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RMT rejects Network Rail pay offer
The company offered an increase of just 3.5 per cent, even though the benchmark measure of inflation used for negotiations is the November RPI figure which was 5.3 per cent. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that such double standards were unacceptable...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Network Rail, Mick Lynch, Pay,
RMT calls for action to save UK train manufacturing
RMT, the largest rail union, called for an urgent summit of unions, the rail industry and the government to thrash out a plan to save the Alstom train manufacturing site in Derby, including the option of nationalisation.  RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Alstom, Derby, Rail
Merseyrail hikes Grand National prices by 35%
Merseyrail is one of the wealthiest operators of trains in Britain,  recently  paying out dividends  of £14.5 million. Yet they have failed to insource cleaners on their stations despite the fact that would have only cost the company £100,000. RMT...
Region: North West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Merseyrail, Grand National
Eurostar Rail Gourmet workers to take strike action over pay
This follows a magnificent 95% yes vote in our strike ballot, which has given the union a mandate to pursue industrial action to win better pay for low paid members working within the continental rail service.   RMT General Secretary Mick...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Eurostar, Rail Gourmet, Strike, Pay
ScotRail punitive fare hike will impact on climate targets
This punitive price increase comes at a time when the Scottish Government itself is running a successful off-peak fares trial, effectively removing peak fares entirely.   RMT is calling on the Scottish Government to make this off-peak fares trial permanent,...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Rail Fares
RMT responds to reports of staff assaults statistics and testimonies
Responding to the assault statistics and testimonies of railway workers, following an investigation by  BBC South East , RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said:    “The assault statistics and testimonies of railway workers are disturbing and underline what our members have...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail, Staff Assaults
RMT slams Network Rail cuts after redundancies announcement
The company which supplies services to Network Rail has said that due to a reduction in workbank volume they will have to undertake a reorganisation leading to 42 job losses.   The 42 roles proposed to be made redundant are within the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Babcock Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT to launch strike ballot on Scotrail over DOO
Bosses at the Scottish government run train company have said Barrhead and East Kilbride routes can run services without a second member of staff at the discretion of the driver.   Over a 100 hundred conductors who will be affected by...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Driver Only Operation, DOO, RMT, Mick Lynch
Railway workers to lobby Scottish Parliament over railway cuts
Total renewals expenditure for Scotland over the next 5 years is £315m or 13% lower than in the previous funding period. The renewals will cover track, off-track, signalling, level crossings, earthworks, drainage, buildings, electrification and fixed plant, and telecommunications. The combined crises...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Scotland, SNP
Hitachi Rail strike to go ahead
The stoppage will take place at Craigentinny, Bounds Green and Doncaster maintenance depots across the East Coast mainline and will conclude on February 24. More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which maintains the rolling...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, LNER
Avanti's cashless plans designed to end onboard catering
Avanti's decision stands in stark contrast to ticket purchase where passengers will still be able to buy a ticket onboard with cash but will not be able to order food or drink in the same way. Back in November Avanti...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti, Onboard Catering, Rail
Network Rail jeopardises safety in cost cutting drive
Network Rail is planning £1.2bn of cuts over the next 5 years to track and infrastructure renewals work, following the government decision to axe the public company's budget.   If the cuts go ahead, there will be an increased risk to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Rail Cuts Costs Lives
London Overground workers to strike over pay
More than 300 workers will take action which includes strikes and action short of strike.   The action will take place at the following times:   00:01 on Monday 19th February 2024 until 23:59 on Tuesday 20th February 2024   00:01 on Monday 4th March 2024 until...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Overground, Arriva Rail London
Hitachi Rail workers to take five days strike action
The stoppage will take place at Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots across the East Coast mainline and will conclude on Thursday 1st February.   More than 400 workers will be taking part in the action on Hitachi Rail which...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, Strike
Cleaners on TPE suspend strike after new offer
Bidvest Noonan which employs cleaners to work on TPE services has offered more money backdated in the first year and from November have agreed to implement a "living wage" of £12 an hour.   The improved offer also contains staff...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TransPennine Express, TPE, Bidvest Noonan, Rail, Cleaners
TXM workers seek protective award over redundancy
The union has been in contact with TXM Plant’s administrators to understand what steps are being taken to find a new buyer, or funding for the company.   However as the workforce were not consulted properly and only given statutory...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TXM Plant, Rail,
Hitachi Rail maintenance engineers to take strike action
Strike action will take place at  Craigentinny, Bounds Green & Doncaster maintenance depots with members at Outstations and Maintenance Control also taking action.   Unite the Union members working for Hitachi Rail will be taking strike action at the same...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Hitachi Rail, Strike
RMT slams rail fares hike
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the government was presiding over the managed decline of the railways with huge cuts to safety critical infrastructure spending on one hand whilst allowing privatised train operators to pay out huge shareholder dividends...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail fares
RMT condemns Network Rail for ruining Christmas with staff underpayments
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written urgently to the company to demand action as members are also reporting that they unable to even contact the payroll department, with phone calls and emails remaining unanswered. “Such matters would be concerning...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Underpayments
RMT calls for an end to cuts if rail freight growth targets to be met
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the 2050 target for rail freight growth target means nothing if at the same time the government was cutting vital rail infrastructure projects such as the Northern leg of HS2 and Northern Powerhouse rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Freight
RMT slams rail performance while company profits remain high
Avanti West Coast which is owned by First Group has come in for particular criticism from Northern Transport leaders who have described the levels of service as "unacceptable" and "inadequate."   First Group has published its latest yearly profits to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, First Group, Avanti West Coast
RMT today marks 35 years since the Clapham Junction rail crash.
