
RMT refute strike day claims by rail industry and government
“The people who turned up for work were managers and contractors who were not balloted, in a vain attempt to break the strike. “Despite attempts to undermine our action, the rail network barely ran any services and many of those...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Support our Rail Workers, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike,
Tories attack Welsh devolution law preventing agency workers from breaking strikes
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch “The latest attack on trade union rights is not just an attack on all trade unionists but an anti-democratic move to undermine Welsh devolution. “Using agency workers to break strike action is immoral and impractical...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Support Rail Workers, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike, Agency Workers, Strike Breakers
Tory contracts boosted rail fat cats’ profits
Train operating companies are only back in profit thanks to transport secretary Grant Shapps’s pandemic bailouts and new rail contracts, according to a new RMT report published today. Bailing out the TOC's   The report Bailing out the TOCs, based...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT on Grant Shapps claims
Responding to claims made about working practices on the railway by Grant Shapps, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Grant Shapps is talking nonsense and is completely ignorant of how the railways work which is a major shortcoming for a...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike
RMT on Opinium Poll
Independent polling released by the RMT today found strong support for rail workers to receive a fairer deal and for the government to intervene to address the rail workers concerns. A clear majority of the public also support the rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike
London Underground workers renew strike mandate
RMT members have delivered a decisive ballot result in their campaign to protect pensions, working agreements and prevent job losses on the London Underground. 91.1% voted yes in the ballot on a 53.1% turnout, meaning tube workers have the right to continue...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, Strike, Defend Jobs, Pensions and Conditions,
Second strike day sees huge turnout on pickets
Over 40,000 members are on strike over a multiyear pay freeze and a lack of job security, with Network Rail and the train operating companies threatening thousands of compulsory redundancies. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Our members are leading the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike
RMT strike action to go ahead on Thursday
Commenting on today's talks, Mick Lynch RMT general secretary said: "Grant Shapps has wrecked these negotiations by not allowing Network Rail to withdraw their letter threatening redundancy for 2,900 of our members. "Until the government unshackle Network Rail and the train...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Strike
RMT General Secretary on rail dispute
“Today’s turnout at picket lines has been fantastic and exceeded expectations in our struggle for job security, defending conditions and a decent pay rise. “Our members will continue the campaign and have shown outstanding unity in pursuit of a settlement...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike,
National Rail & London Underground Strikes
Discussions with Network Rail and the Train Operators have continued today. The Train Operators have now made an offer and there is no further offer from Network Rail following the one which was rejected last Friday. The RMT National Executive...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike
RMT Statement
In the past few weeks, discussions have been taking place at senior level with Network Rail, Train Operators and London Underground. Despite the best efforts of our negotiators no viable settlements to the disputes have been created. It has to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Strike, Train Operating Companies
RMT calls for face to face meeting with Shapps
The railways will be shut down for 3 days on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, when workers from Network Rail and 13 train operating companies take to picket lines across the country in a row over pay and job losses. In a letter...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail Strikes, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Rishi Sunak, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT response Grant Shapps' comments on the national rail dispute
“Grant Shapps needs to stop smearing the RMT and unshackle the rail operating companies so they can come to a negotiated settlement that can end this dispute. "Railway workers voted overwhelmingly for strike action in defence of their jobs and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps
RMT statement on Scotrail pay offer
"This matter has not been considered by our National Executive Committee and will be put before them next week so they can make a decision."
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Pay
RMT launch 3 days of national train strike action
Over 50,000 railway workers will walkout as part of 3 days of national strike action later this month, in the biggest dispute on the network since 1989. The union will shut down the country's railway network on 21st, 23rd and 25th June, due...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, TOC's, Strike, Pay, Jobs, Pensions, Conditions, Rail, Trains
Churchill cleaners began 5 days of strike action
Staff in cleaning roles on GTR, Network Rail, HS1 and South East Trains will be on picket lines throughout the weekend.   The union is demanding Churchill pay company sick pay and free travel for cleaning staff across the network,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Justice For Cleaners
Cairnryan P&O blockade set for Monday over job losses
The ferry company sacked 800 workers in March and has since crewed shifts without proper safety protocols and paid poor wages to super exploited foreign workers.   Protesters will start their action from 1.45pm on Monday 6 June.    RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Cairnryan, Seafarers, Sackings
48 hour TransPennine Express strike action goes ahead
The company continues to refuse TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays.   However, this week it emerged, that TPE bosses have offered drivers an increase of 15% for working on their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transpennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike,
RMT responds to government terminating contract with P&O
The government has cancelled a contract with P&O Ferries after it sacked nearly 800 staff without  notice in March.   Reacting to the news, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "This decision to terminate the Border Force’s contract with P&O is...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
Update on national rail dispute
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "Since the ballot results on 24th May, discussions have been taking place at industry-wide level under the auspices of the Rail Industry Recovery Group (RIRG) to create a framework and structure for negotiations on...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Network Rail
RMT slams DP World
MARITIME union RMT has called for P&O Ferries’ owner to been taken to task for describing the sacking of 800 workers illegally fired and replaced with low paid agency staff in March as an ‘amazing’ job. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, seafarers, sackings
RMT suspends June 3 action
Station staff at Euston and Green Park stations have faced bullying and intimidation from a single manager for years, leading to a breakdown of industrial relations. However, following intense negotiations between RMT and tube bosses, an agreement was reached to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LUL, Tube, Euston, Green Park, Bullying
RMT declares overwhelming mandate for national strike action on railways
71% of those balloted took part in the vote with 89% voting in favour of strike action and only 11% voting against. The union will now be demanding urgent talks with Network Rail and the 15 train operating companies that were balloted to find...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Strike, Ballot, Rail, Dispute, Pay, Jobs, Conditions, Rail Union, RMT
RMT response to Shapps strike threat
The RMT today issued a stern warning that they will mount fierce resistance to any attempt by the government to reduce their   right to strike  on the railways.    RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Any attempt by Grant Shapps...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Union, RMT, Grant Shapps, Strike, Ballot, Rail Dispute
RMT will launch strike ballot on ScotRail over pay
RPI inflation is running at 11.1%, and transport workers have already been subject to repeated pay freezes and real terms cuts in living standards. The union will set out a timetable for the ballot and any potential action in due course....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Ballot, Pay, Strike
Tube strike action set for Queen's Jubilee
RMT members at both stations have suffered years of intimidation, bullying and unjustified sackings of colleagues by a manager who has created a toxic atmosphere in the workplace. Strike action is set for June 3 which coincides with the Queen's Jubilee...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Euston, Green Park, Bullying,
RMT reaction to new Freeport in Wales
Financial backing  has been secured for a freeport in Wales, the UK government has announced.   With eight freeports approved in England and a deal for two struck with the Scottish Government, it is understood that the Cardiff Bay administration...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Freeport, Wales, Holyhead, Seafarers, Dockers
RMT on Railways Bill in today's Queen’s speech
Rail union RMT has warned that the Queen’s Speech to be delivered today to set up Great British Railways, the new state holding company for the UK’s rail infrastructure, will only deliver for private railway companies. RMT general secretary Michael...
Region: National
Tagged with: Queens Speech, Railways Bill, Great British Railways
RMT condemns Hebblethwaite P&O promotion
Mr Hebblethwaite who admitted breaching employment law during a Transport Select Committee hearing in March, by sacking 800 seafarers and replacing them with agency crews, was appointed on 1st April to the new post which has been announced today on Companies...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Peter Hebblethwaite, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
RMT responds to Pride of Kent failed inspection
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “For the third time in a month P&O’s Cypriot flagged Pride of Kent has failed a full safety inspection by the MCA.   “Passengers and hauliers need to know that P&O’s fleet is operated by...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Pride of Kent, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
Grant Shapps is allowing rail dispute to continue
Scottish Minister for Transport Jenny Gilruth accuses Mr Shapps and the Westminster government of "not doing more" to resolve the current dispute with the transport union. RMT is balloting over 40,000 members on Network Rail and the train operating companies over...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay & Conditions, Ballot, Strike, Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps
RMT protest Larne port over unsafe P&O ferries
This week the European Causeway drifted for hours in waters off Larne having lost power and had to be escorted back by tugboats. The vessel was carrying passengers, freight traffic and was being operated by an underpaid, overworked and poorly...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Larne, Seafarers, Sackings
P&O protest at Cairnryan port on Friday
Demonstrators will be encouraging passengers not to use the ferries as part of the union's "Boycott P&O" campaign. Following the unlawful sacking of 800 staff in March, P&O has been embroiled in a series of safety violations on their ferries and...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Sackings, Seafarers
Hundreds of cleaners take to picket lines in row over pay
Staff in cleaning roles on GTR, SE trains, and HS1 can earn as little £8.91 an hour.  The union is demanding Churchill pay company sick pay and free travel for cleaning staff across the network, just like every other railway...
Region: National
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, Justice For Cleaners
Network Rail's "futile attempt" to undermine ballot exposed
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The comments are a desperate and futile attempt by Network Rail to dissuade our railway members from voting in this upcoming strike ballot. "Network Rail are trying to avoid the elephant in the room,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Network Rail, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Job Cuts, Strike, Ballot
RMT responds to European Causeway being adrift off the coast of Larne
"Since our members were viciously sacked on 17 March, this vessel has been detained by the MCA for failing a raft of safety checks. "The list of offences is now as long as your arm and the Government has to step...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, European Causeway, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings,
P&O U-turn on further cutting of agency worker pay
The union had  received reports  of agency workers being forced to sign new contracts that reduced their pay to drastically low levels.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Due to the pressure from RMT seafarers, P&O have been prevented...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings, DP World
Transport Scotland "playing fast and loose with railway safety."
An FOI request passed to RMT shows Transport Scotland requested that Network Rail reduce its baseline budget by £65 million in both 2022/23 and 2023/24. This new evidence is in direct contradiction to official responses from the Scottish Government when asked previously...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Transport Scotland, Network Rail, Railway Safety, Scotland
RMT launch strike ballot over pay freeze & job losses
Over 40,000 railway workers on Network Rail and 15 train operating companies (TOCs) will be balloted for strike action in what RMT has called “potentially the biggest rail strike in modern history.” Network Rail intends to cut at least 2,500 safety critical maintenance...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, Strike, Ballot
DP World protest against P&O sackings
Organised by the International Transport Federation in London outside the offices of DP World, 16 Palace Street London SW1E 5JQ, RMT activists will be keeping up their “Fair Ferries campaign” and calling for the re-instatement of all 800 sacked seafarers. ITF inspectors...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, Seafarers, Sackings
RMT calls for economic sanctions against P&O - one month on from mass sackings
Ships have been found to not be seaworthy due to agency crews not being familiar with the vessels, a lack of competency around fire safety and emergency evacuation, firefighting equipment that is not fit for purpose, and deficient structural integrity...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
Fight for justice continues for P&O workers with further protests next week
MARITIME UNION RMT will be keeping up the pressure on P&O with further protests next week over the mass sacking of 800 of the company’s seafarers. Demonstrations are taking place: • Organised by RMT in Dover on Tuesday 19th April at...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Demonstration
48 hour strike on TransPennine Express on Easter weekend
The company has point blank refused TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays. This week TPE claimed there was no money in the budget to resolve the dispute but were then...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TransPennine Express, Strike
Fight for justice continues for P&O workers
MARITIME UNION RMT will be keeping up the pressure on P&O with further protests this month over the mass sacking of 800 of the company’s seafarers. Demonstrations are taking place: • Organised by RMT in Dover on Tuesday 19th April at...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Demonstration
RMT demands Grant Shapps detains P&O ferry over serious safety breaches
Port authorities in the Netherlands listed failures around fire safety, deficient training for crew and below standard ship structural integrity, during an inspection between 7 and 8 April. P&O sacked 800 workers in Britain without warning last month, sparking angry protests at ports...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Safety
Action solid this morning in two RMT rail strikes
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "Our members on TPE and the West Coast routes are standing firm again this weekend in their separate fights for pay and workplace justice. "It's time for both employers to stop treating their staff with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transpennine Express, Conductors, Avanti West Coast, Atalian Servest, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Strike,
Atalian Servest West Coast cleaners return to the picket lines
As Atalian Servest cleaners return to the picket lines this weekend for a 48-hour strike on 9 and 10 April, a new report has exposed the brutal reality of life for cleaners working to clean Avanti West Coast trains. In a report...
Region: National
Tagged with: Atalian Servest, Cleaners, Avanti West Coast, Strike, Pay, Justice For Cleaners
Bosses on Southeastern Trains exposed as getting free travel
RAIL UNION RMT today accused bosses at the publicly owned Southeastern Trains of ‘rank hypocrisy’ after it was revealed that they get free rail travel while denying it to the cleaning staff who work to ensure that Southeastern trains are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Cleaners, Atalian Servest, Southeastern, Pay, Fight For Fifteen, Travel,
P&O demonstrations continue this week
Delays at Dover have been compounded by P&O's ruthless actions and the embattled Dubai owned company says no ship will sail until April 19. The events that we have planned this week are as follows:   Hull 4pm Tuesday 5 April King...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, seafarers, DP World,
RMT on bus and local transport funding announcement
Responding to the Government announcement on bus and local transport funding RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This announcement of funding is a drop in the ocean compared to what our bus and local transport desperately needs after years of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Local Transport, Funding, Tory Government
RMT attacks cleaning cost cutting
The railway union condemned the move which puts vital cleaning jobs at risk on Essex Thameside services. This despite all the evidence that clean trains are essential to restoring public confidence post the height of the Covid pandemic. Bidvest Noonan...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice for Cleaners, Cleaners, Cleaning, Railways, Transport Secretary
Unions demand change to end fire and rehire
Last night, ITF, ETF, Nautilus International and RMT projected a video on to the cliffs of Dover and images on to the headquarters of P&O Ferries, demanding that the company be brought to task for its immoral and illegal actions....
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers, ITF, Nautilus International, ETF
ScotRail renationalised
On the day the ScotRail franchise enters public ownership, rail union RMT has repeated its demands for Caledonian Sleeper to be brought into public ownership as part of an integrated Scottish rail passenger network. These demands come as RMT reveals...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Government
P&O / DP World protest in Portsmouth tomorrow
Although there is no direct P&O presence in Portsmouth, DP World the parent company are to provide services to the Solent Freeport at Taxpayer expense and Condor Ferries continue exploiting the same disgusting scheme of no minimum wage for overseas...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings, DP World
24 hour strike on TransPennine Express
Conductors will take 24 hours of strike action in row over pay and Sunday working. RMT said the company had refused TPE conductors' request to increase pay for staff coming in on their days off and Sundays. The union says there...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike
RMT responds to Shapps P&O statement
"Despite all the bluster, Grant Shapps has failed to grasp the opportunity to adequately stand up to the banditry behaviour of P&O. “The Prime Minister repeatedly said to parliament that the Government would be taking legal action save British seafarers’...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Shapps
RMT calls for decisive and serious government action ahead of expected Commons' announcement on seafarers
“It is almost two weeks since our members were sacked by P&O’s military style attack and a week since the Prime Minister repeatedly said to Parliament that they would be taking legal action to save these jobs but this has...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Commons
RMT confirms further protests in Liverpool and Scotland in fight to save P&O jobs
Thursday 31st March Port of Liverpool L21 1LA at 07.30am Friday 8th April at Cairnryan Port at 12 noon. More events will be added to the schedule as the fight goes on. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “P&O clearly feel they...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Protests
RMT calls for urgent talks with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency
Following the seizure of P&O vessels by inspectors RMT is calling for urgent talks with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency demanding they take a "whole fleet" approach RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “It's rare for the MCA to seize...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Maritime and Coastguard Agency
RMT slams P&O CEO's wilful flouting of the law
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “The latest letter from Peter Hebblethwaite is a direct challenge to the legal framework and government authority in Britain. "The diabolical arrogance that is on display by P&O Ferries is equivalent to highway banditry...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
RMT in P&O talks today
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "RMT is meeting with DFDS, Stena and the DfT today to discuss the ongoing crisis from P&O's illegal dismissal of its crews. "P&O need to immediately withdraw the false and arbitrary deadline for staff sign-up...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings,
Pride of Kent detained
RMT tonight welcomed the MCA detention of another P&O vessel the Pride of Kent in Dover for what the union believes are multiple safety and operational breaches, including the wearing of breathing apparatus, and demanded again that the Government seize...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Pride of Kent, Seafarers, Sackings,
RMT calls demonstration at Clyde Marine Recruitment as union targets P&O supply chain
The union will be demonstrating outside the offices of Clyde Marine Recruitment on Monday 28thMarch at 11am. Clyde Marine Recruitment are responsible for recruiting the scab labour to replace some of the union members on P&O’s routes. The demonstration will...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Clyde, Demonstration
RMT to meet P&O Ferries today to demand reinstatement of sacked seafarers
"RMT will be holding talks with P&O today to demand the reinstatement of our sacked seafarers. "We welcome the massive public and political support for our campaign and P&O ferries need to change course and reinstate these loyal key workers”
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O
RMT demands that DP World are chucked out of Freeports
The Scottish Government has published its bidding prospectus for publicly funded ‘Green’ Freeports which receive at least £25m in seed funding. P&O Ferries owners DP World are heavily involved in English Freeports, particularly the Thames and Solent. An announcement is...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, DP World
RMT statement after officials met with P&O this afternoon
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “From the outset the full obnoxiousness and hostility of the company towards their staff and the RMT was on display. “P&O were not prepared to listen to any scenario or develop any idea that...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Meeting
RMT on seizure of P&O vessel by MCA tonight
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The seizing of the European Causeway by the MCA tonight shows that the gangster capitalist outfit P&O are not fit and proper to run a safe service after the jobs massacre. "This mob should be...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O, Larne, Safety
RMT launches campaign for a people’s CalMac
Ferry Union RMT has today launched a new campaign for a People’s CalMac, starting with a day of action in Oban at 11am on Friday 25thMarch. RMT is calling for the Scottish Government to invest in creating a publicly owned...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, A People's CalMac, Ferry, Ferries
RMT and Nautilus raise safety alarm
As Unions give evidence to MPs in Parliament this morning, RMT and Nautilus International have written to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) to express serious concern that sacking P&O Ferries crew and replacing them with agency staff who have...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers, Nautilus International, RMT
Heroic cleaners being left behind again
RMT criticised new measures coming into force today which will mean those isolating with Covid will not get SSP from day one. New government guidelines mean that people taking sick leave will only be entitled to SSP from day four....