Senior representatives of the union joined a memorial service at the scene of the crash in Battersea, south London, and lay flowers on behalf of RMT. The crash took place on December 12 1988 when a crowded train from Poole to London...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Clapham Rail Crash
RMT raises rail safety concerns over cost-cutting
Rail workers are already reporting an increasing number of broken rails and recent high-profile faults which affected The Elizabeth Line and Eurostar services have highlighted the state of ageing infrastructure yet Network Rail are cutting costs in its latest spending...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Rail, Maintenance
Scotland's railway less safe than two years ago - RMT survey
92% of those surveyed said that a major rail safety incident occurring on the railway within the next two years was "likely" with 45% saying it was "very likely."   66% of Network Rail members surveyed said railways were less safe than 2 years...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Maintenance,
Major railway incidents more likely due to Network Rail cuts
Network Rail plans to cut £1.2bn of its budget between 2024 and 2029, leading to an overwhelming majority of its staff fearing future accidents and serious safety-related incidents on the railway.  These cuts include abandoning track renewals for at least the next...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Maintenance,
RMT members accept RDG pay offer
"I want to congratulate them on their steadfastness in this long industrial campaign. “We will be negotiating further with the train operators over reforms they want to see. And we will never shy away from vigorously defending our members terms...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Strike
Third of ScotRail women workers say they have been sexually harassed
Over 80% of respondents revealed they had not reported the incident, with most saying they felt they would not be taken seriously.   The shocking survey also revealed railway workers in Scotland face violence and many have witnessed women passengers being...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Survey, Sexual Harassment
Rail Gourmet workers win pay rise on TPE services
RMT members employed by Rail Gourmet will see their average salary increase by over £4000 this year. Workers also won concessions around duty and leisure travel and an agreed roadmap towards improving wages and conditions further into the future. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Gourmet,
RMT update on national rail dispute with train operators
This will now be put to RMT members in each of the Train Operating Companies in a referendum vote.   If accepted, this MOU will terminate the national dispute mandate, creating a pause and respite from industrial action over the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT responds to King's speech on the railways
"Ministers have neglected their responsibilities by failing to integrate our railways under a public ownership model in the best interests of passengers and railway workers.   "Instead, they continue to prioritise and fixate on bankrolling our profiteering model which sees...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, King's speech, Rail,
RMT calls for ticket office cuts in Scotland to be ruled out
Holyrood has been sitting on any decision since early 2022, following a public consultation over plans to cut ticket office hours at nearly all of ScotRail’s ticket offices, meaning a cumulative reduction in ticket office hours of one third.  However, the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, SNP, ScotRail, Ticket Office
The 1993 Railways Act – ‘30 years of waste’
RAIL UNION RMT marked the 30 th  anniversary today (Sunday November 5, 2023) of the 1993 Railways Act that privatised Britain’s railway with a new report which revealed that the three-decade debacle had seen at least £31 billion leak out of the system while...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Privatisation,
Halt ticket office closures says RMT
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch called for an urgent summit with the government, Train Companies and Passenger Watchdogs to agree a different route that keeps ticket offices open and delivers a safe, secure and accessible service that puts passengers before...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Union, Ticket Offices
RMT secures fresh strike mandate in national dispute
Around 20,000 members were balloted across 14 rail companies with all of them individually achieving over a 50 percent turnout and overwhelming 'yes' votes for further strike action. Overall 89.9%  of members voted 'yes' for more strike action on a 63.6 %  turnout. RMT general secretary...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Rail, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT slams Network Rail job cuts in track renewals
The union has warned that the latest cuts come on the back of massive government funding cuts for Control Period 7 which means a decline in renewals for the next five years. This is despite the fact that the Office for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Job Losses, Track Renewal Service
Rail Gourmet staff take strike action
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet poorer terms and conditions and lower pay than directly employed colleagues who work on the train operator.   Rail Gourmet made £1.4 million in profit last year but have refused to meet the expectations...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, RMT, Mick Lynch, TransPennine Express
Scotrail removes peak ticket fares for 6 months
The move made by the Scottish government which runs the train operator stands in stark contrast to the Westminster government approach to the railways.   RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "RMT welcomes this move which aims to increase rail...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Fares
RMT calls on Mark Harper to unshackle rail operators and end ticket office closures
Ahead of his speech to the Tory Party Conference, the RMT issued a fresh call for the Transport Secretary to step up to the plate, when it is the government who contractually controls the companies and sets the parameters of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
Network Rail and illegal strike breaking tactics
Union members at a Cardiff depot were on strike for 12 hours this week in a dispute over the imposition of rosters.   However, it has been brought to the union’s attention that Network Rail had allegedly used agency workers to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Strike
Rail Gourmet workers take strike action on TPE
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet on TransPennine Express services get lower pay and poorer terms and conditions than colleagues directly employed by the train operator. Rail Gourmet made £1.4 million in profit last year but have refused to meet...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, TPE, Strike
RMT calls for action after Network Rail fined for Carmont derailment
The company in charge of rail infrastructure in Britain admitted to health and safety failings over the rail crash at Carmont near Stonehaven three years ago which claimed three lives. A Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report concerning the train...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, Carmont, Stonehaven, RAIB
RMT statement ahead of Carmont disaster court hearing
"Network Rail need to face the full force of the law over the Carmont disaster near Stonehaven to give bereaved families some sense of justice.   "Network Rail's attitude to safety has been abysmal with staff shortages and 20 recommendations by...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Carmont, Stonehaven, RAIB, Network Rail
RMT response to RDG letter
“While it is encouraging that the train operating companies want to continue dialogue with us next week, a fresh proposal will be needed to progress this dispute towards a settlement.   “Their most recent proposal has been rejected and we...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch,
Strike action goes ahead after RDG fails to give any response to RMT initiative
RMT wrote to the Rail Delivery Group laying out a series of principles that could pave the way for a negotiated settlement to this long-running dispute.   However, rail bosses refused to even acknowledge receipt of the letter and briefed...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike, National Rail Dispute, Rail Delivery Group
Railway workers will march to Downing Street to save ticket offices
They will be joined by passenger groups and disability rights campaigners ahead of the consultation on the future of ticket, offices, closing on September 1.   There have been up to half a million responses with the overwhelming majority showing support...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Rail, Mick Lynch, Ticket Offices, #SaveTicketOffices
Unipart Rail staff take four days strike
RMT members are angry that management has been unwilling to improve a derisory 4.75% which the union has flatly rejected.   Despite attempts by union negotiators to recommend a pathway to a resolution, Unipart cancelled a last-ditch meeting, torpedoing any chance...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Unipart Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Crewe, Rail
CrossCountry rail staff take strike action
Management proposals for staff in Edinburgh would see members becoming poorer, after CrossCountry withdrew an earlier financial offer.   There is also no commitment to ensure that members currently with flexible working arrangements will continue to keep their existing agreements...
Region: National
Tagged with: CrossCountry, Strike, National Rail Dispute,
Rail Gourmet caterers to take 48 hours strike action on TransPennine Express
RMT members working for Rail Gourmet on TransPennine Express services get lower pay and poorer terms and conditions than colleagues directly employed by the train operator. Rail Gourmet made £1.4 million in profit last year but has refused to make...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, TransPennine Express, Pay Justice,
Rail workers to take further strike action on 14 train operating companies in national dispute
All members involved in the dispute are to take strike action and NOT BOOK ON for any shifts between:   0001 and 2359 hrs on Saturday 26 th  August 2023 0001 and 2359 hrs on Saturday 2 nd  September 2023   The union has been left with little...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike
Taxpayers being used to fund rail dispute to the tune of £1bn
20,000 railway workers have walked out today in a long running dispute over working conditions, job security and pay.   Rail companies have had their losses from strike action covered by taxpayer funded indemnity which has meant there is no financial...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
Rail companies raking in profit and stripping the railways of money
Train company bosses take little risk with their capital but have benefited from profits before tax, of 126% of the capital invested by rail operators.   65% of profits are locked away in shareholder dividends instead of being redistributed into improving the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Train Operating Companies, Rail Privatisation
Unipart Rail workers on strike today in Crewe
RMT members were offered a derisory 4.75% which they flatly rejected.   However, Unipart bosses have failed to send a representative of senior management to meet with the union, demonstrating their contempt of the collective bargaining process.   This is the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Unipart Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch, Pay Justice
Arriva Rail London staff working in revenue protection vote for strike action
RMT members returned an 82.3% yes vote on a 77.2% turnout.  Workers have become frustrated that a collective grievance into bullying has not been adequately dealt with and the employer is refusing to follow the right procedures in the collective bargaining agreement...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Arriva Rail London, London Overground, Revenue Protection Inspectors, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT condemns ticket office closures and slashing of station jobs
On the back of their announcement, they are issuing statutory redundancy notices for hundreds of railway workers, something RMT will fiercely oppose.   General Secretary Mick Lynch said: "The decision to close up to 1,000 ticket offices and to issue hundreds...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office Closures, Ticket Offices, Mark Harper, Rail Delivery Group, DfT, National Rail Dispute
RMT to strike for 3 days in July
RMT members working across 14 train operating companies will take strike action on 20, 22 and 29 July. Despite repeated statements from the union that we are willing to enter further negotiations, neither the rail operators nor the government have asked us to any...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
London Overground workers to be balloted for strike action
Workers are being asked whether they want to take strike action over a collective grievance not being adequately dealt with and the employer refusing to follow the right procedures in the collective bargaining agreement with the union. The ballot will...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, London Overground, Arriva Rail London, Revenue Protection Inspectors
RMT negotiate Scotrail deal
All RMT members will receive a 5% basic uplift with the lowest paid receiving as much as an 8% increase.    The pay deal was overwhelmingly endorsed by Scotrail members in a referendum.    Scotrail RMT members will also benefit from various...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, Pay
RMT expresses condolences over India railway tragedy
More than 300 are reported dead with 900 injured with the casualty list expected to rise in the coming hours and days.    RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “The thoughts of everyone within the RMT are with Indian railway workers, passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Indian Rail Disaster,
RMT writes to MPs as 20,000 railway workers' strike
In the letter, Mr Lynch accuses the government of deliberately "squandering billions of pounds on a futile war against the rail unions" and demanding that parliamentarians write to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to insist the government facilitate an improved offer...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Rail, Strike
A message for RMT members
June 1st message  
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute
Call for investigation into government policy on railway ticket offices
The union believes the government and rail companies are deliberately preventing ticket offices from selling cheaper rail tickets as part of a strategy for running down and ultimately shutting all ticket offices.    Media reports have suggested that the only...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ticket Offices, Transport Focus, Cheapest fares, Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
Railway workers in the national dispute to take strike action on June 2
The union found the RDG’s previous offer and associated conditions unacceptable and despite contact between the parties since the strike on 13   May, no new proposals have been formulated for the RMT to consider. The strike on June 2 will see...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands government acts to end rail chaos
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch has written to the Secretary of State for Transport to call for an industry summit of unions, employers and government, with an independent chair if necessary, to end chaos on the railways and resolve the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike
RMT members at train operating companies to take strike action Saturday
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that while the rail companies were threatening passengers and rail workers with cuts, the companies made a fortune during the Covid-19 pandemic. “This strike takes place in the wake of a recent re-ballot of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT marks 21 years since Potters Bar tragedy
On 10 May 2002, a northbound train to Norfolk, derailed at high speed, killing seven and injuring 76 at Potters Bar station leaving part of the train wedged between the station platforms and building structures.  Six of the victims were travelling in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Potters Bar, Rail Disaster, Network Rail, Jarvis, Modernising Maintenance,
RMT members overwhelmingly back further strike action
All the ballots passed the 50 per cent participation threshold imposed by the government’s anti-trade union laws and included massive votes for further strike action.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the overwhelming backing for further strike action across 14 train...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Ballot, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT rejects proposals as employers torpedo negotiating process
Following further discussions between the union and RDG, the employer issued a clarification on the offer RMT has been considering.   The RDG is now saying they would only implement the first-year payment of 5% if the union terminated its industrial...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike
RMT slams DfT after it signs off £82 million dividend payments to privateers
This is the despite the fact both companies are part of a major industrial dispute where hundreds of millions of pounds has been used to indemnify them against lost revenue from strike action. FirstRail Holdings Ltd, the holding company for...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, DfT, Mark Harper, First Group, Govia, Rail,
RMT update on national dispute with 14 train operators
These meetings were to further discuss the issues of the dispute - in particular Year 2 of the proposal that led to the suspension of strikes and the process of workforce reform.   However, no new document has been produced by the...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, RDG, Rail Delivery Group, Rail
RMT calls on Scottish First minister to keep ScotRail commitments
The union also called on Mr Yousaf to reverse the decline in Scotrail, by increasing services to pre-pandemic levels, investing in rail infrastructure and ruling out cuts to ScotRail ticket offices and jobs once and for all.   A recent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, ScotRail, SNP, Humza Yousaf
RMT launch Railway Work Life and Death project
The data provides a fascinating insight into the past health and safety experiences of RMT members, including risk posed by their jobs and any accidents they were involved in.    Around 25,000 records from the Amalgamated Society of Railway Servants (ASRS)...