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, Atalian Servest, Churchill, SSP, Statutory Sick Pay, Covid-19
RMT calls for immediate P&O injunction
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "In light of evidence given today by lawyers to MPs, that there have been multiple breaches of the law and the admission of the P&O Chief Executive Peter Hebblethwaite, that the company not only...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers, RMT
RMT responds to Johnson’s PMQ comments on P&O
“Under pressure from Keir Starmer, the Prime Minister said today that P&O Ferries had broken the law by falling to give the government adequate notice of the redundancies – he has in effect called P&O Ferries liars as the company...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, seafarers
Save P&O Jobs
RMT members will be joined by other activists this week in Liverpool for two demonstrations to protest against the sacking of 800 workers by P&O. The protests will be taking place on Weds 23rd March 0700 and Saturday 26th March 0700 at the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Sackings, Seafarers
P&O bullying
Maritime Union RMT tonight slammed what it described as a "disgusting statement" from P&O Ferries trying to justify one of the most shameful acts by any employer in recent history Sacked seafarers have been basically told that if they don’t...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, Seafarers
P&O sacking demonstrations this week
RMT is organising mass demonstrations at ports up and down the country, to show DP World and the government that public anger is growing over the sacking of 800 P&O staff.  Protests will take place in Liverpool, Hull, Larne in Northern...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, seafarers,
RMT calls on Boris Johnson to meet a delegation of sacked P&O workers
RMT has called on Boris Johnson to meet a delegation of sacked P&O workers as it emerged the government have delayed taking action on legislation that would have protected workers for over two years. The Union has pointed to commitments...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, sacked seafarers,
DP World refuse to meet union delegation
Unions accused P&O of treating their members with complete contempt after their owners, DP World, refused to meet ‎the general secretaries of RMT, Nautilus and the TUC who were attending a protest at their headquarters this lunchtime. RMT General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, DB World, Seafarers, Sackings,
P&O ferry crews replaced by seafarers on 2.38 dollars
Commenting on the revelation RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said, “The news that the seafarers now on ships in British ports are to be paid 2.38 dollars an hour is a shocking exploitation of those Seafarers and another gut-wrenching betrayal of...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings, UK Seafarers
New crew on P&O ships will be paid at rates well below minimum wage
The union have supported their claim by pointing to the example of the two P&O ships on the Liverpool-Dublin route which have been crewed with Filipino Ratings who were on contracts which paid a basic rate of $3.47 per hour. Shipping...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, Protests, Seafarers
P&O Crisis
On the day of demonstrations around the country RMT has called for the implementation of a four-point plan to protect jobs, services and basic employment standards as it's revealed the government knew of the plan to sack workers and disrupt...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Sackings, Protests, Seafarers
Future of P&O
Responding to reports about the future of P&O and speculation that hundreds of UK seafarers employed by the company could be replaced by foreign labour RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said, “We are deeply disturbed by growing speculation that the...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, UK Seafarers
RMT warns of more disputes on Transpennine Express
Ahead of further strike action this weekend by conductors on Transpennine Express services, RMT warned today that the interests of passengers are being sacrificed by a government that is hard-wiring profiteering and attacks on staff into its revamped privatisation model...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, First Group, Conductors, Industrial Action
P&O sackings
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “We are receiving reports that security guards at Dover are seeking to board ships with handcuffs to remove crew so they can be replaced with cheaper labour. "We are seeking urgent legal action and...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Seafarers, Sackings,
RMT organises emergency P&O demonstrations
The company, which is funded by the Dubai Royal Family, stunned workers in a pre-recorded Zoom call, when they informed staff that they were being dismissed and would be replaced by cheap agency labour from abroad. When workers rightly refused...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O ferries, Redundancies, Protest, Seafarers
RMT on additional fine for SouthEastern
RAIL UNION RMT said that the additional fine of £23.5 million meted out to the private London South Eastern Railway operation this morning, after further investigation by DfT revealed that their fiddling of the figures dates back many years, ‎reinforces...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Go Ahead Group, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern
RMT responds to Rail Minister speech
“It is obvious to anyone that uses the railways that rail workers already work seven days a week, around the clock with anti-social hours to keep the country moving. For the rail minister to come along and tell them they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Minister, National Rail Dispute,
RMT on weekend of action
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that a wave of action across rail and tube services this weekend shows that members are prepared to make a stand for pay and workplace justice in the teeth of attacks stemming from the cost...
Region: National
Tagged with: Churchill, Atalian Servest, Night Tube, Tube, London Underground, LUL, Avanti West Coast, strike, Pay Justice, Justice for Cleaners, TransPeninne Express, TPE, Conductors, Cleaners
Railway cleaners take on greedy multinationals
RMT members working on the West Coast mainline and for major train operators will take strike action on Saturday in a fight for pay justice. Outsourced cleaners working for contractors Atalian Servest Limited, and Churchill are paid the bare minimum...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice For Cleaners, Pay Justice, Avanti West Coast, Atalian Servest, Churchill Group, HS1, Southeastern, Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern, Cleaners, Strike
West Coast train cleaners striking again
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that heroic train cleaners working to keep Avanti West Coast trains clean and safe for passengers will be taking a further 48 hour strike action from tomorrow evening and into the weekend in pursuit of their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Avanti West Coast Trains, Atalian Servest, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT warns of significant threat to railway safety
Britain’s largest rail union has warned of a significant threat to rail safety and services cause by plans to axe thousands of rail jobs. The warning came as tomorrow, 9th March, rail workers will gather at stations in London, Bristol,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Paying More For Less, Rail Safety, Rail Fares, Cuts, Protests, Services
Churchill cleaning staff to take 48-hour strike action
RMT members working for cleaning contractor Churchill across London and the South East, will take 2 days strike action from Saturday March 12 across trains and stations run by major railways companies. This will be the second bout of strike action in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1
35th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said:  “We pay tribute to the memory of the crew and passengers who died in the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster and extend our condolences to the community in Dover who were so badly affected...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Herald of Free Enterprise, Ferry, Zeebrugge
RMT members standing firm again on TPE
RAIL UNION RMT said today that conductor members fighting for pay justice on TransPennine Express are standing firm and united again this morning in the latest of a series of strikes.    This week,   ahe ad of today's fourth...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, First Group, Pay Justice
Transpennine Express Conductors strike again on Sunday for pay justice
Ahead of a fourth day of strike action on Sunday by Transpennine Express conductors who are battling against attacks on pay and enhancements which are eating away the value of their wages, rail union  RMT has revealed that TPE’s owners...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine, Conductors, Strike
RMT calls on the Scottish Government to listen to passengers
Ahead of a meeting between the trade unions and the Scottish Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth MSP today, Thursday 3rd March, Rail Union RMT has written to the Minister to call for a commitment that her Government will halt the proposed...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Ticket Offices, SNP, Cuts,
Tube members standing firm again
TUBE UNION RMT said that members are standing firm with pickets out in force at all key locations in todays strike action in the fight to defend jobs, pensions and working conditions on London Underground. General Secretary Mick Lynch said;...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
Tube strike goes ahead tomorrow
RMT accused Mayor Sadiq Khan of playing to the gallery, instead of pressuring ministers to deliver a long-term funding deal for TfL, ahead of another 24-hour stoppage on the tube network tomorrow which goes ahead as planned. Speaking to the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
Hundreds of key rail cleaners to strike
Rail cleaners will continue their fight for pay justice next week with a 48-hour stoppage next week. RMT members who keep trains and stations clean across London and the Southeast are campaigning for £15 an hour and to be made...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1
RMT demands Sadiq Khan make good on his promises
10,000 tube workers are taking strike action today, (Tuesday) after London Underground bosses refused to rule out job cuts and detrimental changes to pensions. RMT said that pickets are out in force at all key locations and that the action ‎is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
RMT responds to Government funding announcement
Commenting on the DfT’s extension of local transport Covid-19 funding until October 2022, General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “With numerous bus operators warning that services face the axe from April, the DfT’s decision to extend funding from April until October is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus Funding, DfT, Department for Transport, Local Authorities
RMT calls for urgent talks with Mayor
On the eve of strikes that will shut down the Underground, RMT called for talks with Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan calling on him not to turn his back on tube workers by siding with a government he knows is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
Rail and Tube strikes to go ahead this weekend
RAIL AND TUBE UNION RMT said today that strike action will go ahead this weekend as planned in disputes on both rail and tube involving members on TPE and London Underground drivers. On TransPennine Express conductor members will be out...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Tube, Night Tube, London Underground, LUL, RMT
99% Opposed to ScotRail ticket office cuts
As the Passenger Watchdog Transport Focus today revealed that just 1% of the 1550 respondents to the ScotRail ticket office consultation were in favour of the proposed cuts, RMT says it will be writing to the First Minster and Transport Minister calling...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Ticket Office, Cuts,
Tube strike goes ahead next week
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed that members will be taking strike action next week as planned over LU’s continuing refusal to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of an on-going financial crisis driven by central...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions
RMT renews call for Go-Ahead Group ban
RAIL UNION RMT has today called once more on the Secretary of State for Transport to nationalise the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise as, with one month to go before the DfT has to make its decision on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, Southeastern, Southern, Thameslink, Great Northern
Biggest ever rail cleaners strike
Hundreds of rail cleaners are out in force on picket lines this morning in the biggest ever coordinated wave of strike action in the fight for pay justice. The cleaners, who are all employed by the outsourcing company Churchill and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1,
Rail cleaners to rally outside Parliament tomorrow
The cleaners, who are all employed by the outsourcing company Churchill and have worked throughout the Covid-19 crisis to clean trains and stations on Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar and HS1 services, will walk out for a 24 hour...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1
Rail cleaners to strike this week
Hundreds of heroic rail cleaners employed by Churchill on four contracts in the South East will take strike action on Wednesday 23rd February as part of their fight for pay justice. As the cost of living crisis escalates, the cleaners,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Cleaners, Churchill Group, Strike, Pay Justice, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1,
Trans Pennine conductors absolutely solid
RAIL UNION RMT said today that support from conductor members for a second phase of strike action in a fight for pay justice is absolutely rock solid at all locations along the Trans Pennine Express routes today. General Secretary Mick...
Region: North West
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Pay Justice, Strike
RMT says strike action goes ahead this weekend on Rail and Tube
On TransPennine Express conductor members will be out for 24 hours on Sunday in the second phase of a fight for pay justice. Driver members will be striking on the Night Tube again from this evening to protect work/life balance and...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine, Tube, Strike
DP Worlds concerns
MARITIME UNION RMT will be writing to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State this week demanding that the Government immediately suspends DP World’s involvement in the delivery of Freeports until it pays what it owes to the Merchant Navy Ratings...
Region: National
Tagged with: DP World, Merchant Navy Ratings Pension Fund, MNRPF, Pension
RMT reaction to two 'Green Freeport' sites for Scotland
Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: "Freeports are fatally flawed because they will be operated in private not public interests and it's sad to see the SNP Government fall for this confidence trick by Boris Johnson's ultra-capitalist Tories. "England's Freeports...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Green Freeport, SNP, Tory, Government, Freeport
RMT members standing firm on TPE
RAIL UNION RMT has reported that conductor members fighting for pay justice on Trans Pennine Express are standing firm and united this morning in the first of a series of strikes. General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "Reports from the ground...
Region: National
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice,
TransPennine Express Conductors to begin strike action this Sunday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that Conductors employed by TransPennine Express will be taking the first in a series of weekly strike actions this Sunday 13th February over pay discrimination. After working right through the Covid pandemic and having a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: TransPennine Express, TPE, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice,
Union to meet new Transport Minister
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement in the Parliament yesterday that it is holding a ‘National Conversation’ about a ‘New Beginning’ for ScotRail, which enters public ownership on 1 April 2022, RMT warns that this ‘New Beginning’ must not mean cuts to ticket...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Ticket Office, Scottish Government, SNP, Rail,
One third of Bus services in England could be cut in weeks
Following a warning from bus operators that nearly a third of services in England could be cut in weeks if emergency Government funding runs out, bus Union RMT has called on the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps MP...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Services, Grant Shapps, National Bus Strategy
Rail cleaners call strike action
Hundreds of heroic rail cleaners employed by Churchill on four contracts in the South East will take strike action on Wednesday 23rd February as part of their fight for pay justice. As the cost of living crisis escalates, the cleaners,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Churchill Group, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Strike, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, HS1
RMT on BP profits announcement
“Coming hot on the heels of the Shell announcement these obscene BP profits and shareholder dividends are indefensible while our key workers face crippling energy bills and the economy fails. These figures only serve to illustrate why public ownership and...
Region: National
Tagged with: BP, Shell, Profit, Just Transition, Offshore Energy,
London Transport union RMT announces strike action
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed that members will be taking strike action next month over LU’s continuing refusal to give assurances on jobs, pensions and working conditions in the midst of an on-going financial crisis driven by central Government The...
Region: National
Tagged with: London Transport, Strike
Hundreds of rail cleaner heroes in historic vote for action
Hundreds of rail cleaners who have kept trains running throughout the pandemic have voted for industrial action across four separate contracts in the South East in a historic ballot. The cleaners are employed by private contractor Churchill and work to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill Group, Churchill, Cleaners, Strike, Pay, Pay Justice, Justice For Cleaners
Union's call on Nicola Sturgeon to scrap ScotRail cuts
On the day that the public consultation over proposals to reduce ticket office opening hours across the ScotRail network closes, a coalition of organisations representing ScotRail workers and passengers, disabled people, environmentalists, women, and pensioners in Scotland have written to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Offices, Cuts, Services, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister, SNP
RMT slams Government hypocrisy over levelling up
“With this government when it comes to transport it’s not levelling up, it's cutting up our network and driving down access to decent services. “With cuts to rail and metro projects and timetables and staff, and the scaling back of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Levelling Up, Bus, Rail, Transport, Tory Government
RMT calls for meeting with the First Minister
CALMAC Union RMT today called for a meeting with Ministers in response to weekend press reports that the Scottish Government is planning to privatise the contract for lifeline ferry services in the west of Scotland. RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian MacBrayne, CalMac, Ferry, Scotland, SNP, Project Neptune,
Transport and energy workers to protest tomorrow
Marking the three-month anniversary of the beginning of the COP26 Climate Conference  transport and energy workers are to march to the office of the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tomorrow to protest at the betrayal by the SNP / Green Government of...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: COP26, Climate Conference, SNP, Green, Rail, Ferry, Energy
Pacific Nuclear Transport Fleet workers pay freeze
SEAFARERS’ UNION RMT today called on the Government to reverse a pay freeze imposed on seafarers working on the Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd (PNTL) fleet. PNTL seafarers have been hit with the 0% public sector pay freeze for 2021-22, despite the importance...
Region: National
Tagged with: Pacific Nuclear Transport Fleet, PNTL, Pay, Seafarers
Ben Nevis collision highlights hidden safety threat
Commenting on the news that the Ben Nevis offshore supply vessel had collided with a Valaris drilling installation, Mick Lynch, RMT General Secretary said: “The previous owner of the Maltese-flagged Ben Nevis was caught out by maritime regulators in Aberdeen...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Ben Nevis, Offshore Supply Vessel, Valaris, Drilling Installation
Soaring inflation biting into low paid workers’ wages
Workers on the National Minimum Wage and the Real Living Wage are more than £1,000 worse off now than 12 months ago as a result of soaring inflation, according to new research published by the RMT today. As RPI inflation reached...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Minimum Wage, Real Living Wage, Inflation, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Justice For Cleaners, Rail Union, Churchill, Atalian Servest
RMT warns of climate cost of latest Scottish rail fare hike
Union also warns that rail service and ticket office cuts mean passengers will be paying “more for less” As rail passengers in Scotland face a fares hike of 3.8%, analysis by rail union RMT reveals that since the start of 2012, regulated...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Scottish Government, SNP, Rail Fares, Cuts, Ticket Offices, Services
Heroic West Coast train cleaners strike for pay justice
Heroic train cleaners working to keep Avanti West Coast trains clean and safe for passengers will begin strike action tomorrow in pursuit of fair pay. The cleaners, who have worked throughout the pandemic to keep essential transport services running, are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Atalian Servest Limited, Avanti West Coast, Cleaners, Strike, Pay Justice
Rail cleaner Covid heroes ballot begins
RAIL UNION RMT will begin balloting cleaners today employed by outsourcing company Churchill on four separate contracts in the South East for strike action in pursuit of fair pay. The historic strike ballot is the latest phase of a long-running...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1, Justice for Cleaners, Sick Pay, Pay Rise, Outsourcing
RMT on COVID-linked rail reductions
General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “No one should underestimate the impact that COVID is having on transport staff and there is a logic to adjusting services accordingly. However, any attempt to use this crisis to cynically bulldoze through permanent cuts...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail, Transport Staff, Jobs, Cuts
RMT responds to air pollution crisis in London
“Car use returning to pre pandemic levels and pollution threatening people’s health confirms that decent greener public transport is essential for public safety. “And it means now more than ever that the government needs to withdraw proposals to inflict cuts...
Region: National
Tagged with: London, Pollution
Cleaners serve notice of strike ballot
RAIL UNION RMT has served notice to an outsourcing company that on the 18th January it will be balloting cleaners on four of its contracts in the South-East for industrial action as part of a dispute over pay and justice...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Southeastern, Eurostar, HS1, Justice for Cleaners, Sick Pay, Pay Rise, Outsourcing
RMT slams Department for Transport
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today described the Department for Transport’s plans to further extend HGV drivers’ hours as “reckless” and “dangerous” as the Government attempts to respond to the impacts of the Omicron wave on the road haulage sector. This extension...
Region: National
Tagged with: HGV Drivers, Hours, DfT, Department for Transport, Road Freight
RMT pledges to fight ScotRail ticket office plans
RMT pledges to fight plans to cut ticket office hours at 120 ScotRail stations and warns that cuts will create a “muggers paradise” across the network RAIL UNION RMT today condemned an announcement by Abellio ScotRail that it is proposing to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Ticket Office, Cuts
New wave of Tube strike action
TUBE UNION RMT today confirmed a new wave of strike action by tube drivers over the outrageous imposition of rosters‎ by London Underground bosses. Following an overwhelming vote for action by drivers on the Metropolitan Line based at the Neasden...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Metropolitan Line, Strike, Drivers
RMT Members vote yes for Tube strike
LONDON TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed that members voted yes for strike action and action short of a strike in a ballot of over ten thousand members across all grades of LU staff that closed today. 94% of members voted to strike....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Strike, Jobs, Pensions,
RMT on COVID and industrial disruption to rail services
"Travel disruption over the break could have been avoided if the rail companies we are involved in disputes with valued their staff and took their genuine grievances seriously. Any impact on services is down to private greed overriding the workforce...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Industrial Action, Travel Disruption,
LNER ticket office cuts demo at Kings Cross
Rail Union RMT is continuing its campaign against proposed cuts to LNER ticket office hours next week, with a demonstration outside London King’s Cross station on Tuesday 21stDecember, from 0800 – 0930am. This demo follows successful action at affected stations across...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: LNER, Ticket Office, Cuts, Stop The Cuts, Staff Our Stations
RMT calls for Eurostar support
RAIL UNION RMT today called on the Government to step in with financial and practical support to prevent the risk of Eurostar collapsing after nearly two years of financial battering from the COVID pandemic as France confirmed today that it...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Financial Support
RMT welcomes inquiry into the integrated rail plan
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “For all its rhetoric on rail the fact is that the government, driven by the treasury, is now preparing for widespread cuts. “That means axing services and staff in the short term and shelving...
Region: National
Tagged with: Integrated Rail Plan, Transport Select Committee, Cuts, Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Defend Rail
Stop Grinch Shapps stealing South Western Railway services‎ - protest Wednesday
The protest marks twelve months until the new timetable will be implemented in December 2022 in which SWR and Network Rail are proposing to make wholesale cuts to services across the SWR Network using the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover to...
Region: National
Tagged with: SWR, Protest
Govia must be stripped of all franchises
RMT, Britain’s specialist transport union, today demanded that Govia be stripped of its remaining rail franchise and called on the Department for Transport to launch a wider review of possible fraud in the privatised rail network. The union’s call followed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Go-Ahead, Franchise, Review, DfT, Department for Transport
RMT pays tribute to transport workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT payed tribute this morning to workers battling in appalling conditions to keep Britain moving during Storm Barra overnight and has called on the Government and employers to halt plans for mass cuts‎ that threaten the livelihoods of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Storm Barra, Rail, Ports, Ferries, Transport,
RMT on award of Chiltern Railways contract to Arriva
"As rail workers face pay cuts and passengers face fare rises its business as usual for the privatised rail industry who are being handed out multi - year rail contracts with guaranteed profits. "This is also yet another rail contract dished...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Chiltern Railways, Arriva, German State, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation, Rail Union, RMT
Serco Caledonian Sleeper bullying culture
As the Scottish Government was challenged in parliament today over crisis on the Caledonian Sleeper with a call for ministers to take action over bullying and harassment of staff at the Company, a new survey of RMT Caledonian Sleeper members...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Strike,
Caledonian Sleeper workers to protest at Serco
RAIL UNION RMT is taking its fight for pay justice for Caledonian Sleeper workers directly to the franchise operator Serco’s London office today. Like other transport workers, Caledonian Sleeper workers have been on the frontline throughout the pandemic, yet they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Pay Justice
Save London's Transport demonstration on Wednesday
Transport Union RMT will be protesting outside Parliament on Wednesday alongside other trade unions in a ‘Save London’s Transport’ demonstration opposing attack on pensions, the imposition of pay freezes and threats to services and jobs, imposed as part of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Save London's Transport, Demonstration, ITF, Transport for London, TfL
RMT on face masks on public transport
"We support the wearing of masks but there are major issues about enforcement and its our members left in the front line with angry passengers who refuse to comply.    "The Government must make the resources available to properly police...
Region: National
Tagged with: Face Masks, Public Transport, Covid-19,
Rail Gourmet staff announce new strike action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action next month, starting on New Year’s Eve, in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Gate Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Catering, Caterers, Workplace Justice
Cleaners continue fight for pay justice
Low paid rail cleaners who work for Churchill Group will protest outside the offices of their employers and the train operating companies that contract them will protest tomorrow, Friday 26th November, as part of their fight for pay justice. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Churchill, Cleaners, Southeastern Trains, Govia, Pay Justice
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
On International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, a new survey of women public transport workers by their union RMT reveals a growing epidemic of sexual harassment against passengers and workers on public transport. Sexual harassment is a...
Region: National
Tagged with: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Sexual Harassment, Public Transport
Justice for North Sea contract workers
OFFSHORE UNION RMT along with our Trade Union colleagues Unite and GMB have today issued notice of strike action with offshore members employed with North Sea contractors Ponticelli and Semco. RMT members at Semco Maritime and Ponticelli UK Ltd are...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Ponticelli, Semco, North Sea, Offshore, Energy,
Save London's Transport demonstration
Transport Union RMT will be protesting outside Parliament alongside other trade unions in a ‘ Save London’s Transport ’ demonstration opposing attacks on pensions, the imposition of pay freezes and threats to services and jobs, imposed as part of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Save London's Transport, TfL, Transport for London
Government confirms the great Northern rail betrayal
RAIL UNION RMT today described the Government’s long-delayed ‘Integrated Rail Plan for the North and Midlands’ as a “historic betrayal of the people of the North”. The 162-page document confirms that the Eastern leg of the HS2 Project will be...
Region: National
Tagged with: HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, Grant Shapps, Tory Government
RMT on TfL cuts carnage
LONON TRANSPORT UNION RMT today called on the Mayor Sadiq Khan to stand up and fight for the Capital's transport services as the full scale of the cuts being demanded by the Government begins to emerge. The union has also...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Mayor of London, Cuts, Jobs, Pensions
RMT calls to scrap TfL cash for cuts scheme
TUBE UNION RMT has written to London Mayor Sadiq Khan calling on him to scrap Transport for London’s £12 million executive bonus scheme which will see senior staff rewarded for their success in delivering the government’s attack on heroic keyworkers’...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, TfL, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, Pensions, Pay, Jobs
RMT exposes former Shipping Minister’s lucrative second job
RATINGS UNION RMT today entered the furore over MPs second jobs by highlighting the case of former Shipping Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP who was paid £60,000 per year for 84 hours work (£714 per hour) for ship design company Artemis Technologies...
Region: National
Tagged with: Nusrat Ghani, Tory Government, Shipping Minister, MP, Seafarers, Ratings
Great Northern Rail Betrayal
RAIL UNION RMT today described the Government’s anticipated U-turn on their promises to build the vital Eastern leg of the HS2 project and the cancelling of Northern Powerhouse Rail as an “great northern rail betrayal ” and one that tears...
Region: National
Tagged with: HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail, U-turn, Tory Government,
Caledonian Sleeper staff strike again
RAIL UNION RMT ‎ said that pickets have been out in force at all key locations along the Caledonian Sleeper routes overnight as the workforce strikes again in their fight for pay and workplace justice. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, COP26, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT calls for Caledonian Sleeper intervention
RAIL UNION RMT has called on Scotland's political leadership to take responsibility and intervene as strike action on Caledonian Sleeper during the closing days of COP26 goes ahead tomorrow in an on-going fight for pay and workplace justice for Scotland's...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT confirms Caledonian Sleeper strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action on Caledonian Sleeper during COP26 goes ahead on Thursday in an on-going fight for pay and workplace justice for Scotland's rail workers – staff at the sharp end of providing green transport alternatives....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, COP26, Pay Justice
RMT responds to UK Government's Just Transition Declaration at COP26
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Workers in oil and gas, transport and the supply chain need confidence in the COP process. A refreshed Just Transition declaration from the UK Presidency of COP26 is welcome, effectively mandating practical measures such...
Region: National
Tagged with: Just Transition Plan, COP26, Just Transition Declaration, Offshore, Oil, Gas, Wind, Offshore Energy Passport
Rail industry confidence returns
RAIL UNION RMT demanded an end to cuts as new polling by the Railway Industry Association released today has revealed that confidence in the rail industry has returned to pre-2019 levels, in a positive sign of growing optimism about the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway Industry Association, Cuts Agenda, COP26, Rail
Southeastern investigation fatally compromised
RMT, the UK’s leading specialist transport union, has slammed the Department for Transport’s ‘independent’ review into financial ‘bad faith’ on Southeastern railways, describing it as a ‘fatally compromised farce’ in which the public could have no confidence. The union has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Go-Ahead, Govia, DfT, Department for Transport,
RMT to hold cut protest outside DfT
TRANSPORT UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration tomorrow demanding that the government cut carbon emissions, not public transport jobs. The protest will take place on Thursday 4th November 2021 at 10am at the Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: DfT, Department for Transport, COP26, Protest, Cut Carbon Emissions Not Public Transport Jobs
RMT condemns BP profiteering
TRANSPORT and Maritime Union RMT today called on the UK Government to deliver guarantees for UK workers following BP's announcement of £2.5bn second quarter profits for 2021 and a dividend scheme that locks in a 4% increase from oil and gas operations,...
Region: National
Tagged with: BP, North Sea, Oil, Gas, COP26
Pandemic profiteering creams off 7p in every pound
RAIL UNION RMT today revealed that for the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Government gave the private train operators over £150m in fees for profits which the Union estimates to be equivalent to nearly 7p of every pound...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Emergency Measures Agreement, TOC's, Train Operators, Tory Government,
After ScotRail deal RMT calls for Caledonian Sleeper parity
RAIL UNION RMT today called for pay parity and justice for SERCO Caledonian Sleeper staff after a deal was secured last night for Scotrail members - proving that a similar offer for the Sleeper is entirely reasonable and affordable. Sleeper staff...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, COP26, Pay Justice, Strike, Rail Union, RMT
RMT demands that SNP lift roadblock
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the SNP lift the roadblock that they have imposed on fresh talks over the Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper disputes with the union stating again that they are ready to reopen negotiations immediately. The politicians...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail RMT pay deal
Following further discussion between ScotRail and RMT, the following agreement was reached: A one year pay deal comprising of a 2.5 per cent pay increase backdated to 01 April 2021. A payment of £300 to all staff ensuring COP26 is fully supported (separate...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail strike action during COP26 goes ahead
Delegates at RMT's AGM in Leeds have voted to reject a “revised pay offer" ‎from Scotrail and to go ahead with strike action alongside Caledonian Sleeper members throughout COP26 in a fight for pay justice for Scotland's rail workers. Representatives...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are continuing their fight for pay justice and equality today and announced further action in a long-running battle which has now been going on for eight months making it Britain's longest running industrial...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT calls for Nicola Sturgeon ScotRail intervention
Rail Union RMT has today written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP to call on her to urgently intervene in RMT ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper members’ ongoing fights for pay justice and fairness. With the prospect of industrial action...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice, COP26, SNP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
ScotRail COP26 strike action goes ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "There was a golden opportunity for Scotrail to make serious progress in talks today but instead they offered nothing of any consequence and as a result our action throughout COP26 goes ahead as planned....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice, COP26, SNP, First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon
RMT calls on London Mayor
Responding to the The London Mayors appointment as chair of C40 the network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “Harmful emissions from car congested cities are accelerating climate change and pollution,...
Region: National
Tagged with: C40 Cities, Climate Change, Green Jobs, Bus, Rail, COP26
As Southeastern passes into public ownership today, RMT reveals true cost of private sector failure
On the day on which the Southeastern franchise passes into public ownership, following the latest catastrophic private sector failure, RMT has revealed the true cost of the government’s slavish devotion to subsidising private profit. In a new report titled ‘The...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southeastern, Public Ownership
As Southeastern fails RMT calls for end to privatisation
Ahead of the weekend on which the Southeastern franchise passes into public ownership, following the latest catastrophic private sector failure, RMT has revealed the true cost of the government’s slavish devotion to subsidising private profit. In a new report titled...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Go-Ahead, Govia, Rail Privatisation
RMT strike on Stagecoach South West goes ahead
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action on Stagecoach buses in the South West goes ahead on Monday as part of the fight for pay justice for bus workers. The union has reacted angrily by attempts by Stagecoach managers...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Stagecoach South West, Bus, Pay Justice,
Massive yes vote in ScotRail pay dispute
SCOTLAND'S MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that members have voted overwhelmingly to strike in an industrial action ballot on Scotrail sparked by the on-going pay dispute. The ballot ‎recorded a yes vote for strike action of 84%. The union said...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice,
RMT confirms strike action on ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper
Rail union RMT today confirmed strike action on both Scotrail and Caledonian Sleeper during COP26 in fights for pay justice for Scotland's rail workers - staff at the sharp end of providing green transport alternatives. Scotrail staff will take the following...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Abellio, SNP, Pay Justice,
RMT on rail track electrification progress
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a scathing assessment of the Government’s record on delivering a low carbon railway as statistics released today show the UK lagging far behind our European neighbours. The UK now has just 37.9% of route kilometres electrified,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Electrification, Network Rail, COP26, Tory Government
Taxpayers’ money to fund thousands of rail redundancies
RAIL UNION RMT has today demanded that the Government intervene and withdraw a massive job cuts scheme proposed by the rail industry as it is revealed taxpayer will be funding the redundancy payments. The union has also said in a...
Region: National
Tagged with: RIRG, Voluntary Severance, Transport Focus, Redundancies, Tory Government
RMT responds to rail industry job cuts plans announced today
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This proposed job loss scheme across the rail industry has not been agreed with the RMT and we would call for it to be withdrawn ‎before serious damage is done to industrial relations at...
Region: National
Tagged with: RIRG, Rail Industry Recovery Group, Job Loss, Voluntary Severance Scheme
Bus workers strike goes ahead in the South West
BUS UNION RMT said today that a strike on Stagecoach Southwest will go ahead on Monday after rejecting a company pay offer loaded with savage cuts to conditions and benefits that would drive even more key staff out of the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Stagecoach South West, Bus Drivers, Pay Justice
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are continuing their fight for pay justice and equality today and announced further action in a long-running battle which has now been going on for well over seven months General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
Railway rolling stock fat cats paid out £1 billion
Rolling stock fatcats paid out nearly £1 billion in dividends at taxpayers’ expense last year, the RMT revealed today in a new report, the equivalent of half the £2 billion in fares paid by passengers and or 23% of the £8.3...
Region: National
Tagged with: ROSCO, Angel, Eversholt, Porterbrook, Rolling Stock, Covid-19
RMT calls on the First Minister to intervene in ScotRail dispute
On the eve of crucial ScotRail pay talks tomorrow, designed to prevent a long-standing pay dispute disrupting COP26 in Glasgow, rail union RMT has called on the First Minister to intervene to shelve ticket office closure plans and pay rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT on UK rail hub location
RAIL UNION RMT said today that ‎the location of strategic rail hubs shouldn't be subjected to some sort of lottery after Grant Shapps tweeted that the base for Great British Railways will be decided in a competition. The union has...
Region: National
Tagged with: UK Rail Hub, Grant Shapps, Great British Railways
RMT confirms strikes on Stagecoach buses
BUS UNION RMT confirmed today that it is serving notice for strike action on Stagecoach buses in the South West, East Midlands and Derbyshire/Yorkshire as part of the national fight for pay justice for bus workers. The union has reacted...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stagecoach South West, Stagecoach East Midlands, Stagecoach Yorkshire, Bus Drivers, Pay, Strike
RMT calls for Govia to be stripped of GTR franchise
RAIL UNION RMT has called on the government to strip Govia of its Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise and nationalise it after the union published research today raising further questions about the senior management of the company. Govia’s subsidiary,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Southern, Great Northern, Gatwick Express, Thameslink, DfT, Go-Ahead,
RMT calls for new ScotRail timetable plans to be scrapped
RAIL UNION RMT is today calling for proposals to reduce ScotRail services by around 300 a day, or around 100,000 a year, to be scrapped, as a survey of RMT ScotRail members revealed that an overwhelming majority of these frontline rail workers...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Cuts, SNP, COP26
RMT announces strike ballot on Scotrail over pay dispute
The union said that the schedule for the ballot would enable action to take place during COP26 if, as expected, members vote yes. Over two thousand RMT members across all grades are involved. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Today's...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice,
RMT demands full rail nationalisation
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded that the Government make urgent moves to bring the entire rail network into public ownership after it was announced this morning that the vital SouthEastern commuter service has effectively collapsed and is being ta‎ken over...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: SouthEastern, Operator of Last Resort, Nationalisation, OLR, Govia, Thameslink
RMT warns of action over driverless trains
TUBE UNION RMT warned today of a campaign of action as it emerged that the Government has placed adverts for a consultancy contract to explore the introduction of driverless trains on London Underground. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The news...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, TfL, Transport for London, Tube, Driverless Trains
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are continuing their fight for pay justice and equality today after ticket examiners joined with conductors again this week to vote overwhelmingly to continue a battle which has now been going on for...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail Ticket Examiners to take further action
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Ticket Examiners who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality will be adding further strikes after a massive 90% vote to continue their action in a reballot. Following yesterday's...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
ScotRail Ticket Examiners vote by 90% to continue pay action
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Ticket Examiners who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality have voted by a massive 90% to continue their action in a reballot. Under the recent additions to the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT slams “out of touch” Shapps
RAIL UNION RMT today accused the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP of gross insensitivity and insulting thousands of rail workers who are facing a cost-of-living crisis and job insecurity as the Conservative Government continues with their policy of a sector...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Rail Cuts
Six months to save Scotland's Railways
RAIL UNIONS and their supporters will be holding a "Six months to save Scotland's railways" protest this lunchtime. RMT, jointly with Aslef, TSSA and Unite is holding the demonstration, outside the First Minister’s official residence, Bute House, Edinburgh, commencing at...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Cuts
Scotland falls at first hurdle over ScotRail cuts
As the SNP Scottish Government prepares to debate its plans for a ‘Net Zero Nation’ rail union RMT says that its recently announced power sharing agreement with the Scottish Greens will have fallen at the first hurdle if it allows...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Service Cuts
RMT Scotrail members staying strong again
RMT Scotrail members staying strong again today in Britain's longest running dispute as unions prepare to take fight to Bute House this week. RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members are staying strong again today in Britain's longest running dispute...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT Edinburgh Rail Gourmet members solid
RAIL UNION RMT said that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley are soildly supporting a new phase of strike action today in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company escalate their abuse and bullying...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Catering, Workplace Justice
RMT Swietelsky ballot opens today
RAIL UNION RMT‎ is launching an industrial action ballot at Network Rail track renewal subcontractor Swietelsky following a derisory pay and conditions offer that amounts to a de facto pay cut for a key group of essential rail staff. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: Swietelsky, Network Rail, Pay Justice
RMT calls for action from Transport For Wales
RAIL UNION RMT has called for urgent action over a lack of toilets on the new Stadler City Link Trains due to be introduced on TFW Core Valley Lines next year. The union has raised serious concerns about the impact...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stadler Flirt, Transport for Wales, Toilets, Core Valley Lines
RMT members vote for action on Stagecoach Buses
BUS UNION RMT today announced that members in three more Stagecoach areas have voted by around nine to one for action as part of a national campaign to secure professional pay rates for professional staff, joining RMT members in Mansfield...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stagecoach, Buses, South West, Derbyshire, Pay Justice
RMT supports MP’s call to protect public-facing staff
Nearly 60% of rail, bus and ferry workers have been subjected to verbal or physical attack since the start of the Coronavirus according to the results of a new survey released today by maritime and transport union RMT.    The survey...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Workplace Violence, Olivia Blake
Merseyrail cleaners demonstration
RAIL UNION RMT announced today that Merseyrail cleaners will be demonstrating this Saturday 18th September at Liverpool Central Station from 10.30 to 12.30. The demonstration is calling for cleaning to be taken out of the hands of contractors and brought in-house. Outsourced...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice, Outsourcing, Demonstration
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 in talks over Scotrail pay dispute tomorrow
Scotland's main rail union RMT has confirmed that it will be attending pay talks with Scotrail tomorrow as the campaign continues and with the union warning again that it will have no hesitation in taking action during COP26 to secure...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT demands meeting with MSPs
RMT has today written to the 5 SNP Glasgow MSPs who waded into the Scotrail dispute, slamming their letter as ‘inaccurate’, ‘inflammatory’ and ‘insulting’, and calls on them to meet the union and help resolve the dispute. The union has also...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, SNP, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Strike, COP26
COVID conspiracy posters on rail and Tube
RAIL,TUBE AND BUS UNION RMT today called for the strongest possible action against anti-vaxers and COVID conspiracy theorists found lacing their posters with razor blades ‎in order to injure anyone trying to remove them. The anti-vaxers are known to be...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, Tube, Bus, Covid-19, Anti-vax, Posters, TfL, Transport for London
ScotRail staff rock solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members who have been engaged for over six months fight for pay justice and equality are standing rock solid again today in a week when the company chose to up their attacks on staff...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT hits back at bare-faced cheek of SNP
RAIL UNION RMT today hit back at the bare-faced cheek of the political elite in Scotland after the SNP issued a statement demanding that the union call off disputes that the SNP themselves have not lifted a finger to resolve...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice, Rail Union
Delegation of cleaners delivers pay justice petitions to Govia Thameslink Railways
‎GTR outsources its cleaning to Atalian Servest on the Southeastern franchise and to Churchill on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. As RMT research showed recently, outsourced cleaning is associated with low pay, poor conditions and job cuts, as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia Thameslink, Cleaners, Petition
As East Midlands train managers prepare to strike again this weekend the union raises yet more serious safety concerns over strike-breaking operation
The union has received reports that on 15th and 29th August, at Bingham and Bedford respectively, trains were dispatched against red signals. Serious incidents were only prevented by the actions of the train drivers in stopping the dispatch procedure.‎ The...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Midlands, Safety, Dispute
Scotrail workers standing firm again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail members who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality are standing firm again today in a week when conductors voted by a massive 80% to continue their action in...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
New ScotRail conductor strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Conductors who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality will be taking further industrial action after they voted by a massive 80% to continue their campaign in a reballot....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice
ScotRail Conductors vote by over 80% to continue action
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail Conductors who have been engaged in a six month fight for pay justice and equality have voted by a massive 80% to continue their action in a reballot. Under the recent additions to the anti...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice
Rail Gourmet strike solid again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley are soildly supporting a new phase of strike action this weekend in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company escalate their abuse and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Caterers, Workplace Justice
RMT Scotrail strikes holding firm again today as savage cuts to services are lined up
General Secretary Mick Lynch said;   "Whilst RMT members are holding firm again today in their long-running fight for pay justice and equality the company and their political masters are lining up a fresh wave of cuts that would decimate...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
East Midlands Railway dispute remains strong
RMT members rock solid in East Midlands Railways disputes as company admit strike breakers have only one days training and aren't "safety competent"    RAIL UNION‎ RMT said that it's senior conductor and train manager members remain rock solid in separate...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Conductors, Train Managers, Safety, Pay Justice,
Rail Gourmet staff to take further action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley will be going ahead with a new phase of strike action from this weekend in an on-going fight for respect and justice in the workplace as the company...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Strike, Caterers, Workplace Justice
RMT calls for halt to planned cuts
RAIL UNION RMT has called for a reversal of planned cuts across Network Rail, TFL and the train operating companies after the rail minister said today that the Government are expecting passenger numbers to return to pre-COVID levels as the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Job Cuts, Network Rail, Transport for London, TfL, TOC's, Tory Government,
RMT Scotrail members fighting on for justice
RMT Scotrail members are standing solid and united again today in their fight for workplace justice and equality as the company seek to punish their workforce for having the guts to stand up and be counted with a pay freeze....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice,
Merseyrail Mitie cleaners strike again
RMT Mitie station and accommodation cleaners on the Merseyrail Contract will be striking and demonstrating again tomorrow - Friday 13th August - in their ongoing campaign in support of pay and workplace justice. ‎ The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, Cleaners, Strike, Protest, Pay Justice
RMT responds to stark and damning IPCC climate report
TRANSPORT Union RMT today responded to a stark and damning report by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change calling on the Government to wake up to the reality we are now living in and to take urgent and stringent...