Region: National
Tagged with: Railway Work, Life and Death Project. RMT, Health & Safety, Mick Lynch
RMT suspends national rail strikes on March 30 and April 1
The NEC has therefore suspended strike action scheduled for March 30 and April 1. RMT will have further talks with the RDG with a view to securing a new offer on pay, job security and working conditions. The dispute remains on and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike, suspended
RMT condemns Avanti West Coast contract extension
RMT has already revealed that the vast majority of Avanti West Coast cancellations are down to staff shortages and called for the company to be stripped of its franchise. The disgraced train operator Avanti also plans to scrap at seat...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, First Group, Rail,
RMT Network Rail members overwhelmingly vote to accept improved offer
In a turnout of nearly 90 per cent members voted by 76 per cent to 24 per cent to accept the offer.  The RMT National Executive has announced that the vote means the end of the trade dispute with Network Rail. The new...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
Railway Fat Cat pay increases
On the day that rail workers take strike action in defence of their jobs, pay and conditions and railway services new RMT research (below) has revealed that bosses at seven rail companies have awarded themselves annual pay rises of between...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail, Strike
RMT urges SNP candidates to support railway pledges
Ahead of a rail summit involving transport unions and Scotland's transport minister Jenny Gilruth MSP, General Secretary Mick Lynch in his letter to SNP leadership candidates, writes : "As a candidate for the SNP leadership election, I am writing to seek...
Region: National
Tagged with: SNP, ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper, Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT update on new Network Rail pay offer and referendum
The new offer involves extra money and is not conditional on accepting Network Rail’s modernising maintenance agenda which RMT does not endorse.     Network Rail's offer amounts to an uplift on salaries of between 14.4% for the lowest paid grades...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Offer, Update
RMT sends solidarity to Greek railway workers
Mr Lynch writes: "On behalf of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT Union) I am writing to you to express our deepest condolences and solidarity with the Panhellenic Union of Railways (POS) and all Greek rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Greece, Rail Disaster
RMT suspends Network Rail industrial action
Further updates will be given on aspects of the national rail dispute in the coming days. END Notes: There will be a referendum on the new offer held with further details to be announced.
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike, Network Rail
Avanti to end at seat catering in another blow for passengers
The cost cutting move will mean standard class passengers will not have the option of an at seat service, serving sandwiches, snacks and drinks.   Instead, they will have to use online "click and collect" from the shop, penalising lone...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Avanti West Coast, Avanti, At Seat catering, Rail Union
Engineering workers at Balfour Beatty to strike
Over 100 workers will take the action after rejecting the company's offer of 5.5pc increase in pay from April 2022. RMT members overwhelmingly rejected this and will now take strike action in March with a series of 36-hour stoppages on the following...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch, Balfour Beatty
RMT announces further strikes and overtime ban in national rail dispute
The union which represents 40,000 workers across Network Rail and 14 train operators rejected offers from employers last week, as they did not meet the needs of members on pay, job security or working conditions. Rail workers will now launch a programme...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT marks Tebay tragedy anniversary
During a night shift, an out of control 16-tonne steel wagon rolled down the West Coast Main Line reaching speeds of 40 mph before colliding with several track workers.   Four RMT members tragically died and another 5 were injured in the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Tebay, Tragedy, RMT, Network Rail, Mick Lynch
RMT rejects rail industry offers
Following a wide ranging and in-depth consultation with every level of the union involved in the national rail dispute, the NEC decided to reject both offers on the basis that they do not meet members expectations on pay, job security...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Grant Shapps played destructive role in rail dispute
Following  comments made by Network Rail boss Andrew Haines  suggesting former Transport Secretary Grant Shapps's "noisy political rhetoric" had "galvanised” rail workers to take strike action, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "We have said from the very beginning Grant...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Grant Shapps, Network Rail, Andrew Haines, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute,
ORR shares RMT safety concerns over Network Rail modernisation plans
During the meeting, representatives of the ORR indicated they shared some of the union's concerns. RMT has repeatedly warned that Network Rail's plans to meet £400m DFT mandated cost savings, are a serious threat to the safe running of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Modernising Maintenance, RMT, Mick Lynch
EHRC expresses concerns over DOO
The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has expressed concerns over changes to rail services that could impact on the disabled and vulnerable.     Responding to a letter signed by dozens of MPs and peers, highlighting the impact of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Driver Only Operation, DOO, Ticket Offices, EHRC, Equality and Human Rights Commission, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Disabled Passengers
Elizabeth Line maintenance workers to take 24 hours strike action
Workers taking part in the action are currently being paid significantly less than similar positions across the network.   Rail for London Infrastructure which employs the workers, has offered four per cent but workers at MTR – the outsourced part...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Elizabeth Line, MTR, Rail for London, Maintenance, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Union
RMT response to Network Rail revised offer
"We have received a revised offer from Network Rail and our NEC will consider its contents. “No decision has been made on the proposals nor any of the elements within them.  "We will now consult members through branch and regional...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Network Rail, Offer, Mick Lynch, RMT
RMT receives fresh offer from RDG
The union's NEC will now consider the detail within the offer and what next steps to take.   The proposals include detailed documentation covering a range of issues that affect all of our grade groups at these 14 companies and will...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
Rail minister admits settling dispute cheaper than allowing strikes to continue
The rail minister was asked if it had cost more to the government and the economy to bankroll the dispute than it would have done to settle it earlier. Mr Merriman replied: “If you look at it in that particular...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch, Huw Merriman
RMT takes further strike action on Elizabeth Line
Rail for London (Infrastructure) (RfL(I)), a wholly-owned TfL subsidiary, manages the infrastructure for the Crossrail Central Operating Section of the Elizabeth Line. Affected workers are currently being paid significantly less than similar positions across the network. RfLI has offered four...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Elizabeth Line, TfL, Rail for London
RMT exposes government’s control of rail dispute
In a briefing published ahead of a meeting with the Rail Minister Huw Merriman, RMT has exposed the fact that far from being a ‘facilitator’ of negotiations, it is the government that is in complete control of the dispute and...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Mick Lynch, Huw Merriman
Train company pandemic profits top £300 million
Private Train Operating Companies at the heart of the long-running rail dispute have made more than £300 million in profits since the government put them on new contracts when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, RMT research reveals.  While rail workers have...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Mick Lynch, Pandemic Profits
RMT calls out government
40,000 workers on Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take action on 3,4,6 and 7 this week, shutting down most rail services across the country.   Despite the union's best efforts over the Christmas period, rail employers have not arranged any formal...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch
National Rail Cleaners Dispute Pickets
Hastings Station AM 1000-1400 PM Tbc East Croydon 1000-1400 Kings Cross 0730- 1200 London Bridge Tbc Kings Lynn 1000-1400 Oxley depot (Wolverhampton) 19:30-21:30 Brighton 12:30-15:00 Euston 1000-1200 Cannon street 1000-1500 0700-1100 outside Peterborough station 0800-1200 Piccadilly approach Manchester Crewe 0900 - 1200 crewe Station top Dover priory 0800 -1100 Gillingham 0930-12 30 National Cleaners Dispute
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Cleaners Dispute, Justice For Cleaners, Fight For Fifteen, RMT, Mick Lynch
Ministers missing as rail strikes go ahead
Since meeting the minister last week there have been no further scheduled negotiations to try to prevent upcoming strikes on Network Rail. The union has done deals in every part of the railway network where the Department for Transport is...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT wins TfW pay award
After intense negotiations and no strike action, RMT members won between a 6.6% and 9.5% pay rise, on the Welsh government owned operator.   RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “I congratulate members on securing a negotiated settlement on pay and conditions....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, TfW, Transport for Wales, Pay Deal, Rail,
RMT agrees to all-industry talks
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that the minister requested further talks between RMT and the employers in order to find resolutions. “These meetings will be arranged but in the meantime all industrial action remains in place,” he said.
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT welcomes rock solid 48-hour strike across the railways
RMT is due to meet the rail minister and industry chiefs tomorrow in a bid to come to a negotiated settlement on job security, pay and working conditions on Network Rail and the Train Operating Companies General Secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Union, RMT, Mick Lynch
No to network Rail offer
RMT members from Network Rail have voted overwhelmingly to reject the latest offer from company bosses.   It means that all strike action this week, from 6pm Christmas Eve until 6am on December 27 and into the new year, remains on...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Pay Jobs and Conditions, Network Rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT request talks with Rishi Sunak
Rail union RMT request talks with PM to resolve rail strikes. Letter below. 10 Downing Street London ​ SW1A 2AA     9 th  December 2022       Dear Prime Minister ,   National  Rail strikes   I’m writing to you to ask you...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rishi Sunak, RMT, Mick Lynch
Merseyrail cleaners to protest against outsourcing
The cleaners have fought a long-running campaign for fair pay and to be brought in house, winning support from across the City Region. Last year Seven MPs, the Mayor of Liverpool and councillors from Labour, Lib Dems, Greens and Tories...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail Cleaners, Protest
RMT Rail Strike Update
RMT has just heard from the RDG and there will be no revised offer from them on the TOC-side of the dispute and they have been instructed by the Government instead to take on the strike action set out, rather...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
DOO intervention scandal
Secretary of State for Transport Mark Harper repeatedly refused to deny that Number 10 had intervened to scupper a deal in the rail dispute by inserting a precondition that the union accept Driver Only operation.    The Secretary of State was...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mark Harper, DfT, Mick Lynch, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT to put Network Rail offer to members
All strike action planned for December 13,14, 16 and 17 will go ahead as planned.  Furthermore, further strike action will take place and members will be instructed not to book on from between 18.00 hours on December 24 through to 05.59 hours December 27 2022. This strike coincides...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Delivery Group, network Rail,
RMT reject Rail Delivery Group offer
After months of no offer at all from the RDG, finally the DfT gave rail operators a mandate to make a proposal to the RMT. The RDG is offering 4% in 2022 and 2023 which is conditional on RMT members accepting vast changes to...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, Rail Delivery Group, network Rail,
Railway access for disabled will worsen under ticket office closure plan
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, RMT can reveal that 98% of ticket office staff who took part in our survey say government plans will mean accessing the network will be harder for the elderly and disabled.    A massive...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Ticket Office, International Day of Persons with Disabilities, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT accuses government of sitting on their hands in rail dispute
General Secretary Mick Lynch is due to meet the Rail Minister Huw Merriman and rail employer representatives this coming Friday. However, RMT have said the government's "lack of urgency" is "astonishing," given the strike action scheduled to start in two...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail Strike
RMT win big pay rise in ScotRail
Following our industrial campaign which included two days of strikes, most Scotrail members have won a pay rise of between 7 and 9% backdated to April, an extension of the no compulsory guarantee for 6 years and a series of payments to enhance...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, pay, strike, rail, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT announces 4 weeks of industrial action
Over 40,000 members across Network and 14 Train Operating Companies will take strike action on 13, 14, 16 and 17 December and on January 3,4,6 and 7.   There will also be an overtime ban across the railways from 18 December until 2 January, meaning RMT be taking industrial action...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs, Pay and Conditions,