Region: National
Tagged with: COP26, IPCC, Climate Report
RMT to fight rail industry job cuts
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to fight a wholesale jobs cull across the industry that kicks off for some Network Rail managerial grades today with others set to follow. RMT's executive has committed to a campaign...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Job Cuts, Rail Industry, Voluntary Severance Scheme, Covid-19, Train Operating Companies
Scotrail members in Britain's longest running dispute
RMT Scotrail members are standing firm and battling on again today for pay justice and equality in what their union believes is now Britain's longest running industrial disputes. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "For six months now our members...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT to ballot TfW cleaners
RAIL UNION RMT has announced it will balloting Transport for Wales cleaners for action from next week over the company reneging on their commitments to bring harmonisation of workplace terms and conditions to all cleaners within the company. The ballot...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Cleaners, TfW, Terms and Conditions, Welsh Labour,
RMT to fight jobs cull across the rail industry
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to fight a wholesale jobs cull across the industry that is expected to kick off next week. RMT's executive has committed to a campaign of opposition to proposals that it says...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Train Operating Companies, Voluntary Severance Scheme, Rail Workers
RMT announces new dates in East Midlands Railway dispute
RAIL UNION RMT has announced new East Midlands Railway strike dates as action continues on Sunday in the senior conductors’ dispute. Senior conductors have voted by a huge 74% in favour of taking further strike action in the long-running dispute over...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Senior Conductors, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT slams government hypocrisy over rail Covid Heroes
RAIL UNION RMT has slammed the rank hypocrisy of Boris Johnson and his government after they lauded Avanti West Coast staff as Covid Heroes at a Downing Street reception yesterday whilst at the same time driving a pay-freeze for those...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Workers, Covid-19, Pay Freeze
Strike action goes ahead on Hull Trains on Sunday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action on Hull Trains goes ahead on Sunday 8th August in a fight to defend decent pension rights and to force the company to honour their long-standing obligations to staff. Despite talks at...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Hull Trains, Pensions, Strike
RMT Edinburgh Rail Gourmet staff to strike
RAIL UNION RMT has announced new strike dates for Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley after previous actions saw rock solid support in the fight for respect and justice in the workplace. Rail Gourmet members at Edinburgh Waverley have been...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Workplace Justice, Caterers,
RMT launches campaign to defend TfL pension scheme
Transport for London union RMT announced today that it is launching a campaign to defend the TfL pension scheme in the wake of revelations of how the company intend to process and conduct their pension fund review. Instead of a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground Limited, Pension, Review,
ScotRail strike solid once more
As RMT ScotRail members stand firm in their long running dispute for pay justice again today their union has exposed the bleak future of Scotland’s railway according to a new report circulated by Abellio ScotRail.   RMT can reveal that...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
East Midlands Railway Conductors strike solid once more
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Senior Conductor members on East Midlands Railway are standing rock solid again this morning in what is their twelth consecutive weekend of action in a fight for workplace justice over pay, conditions and contract...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Conductors, Pay Justice, Strike,
Pandemic profiteering has to stop
RAIL UNION RMT has called on the government to stop FirstGroup paying out a planned £500 million to shareholders this year, a sum it increased recently in part as a consequence of its franchise termination agreement with the government for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Pandemic Profiteering, National Rail Contracts, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
Industrial action restarts on Hull Trains
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today industrial action on Hull Trains will start again from Monday, with a wave of strike action kicking off on Sunday 8th August, in a fight to defend decent pension rights and to force the company...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Hull Trains, Pension Justice, ACAS, Strike
£9.3m in fees handed to Scottish private rail operators
RAIL UNION RMT today condemned the Scottish Government’s continued refusal to fund a pay award for ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper workers, as the union published research which found that the fees, totalling over £9.3m, paid to operators Abellio and Serco...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Government, SNP
RMT statement on accessibility measures
Commenting on the announcement of new public transport accessibility measures as part of the Government’s new National Disability Strategy, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “It is absolutely vital that the UK’s public transport networks are fully accessible for disabled...
Region: National
Tagged with: Public Transport Accessibility, Disabled Passengers, National Disability Strategy,
ScotRail Gateline Staff to take industrial action
RAIL UNION RMT announced today that ScotRail Gateline Staff are to take industrial action over pay justice for rest day working. They join with other Abellio ScotRail workers, including Conductors, Ticket Examiners and Cleaners, who are involved in separate long-running...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Gateline Staff, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
RMT statement on Seafarer Workforce Report
SEAFARER Union RMT today responded to the International Chamber of Shipping and BIMCO’s Seafarer Workforce Report 2021. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a long overdue report, which again underlines the need to re-build our seafarer workforce. We welcome...
Region: National
Tagged with: International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO, Seafarer Workplace Report 2021, Seafarers
Scotrail members fight on for pay justice
RMT Scotrail members are standing strong and fighting on again today for pay justice and equality in one of Britain's longest running industrial disputes. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "For nearly four months now our members have stood strong...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, SNP, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT demands clarification on isolation scheme
TRANSPORT UNION RMT‎ has demanded urgent clarification and discussions on the reported expansion of isolation exemptions for some transport workers, warning that the failure to brief unions on the plans risks sewing more confusion and doing more damage. General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: Isolation Exemption Scheme, Covid-19, Transport Workers, Self Isolation,
RMT on staff isolation exemptions
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT will give consideration to proposals from companies on critical workers exemptions but nobody should be under any illusions about how fraught with difficulty and potential danger any system will be to operate in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Self-Isolate, Exemption Scheme, NHS App, Test and Trace
RMT responds to Government review
RAIL UNION RMT has responded to an announcement by the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps MP to review the National Policy Statement for National Networks. The review would include all long-term plans for major rail and road schemes but the union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, National Policy Statement for National Networks, COP26
Merseyrail cleaners strike and protest tomorrow in fight for pay justice
The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters, will be outside Mitie and Merseyrail’s Liverpool Headquarters at Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF at 8am on Friday 23rd July. The cleaners voted by a massive majority for action...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT demands urgent investigation into Troon Station fire
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded an urgent investigation from the rail health and safety regulator into the risks posed by unstaffed stations following revelations that Troon station was completely unstaffed at the time of a devastating fire at the weekend....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Troon Station, Fire, Unstaffed, Chief Inspector of Railways, Ian Prosser,
Transport for Wales rail services become dangerously overcrowded
RMT has written to the Welsh Government Minister responsible for Transport for Wales, Julie James, demanding urgent action to prevent further passenger abuse and mistreatment of rail staff because of a shortage of train carriages covering holiday/ daytrip destinations. The...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Welsh Government, Covid-19, Overcrowding
RMT on Seafarer fatality on Seatruck Ferries
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “Our thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the seafarer who lost his life at work yesterday on the Clipper Pennant. “Three seafarers have now been killed on Seatruck operated vessels in...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Seatruck Ferries, Clipper Pennant, Seafarer, Rating, Liverpool
Merseyrail cleaners strike for pay justice
RMT Mitie station and accommodation cleaners on the Merseyrail Contract are taking strike action and demonstrating in support of pay justice this Friday - 23rd July. ‎ The demonstration, involving the cleaners and their supporters, will be outside Mitie and Merseyrail’s...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Mitie, Cleaners, Pay Justice
MPs and Peers backs ending the privatisation of cleaning
As lockdown restrictions ease, a cross-party coalition of more than 80 MPs and Peers has said that there is ‘a strong safety and efficiency case’ for ending the privatisation of cleaning on the National Rail network and London Underground bringing these...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cleaners are Essential, Rail, Tube, Cleaning, Outsourcing, Privatisation,
RMT calls new Serco Caledonian Sleeper‎ strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT has called a new phase of industrial action in its ongoing dispute over pay justice for Serco Caledonian Sleeper workers. The action has been called after negotiations with Serco, under the auspices of ACAS, failed with the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice, Strike
RMT response to Scottish Government decision
CALMAC Union RMT today responded to the Scottish Government's decision to permit CalMac to break collective bargaining agreements with all the recognised CalMac unions in order to time charter the Isle of Man registered MV Arrow freight ship. The vessel,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Scottish Government, Scottish Ferries
RMT on new Bus report
Commenting on the report, which found that the UK’s privatised bus system is ‘failing passengers’ and ‘undermining rights’, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This report is completely right in its assessment that privatisation and deregulation has created a bus...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus report, National Bus Strategy, Privatisation, Philip Alston
Strike action by Scotrail staff solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ action by Scotrail staff in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is being solidly supported again today‎ ‎across the network as the union accused Abellio and Transport...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice,
Edinburgh Rail Gourmet strike rock solid
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Rail Gourmet staff at Edinburgh Waverley are solidly supporting the latest round of strike action this weekend in a fight to end a culture of workplace bullying and harassment. RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Bullying, Workplace Justice
RMT responds to Rail Delivery Group
General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "The Government's botched handling of their so called "freedom day" on Monday will see hundreds of thousands of passengers unleashed on rail, tube and buses without masks or other basic COVID measures. " It's inevitable that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, App, Self Isolation, Rail Delivery group
RMT warns of threat of violence to staff
Transport union RMT warned today that staff on services will be placed at danger of abuse and assault due to the botched, confused and inconsistent messaging over face coverings. General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Whilst we welcome the approach from...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Face Coverings, Social Distancing, Public Transport
RMT warns of “fatal folly” of removing transport Covid protections
In a letter to Boris Johnson, Nicola Sturgeon and Mark Drakeford RMT has today warned of the fatal folly of removing Covid transport protections. The warning comes as governments are finalising changes to Covid-19 protections. In the letter (below) to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Public Transport, Cleaning, Face Masks, Social Distancing,
RMT slams "reckless and irresponsible gamble"
Responding to the Health Secretary’s latest announcement RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “This is a reckless and irresponsible gamble with the health of millions. “It is beyond belief that we today see a health minister and prime minister announcing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Face Masks, Social Distancing, Transport Workers,
ScotRail staff standing firm again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail conductors and ticket examiners are standing firm again today in a long running battle for pay justice and equality as gate line staff vote for action this week and cleaners prepare to join the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Gateline, Transport Scotland, Pay Justice,
RMT calls for emergency support for iconic Black Cabs
TRANSPORT UNION RMT, which organises among London’s iconic black cabs, has called for a package of emergency support from government, the Mayor and Council leaders as Department for Transport statistics showed a catastrophic 29% drop in the number of Licensed vehicles...
Region: National
Tagged with: Black Cabs, Transport for London, TfL, DfT, Department for Transport, Taxi,
RMT demands summit to resolve the crises on Scotland's Ferries
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “I am writing to repeat RMT’s demand that the Scottish Government call an urgent summit meeting to discuss the crisis engulfing lifeline ferry services in the west of Scotland. “Although there is understandable frustration...
Region: National
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government, Scottish Ferries, Graeme Dey,
RMT welcomes support from Scottish MSPs
On the eve of ACAS talks between RMT and Serco in relation to an ongoing dispute over pay justice for Caledonian Sleeper workers, the Union has welcomed support from MSPs for a Scottish Parliamentary motion which calls on the Scottish...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Pay Justice, Scottish Government
RMT condemns unsafe extension to lorry drivers’ hours
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned the Government’s unsafe extension to road haulage driver’s permitted driving hours due to a significant labour shortage of lorry drivers. Lorry drivers will be permitted to legally extend their driving hours to previously illegal levels...
Region: National
Tagged with: Road Haulage, Drivers Hours, Driver Shortage, Road Transport
Public Accounts Committee report slams government rail policy
Britain’s specialist transport union RMT said today that the need for a government rethink on rail is now urgent after a powerful Parliamentary committee warned that the government has neither the necessary urgency nor appreciates the scale of the challenge...
Region: National
Tagged with: Public Accounts Committee, Rail Network, Great British Railways, Rail Privatisation
RMT's warning over Covid-19 Bus Service Support Grant
With confirmation from the Government that the Covid-19 Bus Services Support grant will end in August 2021 and be replaced by a lower level of ‘recovery funding’ from September 2021 until April 2022, bus union RMT has warned that with passenger numbers still...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus Service Support Grant, National Bus Strategy, Bus
RMT remembers Piper ‎Alpha 33 years ago today
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch, said: “We ask that offshore employers allow all workers to take a moment today to remember the 167 offshore workers and the devastating effect that this disaster had on their families and communities, especially in north...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Piper Alpha, Offshore, Maritime Safety Week
ScotRail action rock solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that action by conductors and ticket examiners in a long running battle for pay justice and equality remains rock solid again today as the company’s cleaners prepare to join the fight on the 13th July. ScotRail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Cleaners, Pay Justice
RMT hits back at CalMac campaign of misinformation
SCOTTISH Ferries Union RMT today responded to a passenger group's claims over the factors behind Pentland Ferries withdrawal from a time charter agreement with CalMac, as the fall-out from the Scottish Government's failed ferry procurement policies continues. RMT General Secretary,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pentland Ferries,
RMT welcomes CalMac Pentalina Cataraman Charter scrapping
CALMAC UNION RMT today welcomed the news that Pentland Ferries’ catamaran Pentalina will not be introduced onto CalMac operated Clyde and Hebrides ferry routes. The union had raised serious safety concerns with the regulator, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, over...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pentland Ferries, MV Pentalina,
ScotRail Sunday action continues
As strike action by Scotrail conductors and ticket examiners is solidly supported again today, rail union ‎RMT is demanding an urgent summit with the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon after a meeting with the Transport Minister earlier this week failed to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT exposes scandal at Pentland Ferries
SCOTTISH Ferries Union RMT today commented on the results of the safety inspection carried out by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, at the RMT’s request, on the catamaran MV Pentalina which Transport Scotland is seeking to charter from anti-trade union...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, Pentland Ferries, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Transport Scotland
RMT calls on UK to learn lessons of Welsh Government
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed the news that the Welsh Government will be suspending all future road building plans and will instead be prioritising public transport and active travel to meet their statutory target of net zero emissions by 2050. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Rail, Road, COP26, Westminster, Tory Government
RMT condemns the Scottish Government’s veil of secrecy
RAIL UNION RMT is today demanding that the Scottish Government come clean over how much has been paid so far in performance and management fees to fund profits for the private rail operators of the ScotRail and Caledonian Sleeper franchises...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Scottish Government, SNP
Scotrail staff in fight for equality solidly supported
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ strike action by Scotrail staff in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is being solidly supported again today‎ after a week in which Abellio sunk to a...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
SERCO Caledonian Sleeper refuse ACAS talks
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper remains rock solid three days in as the company blocks union efforts to get ACAS talks underway to discuss ending the pay freeze they are imposing on employees....
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice
RMT welcomes cross-party ScotRail support
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed support from cross-party MSPs for a motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament calling for Pay Justice and Equality for ScotRail workers and for the Scottish Government to take action to resolve the longstanding dispute. RMT...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
Scotrail football stunt own-goal
A despicable and desperate attempt by Dutch-owned Abellio to try and turn Scottish football fans against hard working Scotrail staff fighting for pay justice, equality and fairness from their greedy private sector employers has backfired spectacularly. Late last night Abellio...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT launches bust the transport workers pay freeze campaign
SPECIALIST TRANSPORT UNION RMT has launched a campaign today to bust through a Government-led pay freeze that is being imposed on transport staff – the same workers who have kept Britain moving throughout the COVID pandemic at well-documented personal risk....