Train companies cancel negotiations and make no offer in national rail dispute
Similarly, Network Rail has also refused to make any proposals promised at the conclusion of intensive talks last week. RMT suspended strike action on the basis that they would make new proposals by November 17 and it has failed to table...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT renews national rail strike mandate for another 6 months
Across both Network Rail and 14 train operating companies, the average turnout was 70.2% with a 'yes' vote of 91.7%.   It means RMT members in these areas will be able to take strike action for potentially another 6-month period.   RMT general...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch
Government falling behind on transport climate targets
On the eve of the Global Day of Action on Climate Justice to coincide with COP27, union research shows that Network Rail is currently completely failing to match its net zero commitments on decarbonising our railways, ensuring that Britain continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Rail, Climate Targets, COP27, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT suspends rail strikes
Rail union RMT has suspended planned strikes on Nov 5, 7 and 9 and will now enter into a period of intensive negotiations with Network Rail and the train operating companies.   Through a strong industrial campaign so far, RMT has secured unconditional...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT adds new strike date in national rail dispute
Network Rail members are already scheduled to strike on 5, 7 and 9 November in the national rail dispute. In a separate set of strikes, TfL and London Overground (Arriva Rail London) will walkout on November 10. END The 14 train operating companies we are...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT update on national rail strike days
Network Rail members will be on strike on those days and members working for the train operating companies will take action on 5th of November.   In separate disputes, London Underground and Overground (Arriva Rail London) members will take strike...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Rail strike, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT response to Minimum Service Levels Bill
Legislation is being put forward by the government focused solely on the railways and legally preventing workers from having the right to withdraw their labour. Amongst the new raft of threats being levelled at RMT members includes: Unions will lose...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Minimum Service Levels Bill, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs, Pay and Conditions
RMT launch strikes on train operating companies in national rail dispute
Strike action will coincide with RMT members on Network Rail, London Underground and Overground who are also walking out. Despite repeated negotiations, the Rail Delivery Group has failed to offer RMT members any offer on pay, jobs and conditions. RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions,
RMT announces new Network Rail strike dates
Rail union RMT will take 3 days of coordinated strike action next month after Network Rail attempted to impose drastic changes in working practices on their staff.   Following intense negotiations with RMT, there was an agreement where the company would...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Network Rail, National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT writes to Transport Secretary ahead of Saturday strike
Over 40,000 railway workers will take an eighth day of strike action in an on-going national rail dispute with Network Rail and 14 train operating companies. In the letter, Mr Lynch acknowledged the comments made by the Transport Secretary at the Tory...
Region: National
Tagged with: Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Transport Secretary, RMT, Mick Lynch, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions
RMT responds to Office for Rail and Road report
"The political thrust of this report is to target the pay and conditions of maintenance workers and station staff - the very same railway workers facing mass job cuts. "The ORR also fails to acknowledge the extortionate pay of Network Rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, ORR, Office for Rail and Road, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT marks Ladbroke Grove rail disaster
Ladbroke Grove was one of a number of disasters under the watch of the privatised Railtrack, ultimately leading to its abolition and creation of the publicly owned company, Network Rail.    However, RMT is warning that casualisation, a myriad of...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Ladbroke Grove, Rail Accident, Mick Lynch
Music legends back RMT strike action
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes} together with Dexys’ Kevin Rowland and Sean Read, plus Jesus and Mary Chain bassist Douglas Hart have joined forces to produce a song and video in support of RMT’s fight against low pay...
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Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Enough Is Enough, RMT, Mick Lynch, Primal Scream, Dexys, Kevin Rowland, Bobby Gillespie
Rail Dispute Update
Rail Dispute Update: 30 th  September 2022 RMT will be taking further strike action on 1 st  and 8 th  October, following our suspension of action on the death of Her Majesty the Queen. This action has been called because of failure to make...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT,
RMT accuse government of supporting "railway rich" bosses
Railway bosses stand to gain up to £61,000 per annum from the Chancellor’s tax giveaway for the better off. They stand to get more from the government’s tax cut than most RMT members will earn in a year and in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch, Rail,
RMT letter to EHRC
Baroness Falkner of Margravine Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission Windsor House 50 Victoria Street London SW1H 0TL By email to:  correspondence@equalityhumanrights.com Dear Lady Falkner, Railway staffing and accessibility 27.09.22 I am writing to your regarding the impact of transport policies on...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, EHRC, DOO, Ticket Offices, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute
RMT on Labour Party Rail Nationalisation announcement
"We welcome the Labour Party committing itself to public ownership of the railways.    "Tackling the greed and inefficiency of the private sector in our railways and other public services should be a key priority for the next Labour government. ...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT, Mick Lynch, Labour, Louise Haigh, Nationalisation, Rail, Railway,
RMT to take strike action 10 October on ScotRail
ScotRail bosses have offered 5% but with inflation running at well over 11%, and a cost-of-living crisis that shows no signs of ending, RMT is demanding the company puts forward a decent proposal. The day long stoppage will take place on 10 October,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Strike
RMT announces new strike date in national rail dispute
Over 40,000 RMT members from Network Rail and 15 train operating companies will take to picket lines, effectively shutting down the railway network. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said that it was encouraging that the new Transport Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP had...
Region: National
Tagged with: National Rail Dispute, Defend Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT, Strike, Rail Strike, Mick Lynch
RMT to strike across the rail network on October 1st
The 24-hour action which will bring the railway to an effective standstill, comes after the union received no further offers from the rail industry to help come to a negotiated settlement.   In separate disputes, Arriva Rail London members, Hull...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, national rail dispute, Mick Lynch, defend rail jobs pay and conditions,
RMT writes to new Transport Secretary urging fresh approach
Ms Trevelyan was appointed yesterday and is on record as opposing ticket office closures in her constituency.   In November last year, the Berwick MP held talks with rail operator LNER in a bid to reverse its proposals to cut...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, national rail dispute, Mick Lynch, Anne Marie Trevelyan,
RMT announce new strike dates in national rail dispute
Over 40,000 RMT members from Network Rail and 14 train operating companies will take to picket lines, effectively shutting down the railway network. In separate disputes, Hull Trains and Arriva Rail London will also be taking one day of strike action on...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, grant Shapps, rail dispute, national rail dispute, defend rail jobs, pay and conditions,
Support for striking workers declared by 600 Labour councillors
Amid a wave of strikes over pay and increasing talk of coordinated industrial action this autumn, the councillors signed an open letter saying they offered “full solidarity and support” to the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers’ union (RMT), the Communication...
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, cwt, unite, Labour Party, councillors, national rail dispute,
Shapps threatens to impose fire and re-hire
The Tory minister told Sky News that if the dispute cannot be settled “we will have to move to what’s called a Section 188, it’s a process of actually requiring these changes to go into place”.  RMT general secretary Mick Lynch...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Grant Shapps, RMT, Mick Lynch
RMT demands government stops blocking settlement
The union insisted that by refusing to meet with RMT while dictating how the train companies conduct the negotiations through a ‘shameful and irresponsible use of taxpayers’ money’. “Your government has made the decision to use taxpayer’s money to bailout...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Mick Lynch,
RMT confirms national rail and tube strikes to go ahead
Over 50,000 workers across Network Rail, London Overground, London Underground and other 14 train operating companies will walkout this week following no breakthrough in any talks. RMT members on London Overground voted overwhelmingly for strike action after rejecting a below inflation pay...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, Rail Strike, RMT,
Picket Line details 18 - 20 August
South East and Anglia Brighton Station 09:00 – 15:00 Brighton (Lovers Walk) & Brighton (New England Road) 07:00 – 12:00 Dover Priory (Southeastern) Thursday 06:00 – 14:00 Saturday 06:00 – 12:00 Dover Yard (Network Rail) Thursday & Saturday 06:00 – 12:00 Canterbury East (Southeastern) 09:00 – 12:00 Tonbridge Traincrew depot, Preston Road,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, National Rail Dispute, RMT, Picket
RMT responds to Grant Shapps
Responding to a national newspaper interview with Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, RMT general secretary Mick Lynch: "Grant Shapps is a dreadful minister who is continuing his dereliction of duty by issuing idol threats, against railway workers, all for the sake...
Region: National
Tagged with: Grant Shapps, National Rail Dispute, Defend Rail Jobs Pay and Conditions, RMT
RMT marks two years since Carmont tragedy
Despite the Rail Accident Investigation Branch making 20 recommendations in March earlier this year to improve safety when it reported into the causes of the tragedy, they have not been implemented. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We are extremely concerned...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Carmont, Network Rail, Rail Tragedy, RMT
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,
Strike action on Tube to go ahead
Transport workers on the London Underground and Overground network will take 24-hour strike action in separate disputes on August 19th. Tube workers have been locked in a dispute over attacks to pensions and jobs for over 6 months while Overground workers...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Tube Strike, London Underground, London Overground, Arriva Rail London, Tube, Strike, RMT, Tube 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
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 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
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
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
Mick Lynch message
Mick Lynch message to members 260722
Region: National
Tagged with: Britain's specialist transport union, rail union, trade union, UK
RMT confirms national rail strike to go ahead next Wednesday 
RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “Strike action will take place next Wednesday as planned and our members are more determined than ever to secure a decent pay rise, job security and good working conditions.  “Network Rail have not made...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Strike, Network Rail
RMT on hottest day ever in Britain
"Climate change is one of the most significant challenges faced by humanity and the railways is part of the sustainable green future people need. "The government is committing industrial and environmental vandalism by making these cuts. At the same time,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Heat, Rail, Climate Change, Rail 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 for greater protection of railway workers following stabbing
They were taken to Basildon Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. At the time of the incident, station staff were ferried into the ticket office where they could be secure from any further attacks. The incident underlines the crucial role...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tilbury Station, Stabbing, Rail Union, 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
Merseyrail guards agree historic deal securing 220 jobs
It means the new class of train can be rolled out and the role of the train manager has been protected for the long term future. RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: “We congratulate the dogged determination of our members...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Guard, Conductor
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
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,
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
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,
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
RMT holds ScotRail day of action on 1 April
On Friday 1st April, the day ScotRail enters public ownership, RMT is holding a day of action at 12:00 outside Glasgow Queen Street Station to call on the Scottish Government to create a properly funded rail operator that delivers for passengers,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Day of Action
RMT slams Great British Railways as a ‘tawdry vehicle for private looting’
RAIL UNION RMT said today that Great British Railways was becoming a sick joke as it was confirmed Go-Ahead Group’s Govia would be awarded a three year contract to run the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise in spite of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Govia, Great British Railways
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,
Carmont Rail accident Report
In response to the official investigation into the Carmont Rail tragedy RMT has today called for an urgent rail safety summit of the Scottish and UK Government’s, the rail unions, Network Rail, the rail infrastructure companies and operators to prevent...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Carmont, Carillion, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, RAIB, Accident, Tragedy
Scottish Government’s statement on Carmont
Commenting on the Scottish Transport Minister’s statement on the Carmont Rail accident Report, RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “RMT has been leading the calls for an urgent safety summit to prevent future rail tragedies, so we welcome the Scottish...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Carmont, Carillion, Rail Accident Investigation Branch, RAIB, Accident, Tragedy, Network Rail
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
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,
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,
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,
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