Region: National
Tagged with: Pay freeze, Transport workers, rail, rail profits
SERCO Caledonian Sleeper continue to block talks
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that the first phase of strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper has been rock solid overnight as the company continue to block and frustrate all attempts to get round the table to discuss ending the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice,
RMT agrees to participate in Rail Industry Recovery Group processes
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will continue to participate in the processes set out in a statement by the joint-industry Rail Industry Recovery Group – the group convened in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. RMT's executive has...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Industry Recovery Group, RIRG, Covid-19
RMT to strike for pay justice on Tyne and Wear Metro
Britain's specialist transport union RMT said today that it will be taking co-ordinated strike action with sister union UNITE later this month in a fight for pay justice ‎on the Tyne and Wear Metro. RMT and UNITE members will be...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Nexus, Stadler, Tyne and Wear Metro, Pay Justice,
RMT strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper goes ahead
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper goes ahead for eleven days from tomorrow, Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 26th June, as the company continue to block and frustrate all attempts to get round the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay Justice
RMT members standing firm again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that members are standing firm in strike action again today as the union called on the First Minister to end her silence and put pressure on Transport Scotland to demand that Abellio and Transport Scotland negotiate...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
Union fury as Scottish Government charter union busting ferry company
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “RMT members at CalMac are on the front line dealing with the service disruption and passenger frustration at the current problems with the fleet, indeed many of my members live in the island communities...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Pentland Ferries, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Ferry,
RMT says action going ahead in four separate disputes‎ on Scotland's railways
• This Sunday 13 June Abellio ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners will again take strike action in two separate disputes in their long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day working. • RMT members on the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Abellio, ScotRail, Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Pay Justice
RMT raises safety concerns over Calmac catamaran charter
In a letter to the Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch said: “The Pentalina has been laid up in Kirkwall since November 2020 and we are very concerned that crew and passenger safety could...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: MV Pentalina, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Ferry,
RMT strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper goes ahead
RAIL‎ UNION RMT said today that strike action on SERCO Caledonian sleeper goes ahead for eleven days from next Tuesday 15th June to Saturday 26th June in the wake of the company being caught lying to passengers about engaging with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Pay Freeze
RMT responds to creation of a single enforcement body for workers' rights
RMT General Secretary, Mick Lynch commented: “We need to see more details of the Government's proposals but we are undoubtedly seeing under payment and exploitation level down workers' rights. “Seafarers, in particular, need better enforcement to protect their jobs and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Workers Rights, Seafarers, Transport Workers, Offshore,
Action solid on Scotrail again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that the latest phase of action by conductors and ticket examiners on Scotrail is being solidly supported across Scotland again today in the long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
Next phase of strike action goes ahead on Scotrail
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the next phase of action by conductors and ticket examiners on Scotrail goes ahead as planned on Sunday in the long-running fight for pay justice for all grades on enhancements for rest day working....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT calls for end to TfL stalemate
TUBE AND TFL union RMT today called for an end to the continuing stalemate and uncertainty over a TFL funding agreement and demanded a long term package that guarantees jobs and services as London begins to emerge out of lockdown...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground, Tube, Funding, Tory Government,
RMT slams "disgraceful stitch up" TFL short-term funding deal
“This is a disgraceful stitch up of a deal and it will be resisted by our members whether it comes from Whitehall or City Hall through London wide industrial action if necessary. "It is completely unacceptable for transport workers who...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground, Tube, Funding, Tory Government
RMT confirms Serco Caledonian Sleeper strike dates
The ballot took place after the company attempted to impose a pay freeze on hardworking staff who have kept the service running throughout the Covid pandemic. The union’s National Executive Committee has now had the opportunity to consider the ballot...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Pay, Dispute,
RMT repeats call for urgent ScotRail summit
With RMT ScotRail Ticket Examiner and Conductor grades members standing firm again today in two separate disputes over pay, fairness, and equality the union has repeated the call for the Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP to hold an urgent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT warns East Midlands Railway
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said "East Midlands Railway are once again demonstrating safety for its passengers and staff are of little concern as it repeats the mistakes this Bank Holiday weekend of the St Pancras overcrowding and lack of...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, St Pancras, Covid-19
RMT demands urgent summit with the Scottish Transport Secretary
In advance of further industrial action by RMT ScotRail Ticket Examiner and Conductor grades members in two separate disputes over pay fairness and equality, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch has written to the Scottish Transport Secretary Michael Matheson MSP to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT warns of new Dark Age for London Transport
RMT warned today that the Tories will inflict a new Dark Age on London’s transport network if they impose more cuts on TfL as the price of providing a new bailout package. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “Rumours abound...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, Transport for London, Funding, Covid-19
ScotRail strike action in fight for pay equality goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that the next phase of strike action on ScotRail in disputes over pay justice for all grades goes ahead on Sunday as the union also announced the following dates for additional action for ticket examiners;...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors, Pay Justice
Massive vote for action over pay
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a ballot of members on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper returned a massive 85% vote in favour of strike action over pay. The ballot took place after the company attempted to impose a pay freeze on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Serco, Caledonian Sleeper, Pay, Strike, Rail,
RMT slams Grant Shapps “insulting and ill-informed” comments
RAIL UNION RMT slammed the Secretary of State Grant Shapps today after he used an appearance at the Transport Select Committee to put his full backing behind the pandemic profiteers while dismissing concerns about the plight of rail staff with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Rail Workers, Transport Select Committee, Rail Union, RMT
RMT calls on First Minister to end her silence on ScotRail dispute
RAIL UNION RMT said that members are standing firm in strike action again today as the union called on the First Minister to end her silence and put pressue on Transport Scotland to demand that Abellio negotite a settlement to...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT calls on Scottish political leadership to end vow of silence
RAIL UNION RMT today called upon the Scottish political leadership and their operators at Transport Scotland to end their vow of silence over the long-running disputes involving conductors and ticket examiners in a fight for equality and justice across grades...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductor, Ticket Examiner, Pay Justice
ScotRail traincare workers to strike on Monday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that ScotRail traincare workers will be striking on Monday over the company’s blatant & deliberate abuse of their dignity & respect policy. The action comes about after more than 80% of union members voted in favour...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Traincare Workers, Dignity and Respect,
Privateers make £88 million in 6 months
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that private train operating companies are looking at a future of easy guaranteed profits at taxpayers’ expense while staff face pay and job cuts, after the union published research showing that rail privateers made £88...
Region: National
Tagged with: Great British Railways, Covid-19, DfT, Department for Transport, EMA
Britain's main rail union RMT responds to Williams Report
“This is a missed opportunity by the Government to make a clean break from the failures of the past that have left Britain's railways in the slow lane. “The Government talk about ending a generation of fragmentation but then leave...
Region: National
Tagged with: Williams Report, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government,
RMT responds to latest announcements on TFL funding
"A high quality London transport network is essential for cutting pollution and rebuilding our wider economy and this continued uncertainty and reliance on short term fixes will simply hold back our economic recovery causing lasting damage. "We need the government...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, TfL, Transport for London,
RMT warns of national fight against ‎cuts at Network Rail
RAIL UNION RMT warned today of a national industrial fight across the railway network if the Williams Review - widely expected to be published this week - sets it's sights on the workforce while handing the private train companies ‎gold-plated management contracts...
Region: National
Tagged with: Williams Review, Grant Shapps, Network Rail, Rail Privatisation,
RMT calls for zero tolerance of any breach of Covid safety measures
As lockdown measures ease today and passenger numbers rise, transport union RMT has a issued warning regard to transport staff safety. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said “The Government and transport authorities must be clear to the travelling public about...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport, Lockdown,
ScotRail strike action remains solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said today's conductors and examiners strike action remains solid again this morning as Abellio stand accused of treating loyal front line staff with complete contempt rather than meeting with the union to settle the long running disputes...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
ScotRail scab managers given packed lunches
RAIL UNION RMT today accused Abellio ScotRail of trying to turn safety-critical operations on their trains into a holiday camp for scab managers as it revealed that those hired in to break the ongoing action are being treated to high-end...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
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 to ballot for action in fight for pay justice
RAIL UNION RMT has declared a dispute with Balfour Beatty and is preparing to ballot members for industrial action over its refusal to offer a fair pay award for members working on the Central Rail Systems Alliance (CRSA). The CRSA...
Region: National
Tagged with: Balfour Beatty, Central Rail Systems Alliance, CRSA, Pay Justice,
RMT launches petition demanding pay justice and equality for ScotRail workers
Sign the RMT petition HERE The Company has extended an enhanced payment rest day working agreement for one grade of workers, drivers, until October 2021, but has refused to negotiate an equivalent payment for other grades. RMT ScotRail Conductor and Ticket...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT ScotRail strike action solid again today
RAIL UNION RMT said today's conductors and examiners strike action remains rock solid again this morning as Abellio stand accused of playing fast and loose with safety on their trains rather than meeting with the union to settle the long...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice,
RMT accuses Abellio of playing fast and loose with safety
RAIL UNION RMT today accused ‎Abellio of playing fast and loose with safety on their trains as conductors and examiners prepare for the next day of strike action on Sunday in a long running fight for equality and justice over...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Abellio, ScotRail, Conductors, Ticket Examiners, Pay Justice
RMT demands top level meeting over Irish Ferries threat to jobs in Dover
Irish Ferries currently operate roll-on roll-off ferry services between Dublin and Holyhead and Rosslare and Pembroke with predominantly eastern European resident crew recruited by Matrix Ship Management of Cyprus. Hundreds of Ratings in Dover were made redundant in the middle...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Irish Ferries, Port of Dover, Calais, Ferries
RMT raises concerns over HSE response
RMT today responded with concern to the Health and Safety Executive’s response to a serious safety incident in the offshore decommissioning sector. In 2020, a video was circulated of an accident that occurred during decommissioning work carried out by the contractor,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Buchan Alpha, Shetland, Oil Rig, OILC, Ocean Kinetics
Ticket examiners join Conductors in ScotRail pay justice fight
RAIL UNION RMT said today that strike action involving ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners in two separate disputes over the same issue of equality between grades in payments for rest day working is being solidly supported right across the franchise....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Pay Justice, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, Conductors
Ticket examiners join ScotRail conductors in strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that strike action involving ScotRail conductors and ticket examiners in two separate disputes over the same issue of equality between grades in payments for rest day working goes ahead on Sunday as planned. The union...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Transport Scotland, Conductors, Ticket Examiners,
Government policy on green freight transport not fit for purpose
Following the publication of the new Government figures to boost freight support transport union RMT today said the Government policy to increase green freight transport in advance of COP26 was not fit for purpose. Official Government statistics show that the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Green Freight, COP26, DfT, Tory Government
RMT marks Workers’ Memorial Day
On Workers’ Memorial Day RMT remembers the fifth anniversary tomorrow of the helicopter disaster over Norway that cost thirteen offshore workers their lives. RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash, said: “As part of this year’s International Workers’ Memorial Day, RMT remember...
Region: National
Tagged with: Super Puma, International Workers Memorial Day, IWMD, Helicopter, Offshore Energy
RMT condemns outsourcing company Mitie
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded the withdrawal of an app that giant outsourcing outfit Mitie are attempting to force on staff which would track their movements. RMT has condemned the move as the introduction of Big Brother into the workplace...
Region: National
Tagged with: Mitie, Phone App, Cleaners, Security
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,
Fifth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ a fifth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is holding firm again today as Abellio bosses block talks and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Workplace Justice, Ticket Examiners,
RMT launches 'No Cuts at Network Rail' campaign
RMT today launched the next phase of the campaign to stop Network Rail plans that would result in thousands of job losses by this September and a wholescale dilution of safety standards, including a halving the frequency of safety critical...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Railway, Maintenance, Pay Freeze, Jobs, Safety
Fourth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ a fourth day of strike action by Scotrail conductors in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is rock solid again today as cynical Abellio bosses line their...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
RMT analysis reveals it's one rule for the bosses another for the frontline workers at Abellio Scotrail
The Company’s latest accounts, published this week, show that in the year to 31 March 2020, the company posted a loss of £56m, but the highest paid director received total remuneration of £216,000, an eyewatering increase of over 35% from the previous year....
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Pay, Strike Action
Third day of strike action by ScotRail conductors
RAIL UNION RMT said that‎ a third day of strike action by ScotRail conductors in a fight for equality and workplace justice over enhanced payments for rest day working is being solidly supported again today‎. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
Third day of RMT ScotRail action
RAIL UNION RMT ‎said today that a third day of strike action in a fight for pay justice for ScotRail conductors goes ahead on Sunday as the company continues to refuse point blank to engage in talks aimed at addressing...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
RMT to hold demonstration in Southampton
BUS UNION RMT will be holding a demonstration over the victimisation of Southampton bus branch secretary Declan Clune who has been dismissed for reporting concerns to Network Rail around a bridge being struck by vehicles. The protest will take place...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Bluestar Buses, Declan Clune, Southampton, Buses, Bus Driver
London Labour politicians support bringing Tube cleaners back in-house
In the week that London Mayor Sadiq Khan made a firm manifesto commitment to explore bringing the London Underground’s multi – million-pound cleaning contract in house, a new poll of London Labour councillors has found overwhelming support to end the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, Cleaners, Justice for Tube Cleaners, Sadiq Khan, Labour Party, Covid-19
RMT demands to meet Dover MP over threat to local jobs
In the letter RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says: "I write to seek an urgent meeting with you following Irish Ferries’ announcement that it is planning to begin operating passenger ferries on the Dover-Calais route. "As you may be aware,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Irish Ferries, Port of Dover, Natalie Elphicke, Dover, Calais, Ferries
ScotRail ticket examiners vote yes for action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that ticket examiners on Abellio ScotRail have voted overwhelmingly for action in a dispute around equality and justice ‎over enhanced payments for rest day working. The vote means that the ticket examiners now join their...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Ticket Examiners, conductors, Workplace Justice,
RMT move to ballot members over strike action at Stena Line
A company sick pay scheme, agreed with the recognised trade unions, was in place for seafarers and port workers in Stena Line until the start of the pandemic when the employer unilaterally scrapped it, forcing staff infected with or displaying...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stena Line, Sick Pay, Covid-19, Seafarers, Port Workers,
RMT 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
RMT says Scotrail strike action one hundred per cent rock solid
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a first phase of industrial action by ScotRail conductors is rock solid this morning in a fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Conductors, Abellio, Workplace Justice
Shocking rise in hate crimes toward disabled people on the rail network
The shocking rising level of hate crime toward disabled people travelling on Britain’s railways is a wake-up call to the industry to stop the cost-cutting that has emptied staff from trains and stations said RMT General Secretary Mick Cash today....
Region: National
Tagged with: Disabled Passengers, Hate Crime, Railway, Department for Transport, Access For All, DPAC, DfT
RMT statement on Irish Ferries
Maritime Union RMT has raised serious concerns over today's announcement that Irish Ferries will commence a service on the Dover – Calais route. Irish Ferries is a well known operator with a proven reputation for exploiting overseas Seafarers. RMT has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Irish Ferries, Dover, Calais, DFDS, P&O Ferries,
RMT ScotRail action goes ahead from Sunday
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that planned industrial action by ScotRail conductors will go ahead from this Sunday in a fight for equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working. The union is appalled that the company are...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Conductors, Guards, Pay Justice
Shrewsbury pickets’ victory
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has welcomed today's victory for the Shrewsbury 24 as a victory for working people the length and breadth of Britain which has only been achieved by the sheer resilience and determination of the pickets who refused to stop...
Region: National
Tagged with: Shrewsbury 24, Shrewsbury Pickets, Labour Movement, Trade Unions
RMT members to take industrial action at Unipart Rail Doncaster
Unipart Rail’s Doncaster warehouse supplies parts to the rail industry. With effect from 00:01 hours on Friday 2nd April 2021, until further notice, RMT members working at Unipart Rail Doncaster are instructed:- Not to work any non-contractual overtime Not to work on...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Unipart Rail, Pay, Conditions, Rail
RMT blasts latest government drip-feed deal
Transport union RMT today slammed the government for imposing yet another short-term funding deal on Transport for London which continues to make vital support for public transport conditional on more damaging austerity attacks on workers. The latest deal lasts until...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Grant Shapps, Tube, LUL, London Underground
RMT set for nationwide rail dispute
RMT today declared it was moving to a “national dispute” footing with Network Rail after it revealed the Government controlled company is planning for thousands of job losses by this September and a wholescale dilution of safety standards, including a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Covid-19, Maintenance, Rail Strike, Grant Shapps, DfT,
RMT warning over new Government proposals
Carilllion union RMT warned today that proposed measures to tighten up the audit, dividend and bonus culture after the devastating collapse of a number of household names, with dire consequences for the workforce, may not be enough to reign in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Carillion, Covid-19, Bandit Capitalism, Jobs, Pay, Pensions
RMT welcomes Scottish Government’s ScotRail announcement
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that ScotRail services will be run in the public sector, via the Operator of Last Resort, from March 2022 when the current Abellio franchise expires. We have...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, SNP, Scottish Government, Abellio, Operator of Last Resort, Scotland, Rail
RMT calls on the Scottish Government to stop the excuses
Ahead of a statement in the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday at which the Scottish Government is expected to set out its plans for the ScotRail franchise when the Abellio contract ends in March 2022, Rail Union RMT is reiterating its calls...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, SNP, Scottish Government, Covid-19
RMT demands end to CalMac pandemic pay betrayal
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT today wrote to the Minister for Islands, Energy and Connectivity, Paul Wheelhouse MSP demanding that he meet the union to correct a pay injustice for key workers at public sector ferry company CalMac. RMT is in...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Pay Dispute, Ferries,
RMT responds to Go-Ahead Group profits
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It's beyond belief that despite the pandemic these private train companies are still extracting fat profits and dividends out of the rail‎ network while staff at the front line are confronted with threats of a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, Southern, Southeastern, Gatwick Express, Covid-19,
Government must use powers to prevent Go-Ahead paying dividend
As rail giant GO-AHEAD has announced its intention to pay a dividend, RMT is writing to the government to say it should use its powers to prevent such pandemic profiteering. In a statement today the company said, “The Board continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, GTR, Govia, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink, Covid-19
RMT welcomes London Travelwatch report
TRANSPORT UNION RMT welcomed the publication of London Travelwatch’s report into the future of public transport in the capital but warned that without a change of approach from Government toward TfL it will go nowhere. The union pointed to recommendations...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Travelwatch, Transport for London, TfL,
RMT responds to freeport and offshore measures in budget
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “The furlough extension is welcome but if taxpayer investment is to create good quality seafarer, port and offshore energy jobs in a green recovery, then regulation of the supply chain, trade union recognition and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore, Seafarer, Energy, Freeport, Maritime, Budget, Rishi Sunak,
RMT welcomes committee's recovery plan call
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed a report from the Welsh Parliament’s Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee which called for the Welsh Government to publish a plan that can rebuild public transport. The report, which took both written and oral evidence...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Welsh Parliament, Economy Infrastructure and Skills Committee, Transport for Wales
RMT responds to Isle of Man lockdown
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “Whilst we support the Manx Government’s move, it is important to remember that Isle of Man Steam Packet workers have kept the island’s people, health services and businesses supplied with food, medical equipment and...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Covid-19, Isle of Man, Steam Packet, Ferries
RMT protest at Lewisham rail station this morning
RAIL UNION RMT is holding a protest outside Lewisham rail station this morning demanding urgent action in the wake of a surge of COVID-related assaults on staff. Lewisham March 2, 2021 In one incident alone last month a member of staff was...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Lewisham, Assaults, Southeastern, BTP
RMT research reveals COVID corporate cash grab scandal
As the Government increases passenger rail fares by 2.6% today, new research by RMT reveals that the private train operating and rolling stock companies’ profits from last year stand to be equivalent to 15 pence of every pound passengers paid on fares...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, TOC's, Train Operating Companies, ROSCO's, Rolling Stock Companies, EMA, Emergency Measures Agreement, ERMA, Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement, DfT, Privatisation, Tory Government
RMT renews demands for all rail services to be renationalised
RAIL UNION RMT today renewed its demands for all rail services to be taken into public ownership after the public owned Operator of Last Resort (OLR) was given a 5 year extension to its running of Northern. On the same day...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern Trains, Northern, Operator of Last Resort, OLR, Rail Fares, Covid-19, DfT, Rail Nationalisation
RMT on Government's Williams Review
The government’s long delayed rail review, set to be highlighted by Keith Williams today, is all about saving rail privatisation rather than saving the railways RMT has warned. Media reports have indicated that Williams has submitted proposals to the Treasury...
Region: National
Tagged with: William Review, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government, Grant Shapps, Keith Williams
RMT warns of jobs, pay and pensions carve up
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the Department for Transport is gearing up for an all-out assault on jobs, pay and pensions as it has emerged that it is advertising for a paid-up union buster to take on the workforce....
Region: National
Tagged with: Department for Transport, DfT, Covid-19, Jobs, Pay, Pensions, Transport workers are Essential workers
RMT demand Government action to stop shipowner exploitation of seafarers
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said; “The shipping industry says it is seeking a level commercial playing field but today’s figures again show that UK seafarers continue to face unfair competition from low cost labour. We must end shipowners’ use...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Shipping, P&O Ferries, DFDS, Stena Line, Condor Ferries, RFA, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Ratings
RMT demands that Government crack on with rail nationalisation
RAIL UNION ‎RMT today demanded that the Government take immediate action to return Britain's failing rail franchises to public ownership as it emerged that preparations have been ramped up in the past week to pave the way for the Operator...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Nationalisation, Operator of Last Resort, OLR, SWR, South Western Railway, C2C, Cross Country, GWR, Great Western Railway
RMT says no more excuses – bring Scotrail into public ownership
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “There is no excuse at all for the SNP to drag their heels over bringing Scotland's railways into public ownership. Wasting time and money on consultations is just a smokescreen for their inaction. “Rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, ScotRail, SNP, Nationalisation
RMT issues new warning of a cocktail of dangers for bus driver safety
BUS UNION RMT has issued a new warning over bus driver safety as the Government confirms mass opening of schools on 8 March. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members who have direct experience of the way the return to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Bus, Bus Driver, DfT, Department for Transport, Grant Shapps
RMT demands suspension of on-train ticketing duties
RAIL UNION RMT is today demanding that the Government immediately suspends on-train revenue protection and ticket inspection across all Train Operating Companies, after a survey of RMT on-board staff indicates that 7 out of 17 Train Operating Companies (TOCs) operating through national...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Train Operating Companies, TOCs, On-Train Ticketing, Rail
RMT on Environmental Audit Committee’s report
Commenting on the Environmental Audit Committee’s report ‘Growing Back Better’, published today, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Committee has rightly recognised the vital role that the UK’s public transport network has in our economic recovery from Covid-19 and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Environmental Audit Committee, Growing Back Better, Public Transport, Bus, Rail, Taxi, Shipping, Ferry,
RMT calls for escalation of priority and protection for transport workers
With the news at the weekend that the initial phase of the COVID vaccination programme has hit its targets RMT called this morning for an escalation in priority for transport staff and other essential workers to ensure that those groups...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport workers, Covid vaccine, Rail, Bus, Taxi, Shipping, Transport,
Scottish Government set to reward ScotRail failure
RAIL UNION RMT today expressed its concern that the Scottish Government’s proposed revised ‘Franchising Policy Statement’ is laying the groundwork to give Dutch state-owned Abellio a direct award when the franchise ends next year, despite its well documented poor performance,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Scottish Government, SNP, Scotland, Railway
RMT statement on the Government’s build back better with apprentices announcement
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Instead of listening to the lobbying of crewing agents represented on the Maritime Skills Commission, the Government needs to institute a mass programme of Rating recruitment, using the apprenticeship standards for deck, engine and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Maritime Skills Commission, Ratings, Seafarers, Apprentices, Shipping, Offshore,
Save Eurostar campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a formal campaign to SAVE EUROSTAR as fear grows that a political stand off at national government level risks leaving the future of the vital green link to the continent ‎under threat as the service...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Emergency Funding
RMT welcomes Welsh Government rail decision
Commenting on the announcement that the Welsh government is taking the Wales and Borders rail franchise into public ownership, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This is a welcome and timely development and RMT will continue to make sure that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, TfW, Welsh Government, Welsh Railway
RMT demands clarity over South African variant on TFL and Merseyrail
TRANSPORT UNION RMT confirmed today that it has written to the Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, demanding action after the union revealed that both TfL and Merseyrail are instructing staff in the postcodes impacted by the South African variant of COVID-19...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, South African Variant, Grant Shapps, Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Merseyrail
RMT on Labour call for Transport worker Covid safety forum
Commenting on Labour’s call for the Government to convene a transport worker Covid-19 safety forum with unions and operators, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes Labour’s demands for the Government to convene a transport industry forum with unions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Worker, Safety Forum, Labour,
RMT blasts TfL over South African variant
RMT has written to TfL Commissioner Andy Byford condemning its guidance that workers in postcodes being targeted for surge testing aimed at bringing the South African variant of Covid19 to heel, should come into work as normal. Last night the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: TfL, Transport for London, Covid-19, London Underground, Tube
Transport Workers are Essential Workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that it will be launching a fresh wave of campaigning under the banner TRANSPORT WORKERS ARE ESSENTIAL WORKERS as threats of pay freezes and possible attacks on jobs and conditions emerged in Government briefings over...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport Workers are Essential Workers, Covid-19, Transport Staff, Job Cuts, Pay Freeze
RMT on rail improvement announcement for the North
Commenting on the announcement that rail improvement works will be carried out in the North of England this summer as part of the Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT welcomes the announcement that rail improvement...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transpennine Route Upgrade, North of England, Transport for the North, TfN, Rail Improvement,
RMT Government call over Tyne and Wear Metro
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to step in and approve funds that will provide long-term stability to the struggling Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro, which carried 36 million passenger trips in 2018/19 and serves...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Tyne and Wear Metro, Grant Shapps, Nexus, Covid-19, Tory Government
RMT warns of “complacent and callous” approach
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has today warned that a complacent and callous approach to the increased threat from COVID-19 is leading to a surge in deaths and illness of transport workers. The union says feedback it has received reveal the number...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Workers, Transport Workers, Grant Shapps
RMT ramps up political pressure on Scotland’s MSP’s
SCOTTISH FERRIES UNION RMT has told Scotland’s MSPs today that it intends to make the ongoing pay dispute at CalMac Ferries a major political issue in the forthcoming elections in May. The union believes that the company, which provides a...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government, Ferries, Pay
RMT adverse weather warning
As storm Christoph batters the county RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has today written an urgent letter to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, expressing concern that the railway does not have sufficient resilience to adverse weather conditions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Storm Christoph, Rail, Railway, Network Rail, Adverse Weather
RMT pays tribute to army of workers
RAIL UNION RMT has paid tribute to the army of workers who have battled to keep services running overnight in appalling conditions and has repeated the call for the Government to ensure that the transport workforce are clearly identified as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Key Workers, Storm Christoph, Rail, Railway
RMT calls for urgent action to prevent Eurostar collapse
It is reported today that insiders are warning that the operation could run out of cash as early as the spring as passenger numbers have plunged by 95% as as result of the pandemic with worse to come as Britain closes...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Open-Access Rail Operators, Collapse
RMT calls for lifetime bans for bandit capitalists
RAIL UNION RMT today called for lifetime bans for the bandit capitalists at the helm of one of Britain's biggest outsourcing outfits on the third anniversary of the Carillion collapse which cost the taxpayer £150 million and over three thousand...
Region: National
Tagged with: Carillion, Outsourcing, Public Sector, Railway
RMT statement on TFL Financial Sustainability Plan
“This Financial Sustainability Plan is a massive missed opportunity and a capitulation to Tory austerity. TfL could have used this moment to aggressively make the case for setting its funding on a completely new basis, recognising the failure of fare...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Financial Sustainability Plan, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Covid-19, London Transport
RMT members to strike at rail infrastructure firm
RMT members working at Clarke Chapman Facilities Management will be taking strike action and action short of a strike following a ballot after the company refused to table a pay award. Clarke Chapman is infrastructure maintenance and renewals company that...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Clarke Chapman, Ontrack, Rail Infrastructure, Strike, Pay Award,
RMT calls for Grant Shapps to intervene in Hitachi dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP immediately intervenes to protect rail workers jobs and taxpayer’s money as Hitachi Rail UK Ltd plans to sack 64 rail workers working on the publicly owned London North Eastern Rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Hitachi, LNER, Grant Shapps, London North Eastern Rail, Bounds Green, Craigentinny,
RMT on confirmation of COVID rail route and capacity cuts
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is vital that we keep services running to transport essential workers whilst maintaining the safest possible practices to protect both staff and passengers in light of the serious threat posed by the virulent new...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Delivery Group, Rail Routes, Network Rail
RMT demands full disclosure of TFL Financial Sustainability Plan
As part of the deal made at the end of last year, Sadiq Khan agreed to submit to the DfT proposals for returning the body to ‘financial sustainability’ following the devastation of its finances by the Covid-19 pandemic. This plan...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Financial Sustainability Plan, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, Covid-19, London Transport
RMT demands end to "fire and re-hire" in UK offshore wind industry
Vattenfall operate three offshore wind farms on the UK Continental Shelf and have development plans for new and extended wind farms which would add over 3.6GW generating capacity by 2030. Vattenfall’s UK subsidiaries are ultimately 100% owned by the Swedish Government. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore Wind Power, Vattenfall UK, Offshore Wind Energy Council, Fire and Re-Hire
RMT demands urgent action to protect TfL workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT is demanding immediate action by Transport for London amid the surge in London’s cases of Covid infection and the rise of new variant Covid and the deaths of at least three TfL workers in recent days. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, TfL, Transport for London, London Underground, Tube, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
RMT announces dispute with Stena Line over pandemic sick pay
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT members on Stena Line ferries and ports are among the key workers who will once again be straining every sinew to keep our maritime supply lines running as the resurgent Coronavirus threatens our...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Stena Line, Covid-19, Sick Pay, Dispute, Ferries
RMT slams company for failing to take new variant of COVID seriously
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to management on East Midlands Railway demanding that they stop ignoring the science, start taking the threat to lives posed by the new variant of COVID-19 seriously and take immediate action to review and rewrite...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Covid-19, Safe-Stop, EMR, Abellio
RMT responds to speculation over rail capacity issues
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said; “There is a meeting of the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum on Thursday and I will be expecting a full report on capacity and staffing plans in light of the move back into lockdown. We...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Lockdown, Rail Capacity, Rail Industry
New year message to RMT members
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "No one could have predicted at the start of 2020 that we would experience a year like the one we are now closing the book on. "Transport workers have found themselves right in the front...
Region: National
Tagged with: New Year Message, Mick Cash, RMT, Members, Covid-19, Transport Union
RMT set to declare dispute on East Midlands Railway over safety
RAIL UNION RMT’s national executive will be meeting today with a recommendation to declare a dispute on East Midlands Railway over the company’s refusal to implement the most basic safety measures. The union has been inundated with complaints by furious...
Region: National
Tagged with: East Midlands, Safety, Dispute
RMT calls for travel refunds on open-access services
RAIL UNION RMT is today seeking urgent confirmation that the Government will fund Christmas travel refunds on open-access operators’ Hull Trains and Grand Central services, following the recent change in Covid-19 regulations. The Government has said it will ‘provide cash...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Open-Access Rail, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Travel Refund, Covid-19
RMT on impact on transport of latest Government COVID-19 measures
"The scenes of overcrowding and chaos on rail services last night were a disgrace and must not be repeated. They reflect the shambolic approach of the Government that has been a hallmark of their management of the COVID pande‎mic. Our...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tier 4, Transport, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Tory Government
RMT demands urgent action over botched COVID deep-clean on GWR
GWR has already been hit by surging COVID rates amongst staff that had led to an amended timetable. The deep-clean was supposed to be part of the remedy to on-going issues but reports from the mess rooms by RMT members...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Great Western Railway, GWR, Covid-19, Deep-Clean, Safe Stop Request
Coalition call for public ownership of Scotland’s railway
A coalition of organisations and MSPs have today joined together to write to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to call for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership from January 2021, when the Scotrail and Caledonian...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Abellio, SNP, Covid-19, Scotland
RMT on news that Scottish Government to consult on future of rail franchising
“It’s no coincidence that on the same day that a coalition of organisations and MSPs have called for the Scottish Government to take Scotland’s rail passenger services into public ownership, it has announced that it is reviewing its franchising policy....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Abellio, SNP, Covid-19, Scotland
RMT respond to Tonnage Tax reform reports
RMT research shows that shipowners in the Tonnage Tax scheme have already benefited from subsidies worth £2.165bn since the scheme was introduced in the early 2000s. The number of UK Ratings employed on vessels in the scheme has flatlined and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tonnage Tax, Shipping, Ratings
RMT to begin balloting for action at Wightlink
WIGHTLINK UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun balloting over 400 ferry workers for both strike action and action short of a strike after negotiations failed to produce an offer on pensions and terms and conditions that meets the very...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Wightlink, Pensions, Industrial Action, Strike, Ferry,
RMT calls for an end for modern slavery in the offshore supply sector
The vessel, owned by Global Offshore Services (GOS), was released from the port of Aberdeen on 30 October having been detained by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency for breaches of the Maritime Labour Convention, including non-payment of crew wages. The Dutch...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore Supply Vessel, Ben Nevis, Global Offshore Services,
RMT raise concern over P&O’s plans for the Pride of York out of Hull
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The Pride of York and its crew kept freight, passengers and cars moving between Hull and the Low Countries for nearly thirty years, including during the pandemic when the taxpayer kept the critical route...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Pride of York, P&O Ferries, Hull, Seafarers, Ferries
RMT response to Scottish Parliament Committee Report into ferries contracts
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash, said; “It’s pretty clear from this report that the Scottish Government rushed these contracts because it had fallen behind in delivering its Ferries Plan. That political haste wasted millions in public funds and means that...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, Scottish Ferries, Scottish Government, SNP, Ferguson Marine,
RMT suspends latest Alstom strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has suspended the latest phase of strike action on Alstom West Coast and Chester engineering due to start tonight to allow for an escalation of the battle against a pay freeze and to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Alstom West Coast, Alstom Chester, Pay Justice, Strike
RMT demands reversal of £1 billion rail budget cuts
RMT’s demand comes after an admission by the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris that the new budget would be £1 billion less than the £10.4 billion previously pledged for the five year Control Period 6 from 2019 to 2024 following the Chancellor’s Spending Review...
Region: National
Tagged with: Spending Review, Rail Budget Cuts, Tory Government, Rail Network,
RMT welcomes relaunch ‎of open-access rail operators
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed the relaunch of Hull Trains and some Grand Central Services today and has called for the same level of support for open access providers that franchise companies have benefited from to provide stability and end...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grand Central, Hull Trains, Open-Access Rail Operators
RMT responds to Government loan to fund Crossrail
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to reports that the Government had loaned Transport for London £850 million to complete the Crossrail project, following negotiations, by calling for London’s Transport and its vital infrastructure projects to be put on a stable...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Crossrail, Transport for London, TfL, Grant Shapps
RMT calls for robust enforcement of COVID rules on buses
The union is also contacting its parliamentary group about contract buses having different loading levels to service buses - surely science determines what’s safe rather than whether it’s a contract bus (like many school buses) or a service bus. Concerns are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, British Transport Police, BTP, Association of Chief Police Officers, Face Masks, Masks, Bus, Buses
RMT calls for urgent meeting with Sir Peter Hendy
RAIL UNION RMT today called for urgent talks with Sir Peter Hendy who has been put in charge of Christmas transport arrangements to discuss a range of operational and safety issues which are critical to delivering services safe for passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Christmas, Railway, Passenger Numbers
RMT responds to rail regulator’s report on financial impact of the pandemic
“These figures show that it is absolutely vital that the taxpayer and fare payer gets value for money from the railway. “Unfortunately, privatisation means that the profiteering from the private train and rolling stock alone is costing the industry at...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Regulator, Financial Impact, Rail Privatisation
RMT responds to DfT statement on Beeching rail links and forgotten stations
“Supporting new railway lines is always welcome but suggesting this will somehow reverse Beeching cuts is pure spin. “There is no definite decision, funding or timetable to open new lines and instead of a national direction to begin railway reopenings...
Region: National
Tagged with: DfT, Department for Transport, Beeching, Railway Reopening, Better Transport,
RMT calls for urgent support for Eurostar
RAIL UNION RMT ‎has called for urgent Government financial support for the crucial Eurostar link to the continent, warning that a failure to act threatens the future of the service and the thousands of jobs that it supports. In a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Tory Government, Financial Support
RMT responds to Chancellor's economic statement
“It is shameful that the government is employing a policy of divide and rule of private and public key workers, all of who have risked their lives during the pandemic. "RMT will have no hesitation in taking strike action to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Chancellor's economic statement, public workers, key workers, transport union
RMT pledges co-ordinated campaign to defend pay
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that it will mount a co-ordinated campaign to defend wages and to protect the low paid as it was reported that the Government is planning to renege on commitments on the living wage. General Secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: Living Wage, Covid-19, Transport, Rail, Industrial Action, TUC
RMT on expected transport surge in Christmas window
"RMT supports the railway in playing its role in ensuring that people can see their loved ones this Christmas and I will be seeking urgent discussions with all the train companies and Government to ensure that this is carefully and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway, Transport, Christmas, Covid-19
RMT on Crossrail speculation
Responding to reports that the Capital's Crossrail line could be mothballed without immediate funding transport union RMT today called on the Government to stop using TFL as a political football. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "What's happening between the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Crossrail, Transport for London, TfL, Covid-19, Funding
Scottish Government paying fee to Dutch state railways
As thousands of RMT ScotRail workers are being balloted for strike action an internal memo sent by rail bosses to their staff has revealed the Scottish Government is blocking pay negotiations. The memo to staff dated 16th November sent by...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Pay Claim, Ballot, Abellio, Scottish Government, SNP,
RMT response to PM's ten-point plan for a green industrial revolution
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Public transport and offshore workers, who are key to a just transition to net zero carbon, need more detail on how they fit into an economy where endless promises of industrial electricity and hydrogen...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore, Wind, Energy, Rail Freight, Public Transport, Covid-19
RMT ramps up pressure on CalMac
Calmac union RMT has today ramped up the pressure on the company to enter ACAS talks over the current pay dispute‎ and to get serious about reaching a negotiated settlement that properly recognises and rewards the staff operating the lifeline...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Covid-19, Ferries, Scotland
RMT demands withdrawal of patronising GWR Hi Vis cleaning vests
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded the withdrawal of Hi Vis vests issued to Great Western Railway cleaners employed by Servest emblazoned with the words "GWR Cleaning Heroes" which the union says are both patronising and hypocritical as they imply that...
Region: National
Tagged with: GWR, Great Western Railway, Hi Vis Vests, PPE, Cleaners
RMT to begin balloting for action in Scotrail pay fight
The union has been trying to secure a pay rise for 2020 for all Scotrail workers while the company have been pleading poverty and claims it is bound by the extension of Emergency Measures Agreements until January 2021. Meanwhile, the company has...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Pay Claim, Ballot,
RMT response to historic findings of World Maritime University (WMU)
  RMT General Secretary Mick Cash, said: “RMT welcome the WMU’s ground breaking report. We have long raised our concerns over the tick box exercise on hours of work and manning levels which is especially common on Flag of Convenience...
Region: National
Tagged with: World Maritime University, Shipping
RMT research reveals extent of Scottish rail companies Covid profiteering
RAIL UNION RMT has released new research that shows private Train Operating Companies and Rolling Stock Companies in Scotland are set to be handed in the region of £28 million in profit, under the ongoing Emergency Measures Agreements, which is...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Abellio, SNP, Scottish government, Caledonian Sleeper, Serco,
RMT on Trump Turnberry workforce
TRUMP TURNBERRY UNION RMT said today that‎ now that Donald Trump has lost his job as US President he should turn his attention to stopping the attacks on his Turnberry workforce who face a barrage of threats to jobs and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Trump Turnberry, Covid-19, Job Cuts
RMT blames political interference as CalMac pay talks collapse
CalMac union RMT announced today that it is preparing for an industrial action ballot after crucial pay talks collapsed with the union pointing the finger at direct interference from the Scottish Government which scuppered potential progress towards a settlement. Following...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: CalMac, Caledonian MacBrayne, SNP, Covid-19, Ferries, Scotland,
RMT petition demands Transport Scotland takes action over worker fatigue on the Serco Caledonian Sleeper
For months, RMT has been seeking to reach a fair and reasonable resolution which addresses the main causes of staff fatigue, but Serco has continually refused to take action and rejected the union’s reasonable proposals. Since March, Serco Caledonian Sleeper...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, Serco, Transport Scotland, Staff Fatigue
RMT calls for guaranteed Government support for Northern transport
RAIL UNION RMT today called for guaranteed long term Government support for Britain's open access rail services after it was confirmed that both Grand Central and Hull trains will be suspending all services from later this week in response to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grand Central, Hull Trains, Open Access, Covid-19,
RMT to ballot over job cuts at LU depot canteens
The move will put an end to over 100 years of on site home-style cooked canteen food for transport workers which will be replaced with reheated frozen microwave meals. The proposals are part of a restructuring plan by Sodexo and will...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, LU, Tube, Canteen, Depots, Job Cuts, Sodexo
Coalition of Londoners calls for an end to ‘appalling attack’ on the Capital’s transport
The letter, signed by 13 organisations representing London’s transport workers, passenger groups, children, young people, students, pensioners, disabled people and anti-poverty campaigners, condemns the government for imposing what is in effect ‘a new round of austerity cuts that will throw more...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transpot for London, TfL, Public Transport, Staffing, Funding
RMT condemns disgusting Halloween nightmare jobs assault on over eighty staff at Liverpool's world-famous Adelphi Hotel
RMT has called for an investigation into possible abuse of the furlough scheme as it said that the hotels owners stand accused of using the job retention package with no intention of keeping the staff financially afloat when it ends. ...
Region: National
Tagged with: Adelphi, Liverpool
RMT on politically motivated attacks on TfL
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has revealed today that Londoners face a bleak future in which the capital’s transport network will be starved of money if the government gets its way. The union’s research exposes the double standards at the heart of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Train Operating Companies, TOCs, Funding, Tory Government
RMT on reports of Solent tanker hijacking
MARITIME UNION RMT today responded to reports of stowaways aboard the Liberian registered oil tanker Nave Andromeda which was scheduled to call at Southampton this morning attempting to take control of the vessel in the English Channel. Mick Cash, General...
Region: National
Tagged with: Nava Andromeda, Southampton, Maritime,
RMT welcomes Welsh Government decision
Wales’s largest rail union RMT today welcomed the announcement by the Welsh Government that it is to take Transport for Wales rail services into public ownership next year. The Welsh government have made the announcement as a result of their...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Transport for Wales, Welsh Government, Covid-19, KeolisAmey,
No more excuses for Scottish Government
RAIL UNION RMT says that the announcement by the Welsh Labour government today that it is to take rail passenger services into public ownership means that there should now be no more excuses for the Scottish Government not to take...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, SNP, Scottish government, Caledonian Sleeper, SERCO
RMT demands Government take action to protect jobs
RAIL UNION RMT is calling on the Government to step up and protect jobs and services at Hull Trains and Grand Central after more than 5000 people signed a petition in support of these vital services, which provide important rail links...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Save Open-Access Rail Jobs, Hull Trains, Grand Central, Covid-19
RMT pledges all-out fight to protect pensions at TfL
London's main transport union‎ RMT pledges all-out fight to protect jobs, pensions and working conditions as Government line up savage cuts in TFL funding deal as details emerge this morning. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is appalling that the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Buses, London Overground
RMT on reports tonight that Government are threatening a total takeover of TFL
"The speculation that the Government are threatening to take direct control of TFL sounds like more bullying by this administration designed to impose their will on Londoners and ride roughshod over local democracy. "While we await official confirmation on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Tube, London Underground, Buses, London Overground,
RMT responds to Inquiry into Sumburgh helicopter tragedy
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT is disappointed that the FAI predictably kept the scope of the inquiry very narrow, looking at the events at the precise moment of the tragedy. There was no consideration of the wider aspects of...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Sumburgh Helicopter Tragedy, Super Puma
RMT condemns attempts to sail the detained Ben Nevis from Aberdeen ‎in flagrant breach of international maritime law
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This is a disgraceful attempt by Global Offshore Services to put the Ben Nevis back to sea whilst seafarers still have unsettled wages, in breach of international maritime law. RMT is concerned for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ben Nevis, Shipping, Cabotage
Second 48 hour strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper rock solid
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the second of two scheduled 48 hour strikes on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper is rock solid again this evening with pickets out in force at key locations as RMT members fight for safe working conditions‎. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: SERCO, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike, Safety
Second 48 hours of RMT strike action goes ahead on Caledonian Sleeper
RAIL UNION RMT said today that members on the Caledonian Sleeper will take a second 48 hours of strike action on Sunday against SERCO's lack of concern for staff and passenger safety as the company block any moves to get talks...
Region: National
Tagged with: SERCO, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike,
RMT responds as rail journeys fall to lowest levels since mid-nineteenth century
“While rail passenger numbers have plummeted the use of the private car is returning to pre-covid levels and to stop the coronavirus crisis accelerating the climate crisis we need new action to support public transport “There has been welcome government...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Public Transport, Rail Industry, Open-Access Rail Operators, Rail Union, RMT
RMT and Labour call on the Government to rescue ferry jobs and services in Hull
Following a meeting in the Port of Hull with Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary, Jim McMahon MP and Shadow Shipping Minster, Mike Kane MP, there was condemnation of P&O Ferries’ decision to close the Hull-Zeebrugge route which would heap more misery...
Region: North East
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, seafarers, ratings, maritime, redundancies, Hull
MPs support RMT Campaign to Save Open-Access Rail Jobs and Services
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed the fact that a motion tabled in the Westminster parliament, calling on the Government to take action to protect all jobs and services in the open-access rail sector, has received widespread support from MPs. Unlike...
Region: National
Tagged with: Open-Access Operators, Hull Trains, Grand Central, Rail Jobs, Covid-19
RMT reaction to PM's comments on offshore wind power
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Boris Johnson's hot air might power five minutes of Tory back slapping but won't create the tens of thousands of new jobs we need to see across the offshore wind industry supply chain. “On...
Region: National
Tagged with: Offshore Wind Power, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister,
Minister confirms that the public pay for railway profiteering
RAIL UNION RMT has renewed the call to end the great rail rip-off after it revealed that the government has confirmed that the taxpayer will continue to ‘pick up the tab’ for profiteering on the ownership of trains on Britain’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: ROSCO, Rail Nationalisation, Profiteering, PFI
First 48 hour strike on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the first of two 48 hour strikes on SERCO Caledonian Sleeper is rock solid this evening with pickets out in force at key locations as RMT members fight for safe working conditions‎. The action started...
Region: National
Tagged with: SERCO, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike
RMT says SERCO had no intention of negotiating settlement this week as first of two 48 hour Sleeper strikes goes ahead on Sunday
While RMT entered talks on Wednesday in good faith the company had already pulled the plug on all services and had no intention whatsoever of addressing the serious issues of safety and fatigue at the heart of the dispute. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: SERCO, Caledonian Sleeper, Strike
RMT action goes ahead on Caledonian Sleeper
RAIL UNION RMT said today that members on the Caledonian Sleeper will take strike action and action short of a strike from Sunday against SERCO's lack of concern for member's safety and wellbeing after the company collapsed last ditch talks...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, SERCO, Strike Action, ACAS,
RMT responds to news of latest savage P&O cuts
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “In the summer, P&O Ferries received over £6.6m from the taxpayer on the two Port of Hull routes, including Hull-Zeebrugge. This does not need to happen but P&O’s owners in Dubai have pulled the...
Region: North East
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, seafarers, ratings, maritime, redundancies, Dover, Hull,
RMT reaction to first UK hydrogen powered train trials
“Expanding the UK’s manufacturing base for hydrogen trains could help support the decarbonisation of the transport sector and our economic recovery from Covid-19. “It is absolutely vital that all the manufacturing is carried out domestically. Government investment in the UK’s...
Region: National
Tagged with: Hydrogen Powered Trains, UK Manufacturing, Green Jobs
RMT reaction to report on zero carbon economy:
OFFSHORE UNION RMT today welcomed a report from environmental campaign groups on the key role of offshore oil and gas workers in a 'Just Transition' to a zero carbon economy. Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Greenpeace surveyed over...
Region: National
Tagged with: Just Transition, Platform, Friends of the Earth Scotland, Greenpeace, Oil, Gas, Offshore Workers
RMT calls for urgent Government support for open-access rail operators
Unlike the franchised train companies, the open-access operators have received no Government support during the pandemic. Both companies are now in an unsustainable position, and are proposing job cuts. RMT is demanding urgent Government intervention to support the open-access sector...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Open-Access Rail Operators, Grand Central, Hull Trains, Emergency Funding,
RMT in last ditch Caledonian Sleeper talks
RAIL UNION RMT will take part in last ditch talks with SERCO on Wednesday as members on the Caledonian Sleeper prepare to take strike action and action short of a strike on Sunday against SERCO's lack of concern for member's...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, SERCO, Strike Action, ACAS
Outrage as Trump Turnberry and presses on with job cuts
TRUMP TURNBERRY UNION RMT has condemned the continued all-out assault on jobs and conditions at the US President's Scottish flagship golf resort as the company ploughs ahead with job cuts. Despite strong representation from RMT and the fact that Trump...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Trump Turnberry, Job Cuts, Redundancies, Covid-19
RMT steps up campaign for TfL funding
London Transport Union RMT is stepping up its fight to win full funding for Transport for London with the launch of an online petition. The petition can be found at: https://www.rmtlondoncalling.org.uk/funding-statement Statement: RMT calls on government to fully fund TFL...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Funding, Covid-19, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, London Transport
RMT responds to MSPs safety concerns
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed Members of the Scottish Parliament raising much needed awareness of safety concerns on Scotland’s railway following reports that Network Rail in Scotland has over 200 infrastructure vacancies whilst at the same time some of the biggest...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Network Rail, Scotland, Babcock Rail, SPL Powerlines, Story Plant, AMCO, Redundancies
RMT members to strike on Caledonian Sleeper
The action has been sparked after SERCO Caledonian Sleeper continued to provide insufficient berths for rest periods and the company's inability to address the fatigue experienced by RMT members as a result. RMT says that safety on the railway is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caledonian Sleeper, SERCO, Industrial Action, Strike,
Tube outsourcing company profiteering whilst slashing jobs
TUBE UNION RMT today called on the Mayor of London to take back control of the Underground cleaning and put an end to the outdated dogma of outsourcing, after it emerged that the outsourcing company ABM has doubled its profits...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport for London, TfL, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, ABM, Tube Cleaners
RMT steps up fight for rail jobs as Grand Central confirms savage cuts
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT has received notification from Grand Central that they are intending to make 51 posts redundant, including half of their catering staff on top of the termination of their Blackpool to London Operation. "Make no mistake,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Grand Central, Covid-19, Catering, Blackpool, Rail,
RMT to step up fight over jobs, pay and conditions
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said today that the union will be stepping up campaigning on the threat to jobs, pay and conditions across the rail, maritime and transport sector as COVID-19 threatens to drive a cuts whirlwind through the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Mick Cash, RMT, Jobs, Transport,
RMT Leader Mick Cash responds to Chris Grayling appointment
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "When I was first told that Chris Grayling had been appointed to this lucrative part-time post I assumed it was a wind up. Now it's been confirmed as true some may think it's a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Chris Grayling, Mick Cash, RMT, Transport
RMT responds to Govt extension of emergency measures on GWR
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "It's vital that the Government continue to finance our railways as the broken privatised system has shown it simply cannot withstand a crisis. With Ministers pushing their back to work drive we need...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Great Western Railway, GWR, Emergency Measures, Tory Government, Privatisation,
RMT slams major UK rail caterers
RAIL ‎UNION RMT today demanded that rail catering company SSP - owners of Upper Crust, Rail Gourmet, Burger King rail outlets and a range of other well-known brands - pulls back from the brink and stops pressing ahead with redundancies of station...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Select Service Partners, SSP, Caterers
RMT calls on government to rebuild London’s public transport
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today called on the government and TfL to turn the page on a failed experiment and build a world-class public transport system around the needs of people by investing in more staff. In a submission to the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transpot for London, TfL, Public Transport, Staffing,
RMT demands Government action for seafarers
SEAFARERS’ UNION RMT has written to the Shipping Minister, Kelly Tolhurst MP demanding government action over the lack of jobs for British Ratings and the crew change crisis on ACL’s five state of the art roll-on roll-off container ships working...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Atlantic Container Line, ACL, Seafarers, Shipping Minister, Kelly Tolhurst
RMT call to reinstate redundant jobs at Adelphi Hotel
RMT today called on the owner of the Brittannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool to reinstate 83 jobs that have been made redundant under the cloak of the COVID-19 crisis. Throughout the statutory consultation the employer refused to offer enhanced redundancy terms,...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Adelphi Hotel, Britannia Hotel Group, Jobs, Redundancies, Liverpool
RMT responds to announcement of DfT’s Transport Acceleration Unit
“Whilst we welcome the Government having a renewed focus on speeding up the investment, building and reopening of vital rail links it is nonsensical that this new Transport Acceleration Unit will predominantly focus on new roads when we are in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, DfT, Transport Acceleration Unit,
RMT call to oppose job cuts at Trump Turnberry
The company is planning to bulldoze through over  80 redundancies alongside damaging cuts to sick, pay, working hours, pay enhancements, staff benefits and working conditions. Formal consultation on the plans is now over and despite strong RMT representations the Trump operation...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT demands action from LUL over rising levels of violent assaults
TUBE UNION RMT has demanded action from tube bosses over rising levels of violent assaults after another horrific incident at Warren Street Station on Friday ‎‎afternoon. The incident, which included severe levels of physical violence and the suspect forcing his...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, Tube, LUL, BTP, British Transport Police, Warren Street, Violence, Assault
RMT responds to Northern Infrastructure announcement
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Investment to upgrade public transport in the North of England from the government is long overdue and the government should be supporting a national strategy for mass investment in an expanded public transport...
Region: National
Tagged with: Northern, Northern Railway, Northern Infrastructure Pipeline, Rail, North of England
RMT steps up pressure to halt jobs carnage at Trump's Turnberry resort
RMT has launched an on-line petition as part of the fight to halt an all-out assault on jobs and conditions at the US President's Scottish flagship resort that are being bulldozed through under the cover of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT on alert for surge in passengers to resorts
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is on red alert for a surge in passengers that may compromise COVID-19 safety protocols as millions are expected to head to the coast and other leisure attractions this weekend. With the forecast...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, passenger numbers, social distancing,
RMT launches petition to halt jobs carnage at Trump Turnberry
TRUMP TURNBERRY UNION RMT has launched a global on-line petition today as part of the fight to halt an all-out assault on jobs and conditions at the US President's Scottish flagship resort that are being bulldozed through under the cover...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT steps up fight to halt jobs carnage at Trump's Turnberry resort
Consultation on a brutal package of measures ends on the 16th August and involves the axing of up to eighty jobs alongside other savage cuts to sick pay, working hours, pay enhancements, staff benefits and working conditions. RMT Senior Assistant...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Turnberry Resort, Donald Trump, Job Cuts
RMT responds to confirmation that Government has nationalised Train Company debt
This follows rumours that some train operating companies are on the verge of being fully renationalised and would join Government run and publicly owned London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Northern Trains.‎ RMT says that the move must now pave...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, train company debt, renationalisation
RMT warns against crowding on Brighton trains tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT has issued a call to passengers to avoid ‎crowding Brighton trains tomorrow amidst concerns voiced to the union by local members that services may end up rammed out as the public head to the area for unofficial...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Brighton, Pride, Social Distancing,
RMT responds to Northern railway upgrade announcement
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Investment to upgrade the railways in the North of England is welcome but long overdue. “This investment should also not be a one off but part of a National strategy for a mass...
Region: National
Tagged with: north of England, upgrade, railway
RMT accuses Government of Greenwashing
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today raised concerns over the Government’s ability to deliver a green economic recovery and cut emissions in line with its commitments under the Paris Agreement. The Prime Minister has today announced £350m for reducing emissions, including from...
Region: National
Tagged with: greenwashing, public transport, offshore, oil, gas
RMT on Coronavirus bailout bonanza for TOC's
Britain’s private rail companies stand to make almost £500 million in profits over the next 12 months according to new research, amid widespread speculation that the government is about to extend its Emergency Measures Agreements. Analysis of ministerial answers to questions...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, TOC's.taxpayer bailout
RMT ramps up campaign to halt privatisation of Tube
TUBE UNION RMT today wrote to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps demanding that the government come clean on plans to privatise London Underground as part of its takeover of Transport for London. Yesterday, the Secretary of State announced...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, tube, TfL, Tory Government, Privatisation, driverless
RMT responds to Prime Minister’s announcement
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Covid-19 is waging war against both lives and livelihoods but in recent days the government’s response has once again been mired in chaos, confusion and mixed messaging. “Today we are seeking urgent talks...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT to fight proposed closure of Wolverton Works
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it will use every tool at its disposal to oppose plans to close the wheel depot at the famous Wolverton Works in Milton Keynes by Gemini Rail with the potential loss of up to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Gemini Rail, Wolverton Works Depot,
RMT calls for an end to cuts at Glasgow Queen Street Travel Shop
RAIL UNION RMT is today calling on the Scottish Government to ensure that Abellio Scotrail’s damaging proposals for Glasgow Queen Street travel shop are withdrawn. Glasgow Queen Street is Scotland’s third busiest station, yet under Abellio Scotrail’s plans for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Glasgow Queen Street Travel Shop
RMT calls for an end to the charade of rail privatisation
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the government end the charade of privatisation and the grotesque waste of franchising after it was confirmed that the Office for National Statistics have reclassified the debts of the private train operators as part...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
RMT Demands Pension Justice for Maritime Workers
In the week when we acknowledge the courageous work of our seafarers, who continue to provide a service to the UK during the COVID-19 crisis, seafarers' union RMT has produced evidence that shipping employers are providing maritime workers with inadequate...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Seafarers Awareness Week, Pensions, Maritime Workers,
RMT says future government support for rail services must not be tied to cuts
According to reports, the Government is planning an additional 18 months of financial support for the private rail operators, until March 2022, and this funding could be linked to cost-saving cuts. This follows a recent statement from Boris Johnson that emergency funding...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tory Government, Rail Nationalisation, Private Rail Operators,
OFFSHORE Union RMT remembers Piper Alpha
Take a moment today which is also the launch of Maritime Safety week to remember the 167 offshore workers and the devastating effect on their families and communities. The loss back then is why we strive to ensure improvements in safety...
Region: National
Tagged with: piper alpha, offshore workers, north sea
RMT on Boris Johnson making driverless trains a condition of TFL Covid funding
"It is outrageous for Boris Johnson to wheel out the dangerous nonsense of driverless trains as a condition of the emergency Covid-19 funding of Transport for London. This is the sort of cheap political stunt that was a hallmark of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Boris Johnson, Transport for London, TfL, driverless trains
RMT calls for action to ensure safety of transport staff as pubs reopen in England tomorrow
“RMT is seriously concerned that the reopening of the pubs may well run alongside a loosening of the safety and social distancing regulations that we have agreed across the transport network and that must not be allowed to happen. “There...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Pubs, Safety
Rail union RMT on Upper Crust Job Cuts
"The news that Upper Crust, major caterers on Britain's railway stations, have announced savage job cuts shows that support services across the rail industry are facing a real crisis in the months ahead which will hammer both the workforce and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Caterers, Upper Crust
RMT slams threat to axe nearly half of the staff at Britannia's famous Liverpool ‎Adelphi Hotel
Out of a total of 178 employees at the historic hotel 83 have been placed at risk with the union awaiting firm details. RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "This news is a hammer blow to the hard working staff at...
Region: National
Tagged with: Adelphi, Britannia
RMT calls for Government to prioritise crucial transport investment
RMT responds to Boris Johnson's announcement on transport industry investment today. RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “What Boris Johnson is announcing today is a drop in the ocean of what we need to recover from the economic...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport, Investment
RMT calls for rail to be taken into public ownership
Commenting on figures released today by the Office of Rail and Road, which show that passenger delay repay claims closed by train companies increased by 17% to 6.3 million last year, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This massive increase...
Region: National
Tagged with: ORR, Office of Rail and Road, Tory Government, Delay Repay,
RMT responds to Transport Secretary's comments on P&O redundancies
RMT Senior Assistant general Secretary Mick Lynch, said: “On the day P&O Ferries ends its consultation, seafarers in Dover and Hull will be shocked to learn that they will be thrown on the scrapheap with the blessing of this Government,...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, seafarers, ratings, maritime, redundancies, Dover, Hull
RMT claims victory over Government’s volunteer stunt
RAIL UNION RMT today claimed a victory for common sense as it appears the Government’s volunteer “Journey Makers” programme has been shelved. A leaked email from one of the volunteer programme’s providers admitted that due to disagreement between unions and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
RMT calls on Government to scrap shambles of rail volunteer stunt
RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "RMT warned from the off that this half-baked Government PR stunt was a waste of time and a diversion from the challenges we really face on the railway as lockdown is eased and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, journey makers
Unions warn of increased risks in reducing social distancing
In a joint statement ASLEF, RMT and TSSA have warned of the “increased risks” of reducing social distancing on public transport at the current time. ASLEF general secretary Mick Whelan, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch and TSSA General...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Social Distancing, Transport, Rail,
RMT begins ballot on Heathrow Express
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it has begun a ballot of members on Heathrow Express for industrial action after workers who are currently furloughed due to the Covid-19 crisis were threatened with unemployment by the company. The threat to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Heathrow Express, Industrial Action, Ballot, Redundancies
RMT on £7 Billion Covid-19 support for transport sector‎
“This should not just be a blank cheque for private transport operators but instead should be linked to taking transport services into public ownership to ensure every penny is spent on protecting safety and the economy alongside strict requirements to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT reacts to High Court decision on Stagecoach
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to a decision by the High Court ruling against Train Operating Company Stagecoach Group Plc following attempts to sue the Secretary of State for Transport regarding decisions to disqualify the Group from three rail franchise...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stagecoach Group, Rail Franchising, Railways Pension Scheme,
Ministers confirm £3.5 billion rail bail out
RAIL UNION RMT said that despite parliamentary answers confirming today that Train Operating Companies are to be bailed out by the Government to the tune of £3.5 Billion it is still totally unclear whether new contracts will be agreed by...
Region: National
Tagged with: Train Operating Companies, TOCS, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government,
RMT calls for transport workers to be treated with respect
Transport union RMT has called for workers to be treated with respect as the new requirement for passengers to wear face masks on public transport in England comes into force today. The union also said that it had received assurances...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, face masks, transport workers,
RMT responds to Government’s increase in taxpayer support to P&O
SEAFARER Union RMT has responded to the Government’s increase in taxpayer support to P&O Ferries by demanding that P&O Ferries withdraw plans for 1,100 redundancies mainly amongst directly employed UK seafarers in Dover and Hull. A Written Answer to Hull East...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, redundancies, seafarers,
RMT calls for halt to ticket office cuts
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for a stop to proposed cuts at Glasgow Queen Street’s ticket offices in the station’s travel shop. Glasgow Queen Street station, which is Scotland's third busiest railway station, has been in redevelopment for some time....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, abellio, snp, Scottish government, ticket office, queen street
RMT slams scandal of taxpayer support for P&O shareholders
P&O SEAFARERS Union RMT today reacted with fury following the release of Government contracts detailing the UK taxpayers’ support for roll-on roll-off ferry operators during the pandemic. Critical Freight Grant payments have been allocated to operators to keep essential goods,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, taxpayer support, redundancies, seafarers,
RMT urges recommencement of railway enhancement works
RAIL UNION RMT today called on the Scottish Government to take urgent action to protect vital jobs on the railway in a letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Since Scotland went into lockdown railway enhancement works have fallen under the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Scotland, SNP, Nicola Sturgeon, railway enhancement,
RMT condemns BP jobs carnage
The union says that hard working BP staff have endured 4-years and more of austerity and cuts associated with the downturn which the industry was just coming out of before the Covid-19 pandemic began. To be faced with further attrition...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, BP, Offshore, redundancies,
RMT writes to Grant Shapps over face masks
Transport union RMT has written to the Secretary of State Grant Shapps to warn a lack of consultation and proper discussion in the transport industry means that the requirement for face masks on public transport from 15th June risks being...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, face masks, Transport Secretary
RMT responds to Government on face masks
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “There is a real danger that the Government and the Rail Delivery Group are sending out a signal that as long as you cover your face you are safe to ‎head back onto the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, Rail Delivery Group, RDG, face masks
RMT responds to news night tube will remain suspended
Responding to news that the night tube will be suspended until Spring 2021 RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “The confirmation that there will be no night tube until March next year is a reminder of how fragile the situation is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Night tube, Suspension
RMT warns of strike action over transport austerity
RAIL UNION RMT today responded with fury after being made aware of Government plans to introduce a workforce of unpaid and unskilled ‘Transport Guardian Angels’ on our railway network. The contract between the Department for Transport and volunteering charity ‘Volunteering...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
RMT calls for urgent Government intervention
RAIL UNION RMT is today calling for urgent Government intervention to support open access rail operators Hull Trains and Grand Central during the Covid-19 crisis. Unlike the franchised Train Operating Companies, neither company has received any emergency funding during Covid-19...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Hull Trains, Grand Central, Covid-19, open access operators
RMT on Government mixed messaging on lockdown
Rail union RMT said today that confused and conflicting messaging from Boris Johnson and his government has led to a huge surge in passengers and dangerous and predictable chaos on Cross Country services into Bournemouth today. British Transport Police have...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Cross Country, British Transport Police, BTP,
RMT demands Government action over P&O exploitation
P&O FERRIES Union RMT today raised alarm over P&O’s plans to replace directly employed, full time UK seafarers on the Pride of Hull with agency crew from the Philippines on rates of pay below the National Minimum Wage and for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, Pride of Hull, Ferries
RMT responds to appointment of new TFL Commissioner
“The new commissioner will arrive with TFL facing a financial crisis in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic that is being ruthlessly exploited by the Tory Government for political purposes. “Mr Byford will be well aware of the strength of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport for London, TfL,
RMT demands government action to save over 1000 P&O Ferries’ jobs
Over 730 of these jobs are currently held by UK seafarer Ratings employed on strategically vital ferry routes from Dover and Hull to the continent. In his letter, RMT general secretary Mick Cash calls on the UK Government to take the...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, seafarers, ratings, maritime, redundancies, Dover, Hull
RMT seeks answers regarding the impact of Covid-19 on BAME workers
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has written to industry bosses and safety regulators seeking answers and protections regarding the impact of Covid-19 on are Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in the transport sector. RMT has reminded employers that there is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, BAME, transport workers
RMT to ballot on Heathrow Express
The threat to slash more than a hundred jobs within the Mobile Sales Advisor (MSA) and Customer Concierge roles comes alongside the company’s proposed reorganisation of the grades. Heathrow Express management have indicated that they plan ‘a loss of 123 posts...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Heathrow Express, furlough,
RMT calls for new compulsory Covid-19 protections for passengers and rail workers
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for new compulsory protections for passengers and rail workers on trains as the increased rail service timetable comes into place today – Monday 18th May. The protections are: • Compulsory 2 metre social distancing – the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, social distancing, face masks, transport, rail, bus, tube,
RMT on news Government has provided £35m to Ferry companies
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “No freight moves without seafarers. The Government needs to remember this when dishing out public money to private ferry companies during the pandemic. “We are extremely concerned that this money is not available on...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, ferry companies, Tory government,
RMT warns of strike action over transport austerity
Responding to the government announcement today that it is imposing austerity cuts and direct control over transport in London as part of its conditions for funding as a result of the Covid-19 crisis RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, “London...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport austerity, London Transport, TfL, Transport for London
Crowded train and bus services are “categorically less safe”
TRANSPORT UNION RMT said today that crowded train, tube and bus services are “categorically less safe” and should not run unless two meter social distancing can be enforced. The union said unless the government took urgent action to enforce two...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, public transport, social distancing, bus, train
RMT responds to Government briefing this evening on transport services
“Grant Shapps saying “it’s our civic duty to avoid using public transport” is a disgraceful way to shift the blame onto workers who have been left with little choice but to use public transport when it is his Government’s responsibility...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary,
RMT calls on Government to give immediate assurances on TFL budget
“TFL staff have kept London's essential workers moving around the Capital throughout this crisis and it would be nothing short of a scandal if the financial rug was pulled from beneath them at this critical time. "The cash crunch at...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, London Underground, Transport for London, TfL, London Overground
RMT warns of chaos on transport services tomorrow
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said today; "The Governments "return to work" policy from Wednesday morning risks unleashing total chaos on a transport network which has not been told to prepare for a rise in numbers until next Monday. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, return to work, transport, bus, rail,
RMT on 1,100 job losses at P&O Ferries
“This is devastating news and an appalling betrayal of the P&O work force. “ This is a kick in the teeth for P&O seafarers who have maintained key supply lines to the UK during the Covid -19 pandemic. "What is utterly...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, P&O Ferries, Dover, Hull
RMT sounds warning over dash to jack up transport services
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "There is a headlong dash to lift the lockdown on our transport services for the 18th May and it is fraught with danger for both passengers and staff alike. "To maintain the Governments own social...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, lockdown, transport services
RMT warns of high risk transport mobilisation strategy
RAIL UNION RMT has revealed today that the Government has brought forward the start of the mass transport mobilisation and the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions to Monday May 11th. RMT is aware that the Government has requested the industry to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport mobilisation, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, RICF
RMT calls for National Bus Coronavirus Safety Summit
As Prime Minister considers easing lockdown RMT calls for National Bus Coronavirus Safety Summit to oversee a national plan to protect bus drivers and passengers as new survey reveals alarming COVID – 19 safety failings As the Prime Minister considers easing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, national bus coronavirus safety summit, PPE, bus
RMT condemns Government for supporting BP dividend payout
The comments supporting BP's decision were made by Leader of the House Jacob Rees-Mogg this afternoon. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “This is the latest display of corporate greed at the expense of offshore oil and gas workers facing...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, BP, dividend,
RMT calls for P&O Ferries to be nationalised
FERRIES’ UNION RMT today called for P&O Ferries to be nationalised on the day parent company DP World is set to make a £270m dividend payment to private shareholders. To keep 1,400 key workers - seafarers, dockers and other staff - at P&O...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, DP World, ferries,
RMT secures major pay victory on behalf of cleaners
Mitie had pulled a pay increase to a minimum of £9 an hour for its Merseyrail staff but a high profile RMT campaign has forced them to honour the backdated award in a victory that the union says is an...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, cleaners, pay,
RMT survey reveals extent of offshore Covid-19 crisis
OFFSHORE Union RMT today released the findings of a survey of members looking at the oil and gas industry’s approach to tackling Covid-19 offshore. The survey findings coincide with the Trade Union affiliates of the Offshore Coordinating Group (OCG) taking...
Region: National
Tagged with: offshore, Covid-19, offshore coordinating group, ocg
RMT warning over May 11 transport increase
Transport union RMT warned today that there was zero chance of agreement to increase transport services in the current climate. The announcement is in response to information provided by rail companies that Ministers want them to be ready to ramp...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport workers, rmt
RMT responds to press speculation
General Secretary Mick Cash said "No one has discussed any moves to begin restoring transport services with this trade union and the dates we have seen reported in the press look like pure speculation. "Instead of secretive briefings to the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, transport workers, rmt
RMT reacts with fury to P&O all-out assault on jobs
MARITIME Union RMT today reacted with fury at P&O Ferries proposals for restructuring the business during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a consultation document issued to RMT, the union organising Seafarer Ratings on P&O Ferries’ Irish Sea, North Sea and Dover-Calais...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, Covid-19, seafarers, maritime,
RMT on Grand Central service suspension
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded full protection of jobs and wages after Arriva-owned Grand Central confirmed that they will be suspending all services from the last train tonight. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT is frankly appalled that Grand...
Region: National
Tagged with: grand central, arriva, Covid-19, service suspension,
RMT 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 welcomes Labour Party's plans for publicly owned railway
The plans include proposals to create a publicly owned railway company, ‘GB Rail’ that runs both the rail infrastructure and train services as part of a single unified company. This vertically integrated company would be the guiding mind for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Labour Party, gb rail, public railway,
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
RMT secures massive living wage victory for rail workers
After a long-running campaign rail union RMT announced this morning that it has finally reached agreement with Carlisle Support Services Ltd to pay the Living Wage Foundation rate of pay of £9.30 per hour from 1st April to all staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: living wage, northern, northern trains, Carlisle support services, gateline
RMT demands urgent support for rail caterers
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding that immediate action is taken to support the industry’s outsourced caterers, who work across the railway in station outlets such as Ritazza and Upper Crust, who have been left high and dry by their employer,...
Region: National
Tagged with: select service partner, ssp, rail gourmet, Covid-19, caterers,
RMT Calls for COVID-19 Guidance for Seafarers on Ferries
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Some employers in the passenger ferry sector are keeping restaurants and bars open on their ships. This is exposing RMT members to excessive risk during the Coronavirus pandemic. “The Maritime and Coastguard Agency has...
Region: National
Tagged with: covid-19, passenger ferries, guidance, ratings, maritime
Joint Press Release from RMT, Merseyrail & Liverpool City
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, Merseyrail and RMT have reached agreement on the release of back-dated pay awards to guards, withheld since the dispute over their roles on the city region’s new trains commenced in April 2017. The agreement was reached...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, Liverpool city region combined authority, Steve Rotheram, Covid-19
COVID-19 and UK Seafarers
As organisations representing the interests of seafarers and employers in the shipping industry, we are united in our determination to protect the national interest from the economic impact of the COVID-19 emergency. Our members must be empowered by Government, urgently,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Coronavirus, shipping, seafarers,
RMT on Bus Industry appeal for £1 billion rescue package
Commenting on news that the UK’s Bus Industry has today called for a £1bn state funded rescue package to protect ‘tens of thousands of jobs’, bus union RMT reiterates the urgent need for the Government to commit emergency funding to...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus industry, rescue package, public ownership, Covid-19
RMT calls on government to mobilise Taxis
Taxi drivers’ union RMT is calling on the government to use Taxis to create a fifth emergency service during the Coronavirus crisis, to mitigate the isolation of families facing increasing levels of lockdown. As the government closes schools and imposes...
Region: National
Tagged with: taxi, public transport, Covid-19
RMT slams Stena on Coronavirus sick pay
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: "With no attempt to discuss this with trade unions, Stena Line has launched an outrageous attack on seafarers' right to a decent sick pay scheme which will mean Stena Line employees in the UK...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stena, Coronavirus, Sick Pay
RMT demands to protect shipping from Coronavirus impact
SEAFARERS’ union RMT today called for specific measures to preserve Ratings’ jobs, skills and livelihoods in light of COVID-19's devastating impact on shipping activity to and from UK ports. RMT propose the following reforms to protect seafarers and to help...
Region: National
Tagged with: Shipping, Coronavirusa
RMT welcomes news tube cleaners are to get full sick pay
TUBE UNION RMT ‎today welcomed the news that tube cleaners in the front-line of the fight to contain the Coronavirus on London Underground are to get full sick pay after a campaign of union pressure. General Secretary Mick Cash said;...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tube, Cleaners, Sick Pay
RMT responds to Grant Shapps’ statement on coronavirus
Responding to the statement this morning by Grant Shapps that rail passenger numbers were down by 20% last week and the train companies are in line for a coronavirus bailout RMT general secretary Mick Cash said, “As it considers bailing out...
Region: National
Tagged with: Shapps, coronavirus
RMT Tube pay ballot opens today
RMT said it is angry and frustrated that over a year of talks has still resulted in a stalemate and has called on the Mayor and his TFL officials to lift the cap on pay and allow a deal to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london underground, tube, lul, tfl, strike ballot, pay
RMT sets out list of demands to employers over Coronavirus
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has today written to employers across the industry setting out a list of core demands designed to protect the safety of both staff and the public as well as the rights and livelihoods of the transport workforce....
Region: National
Tagged with: coronavirus, pay, sickness, tory government
RMT secures massive low pay victory
In a ground-breaking deal, the union has struck an agreement that means that all staff employed in the cleaners supply chain on Network Rail contracts will be paid the real living wage from the 1st of April. The deal will...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, cleaners, low pay, living wage,
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 launch campaign to 'Keep Northern Public'
On 1st March, after years of mismanagement by successive private train operators, Northern Rail was taken into public control by the Department for Transport but a forthcoming Government review into how are railways are run could move it back into...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, Arriva rail north, keep northern public,
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 moves to ballot all tube staff over pay
TUBE UNION RMT confirmed today this it is moving to an urgent ballot of 10,000 staff across London Underground for both strike action and action short of a strike after more than a year of negotiations have failed to produce an...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london underground, tube, lul, tfl, strike ballot, pay
Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington to take further action
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot will be striking again next month in an on-going fight for workplace justice and safety. RMT Rail Gourmet members at Paddington have been instructed to take further strike...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: rail gourmet, paddington, workplace justice
RMT report warns of plans to resuscitate rail privatisation
RAIL UNION RMT has released a new report which reveals the government and Keith Williams expected announcement of their intention to overhaul the privatised railway – badged as the ‘end of franchising’ – is likely to lead to more profiteering...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, Privatisation, report
RMT responds to latest efforts by Transport for the North
After Transport for the North announced today that it has set TPE a "public target" for its service recovery, Mick Cash RMT General Secetary said: "You would have thought by now that after the Northern Rail fiasco transport bosses would...
Region: National
Tagged with: Transport for the North, TPE, Northern
RMT on Government's HS2 announcement
RMT has called for the setting up of a jobs and skills taskforce with the union's at its core which will map the scale of the deficit and set out a plan of action to deliver HS2 and other projects....
Region: National
Tagged with: hs2, high speed 2, tory government,
RMT on expected HS2 announcement
"This Government has dithered over this decision for far too long which has meant uncertainty and delays to this vital rail project. "Now that they are on the point of giving the go-ahead the Government and HS2 must take steps...
Region: National
Tagged with: hs2, high speed 2
RMT on Government Bus Funding Announcement
Bus fares continue to rise, disproportionately affecting passengers in rural and non-metropolitan areas and local authorities remain prohibited from running bus services in the public sector. This is why RMT is urging the Government to ensure its National Bus Strategy...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus funding, tory government, national bus strategy, transport select committee
RMT accuses Trenitalia of trying to force bail out
RAIL UNION RMT today accused Italian state operator Trenitalia of trying to force the British people into a £20 million taxpayer bail out of their failing C2C franchise in the latest scandal to rock Britain's collapsing private rail industry. It...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: c2c, trenitalia, bail out, rail privatisation, tory government,
Transport workers battling to keep Britain moving
Rail, maritime and transport union RMT has called on the public to spare a thought for the staff battling to keep Britain moving through the most atrocious conditions today.    General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT members on rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Storm ciara, transport,
RMT demands action over latest CalMac Ferries fiasco
In response to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s request, the union has expressed serious concerns over the procurement, design and construction process that has seen delivery of two new ferries on the Ardossan-Brodick and Uig-Tarbert/Uig-Lochmaddy routes put back for...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: caledonian macbrayne, calmac, snp, scottish government
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 calls for action from Freightliner
RAIL UNION RMT is calling on Freightliner Ltd and the Scottish Government to take immediate action to secure the future of one of Scotland’s key rail freight terminals at Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire. Freightliner Ltd is considering the future of the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Freightliner, snp, Scottish government, Coatbridge,
RMT calls for action now on UK seafarer jobs
Following Hull East MP Karl Turner’s exchange with the Prime Minister in the Commons today, seafarers’ union RMT responded to demand immediate Government action on ferry company P&O jeopardising safety and undercutting jobs in the UK shipping industry by bringing...
Region: North East
Tagged with: P&O ferries, uk seafarers, pride of hull, karl turner mp,
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 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,