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
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
RMT Catering survey
A survey of over 1000 rail workers who supply and help sell food and drink on the UK’s railways has revealed that 85% of rail caterers think that the Government and train companies will look to cut catering services and jobs in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Catering, Railway, Survey, Justice for Caterers
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
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 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
RMT on COVID-linked rail reductions
"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 to services and staffing levels...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Reductions, Staff Shortages
Scottish Government “playing fast and loose with people’s lives” following “swingeing” cuts to rail infrastructure budget
RMT highlighted that these budget cuts come before the final report into the rail disaster at Carmont in Aberdeenshire which is expected in January 2022 and will likely make recommendations for the Scottish Government and Network Rail Scotland to increase infrastructure...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotland, Cuts, Rail
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
RMT take SWR cuts protests to Parliament tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT today revealed widespread political opposition to “swingeing” cuts to South Western Railway services as they take protests to Parliament tomorrow to mark twelve months before the Government takes the axe to hundreds of peak and off-peak rail...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Cuts
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
RMT suspends East Midlands Railway strike
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has suspended East Midlands Railway strike action by ‎Senior Conductors ‎ and Train Managers this weekend to allow for talks on new union proposals but has warned of further action later this month...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Senior Conductors, Train Managers, Class 360, Strike Action
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
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
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,
East Midlands Railways staff to strike again
RAIL UNION RMT said that Train Managers and Senior Conductors on East Midlands Railway will be striking again in separate disputes. The action is taking place after the union suspended ongoing strike action and participated in weeks of negotiations which...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Conductors, Train Managers, Strike
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
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,
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 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
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
RMT Scotrail members continue their battle today as Scottish rail workers step up fight for pay justice during COP26
General Secretary Mick Lynch said "Our members are standing firm across Scotland again in this on-‎going fight for workplace justice. It comes at the end of a week when our members voted by a massive majority to strike throughout COP26...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Strike
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
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 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
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 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
Electricity price hike threatens rail freight
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that a 200% increase from Network Rail on electricity charges to rail freight operators risks wrecking the industry while jacking up the use of diesel on both rail and road – making a nonsense of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Electricity Charges, Electricity Costs, Diesel,
Urgent questions for Govt over Southeastern
Britain’s biggest specialist transport union has written to the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps calling for urgent answers to questions raised by the DfT’s contracts with Southeastern railways and other train companies after the Department was forced to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southeastern, Govia, Go-Ahead, Rail Franchise, OLR, Nationalisation,
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,
RMT demands an immediate halt to rail service cuts
RAIL UNION RMT today called upon the UK and Scottish Governments to immediately intervene to put a halt on planned cuts to rail services and jobs in the rail industry as new statistics show a massive increase in rail passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: South Western Railway, ScotRail, Network Rail, Rail Cuts,
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 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,
Campaign coalition calls on the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to block the proposed ScotRail service cuts
As the public consultation over Abellio ScotRail’s proposed timetable closes today, Friday 1st October, a coalition of unions and passenger, environmental, pensioner and campaign organisations have written to the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to call on her to intervene and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, Cuts
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 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
East Midlands Railways staff united again today
RAIL UNION RMT said that East Midlands Railways staff are standing united and determined again today in their on-going fights for workplace justice and safety. RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “The determination of our members in the fight for...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Conductors, Train Managers, Strike
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,
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
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
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 demands “discredited” SWR cuts scrapped
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded answers from the Government, Network Rail and South Western Railway (SWR) after the research commissioned by SWR that shaped proposals to cut hundreds of services from South Western Railway’s timetable from December 2022 was cast into...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Cuts, Network Rail
Action solidly supported again today on East Midlands Railways
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "I want to pay tribute to our members who are standing firm again today on East Midlands Railways in the two on-going disputes as the company gambles on passenger safety instead of getting round...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Conductors, Train Managers, Strike
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
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 protest at Waterloo tomorrow
RAIL Union RMT is stepping up the campaign on Monday against “swingeing cuts” on South Western Railway which will unleash an attack on rail services, jobs and pay unseen since the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. South Western Railway and...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: SWR, South Western Railway, Network Rail, Consultation, Cuts, Waterloo
RMT launches campaign against SWR cuts
RAIL Union RMT will launch a campaign on Monday against “swingeing cuts” on South Western Railway which will unleash an attack on rail services, jobs and pay unseen since the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. South Western Railway and Network...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Network Rail, Cuts
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
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
Action solidly supported again today on East Midlands Railways
RAIL UNION RMT said that action by Senior Conductors and Train Managers on East Midlands Railways in two separate disputes remains solidly supported today as the union begins compiling a dossier of potentially lethal safety breaches as the company drafts...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Conductors, Train Managers, Strike
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,
Merseyside politicians unite to slam Merseyrail’s treatment of heroic cleaners
The open letter, signed by 7 Labour MPs, Liverpool Mayor Joanne Anderson and 49 Labour, Green, Liberal Democrat and Conservative councillors from across Merseyside, condemns Merseyrail for ‘presiding over the appalling mistreatment of this heroic workforce’ after cleaners employed by Stadler were...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Cleaners
RMT Edinburgh Rail Gourmet staff to take further strike action in fight for workplace justice
As a result of the continued failure of the company to agree to meet with the union and negotiate a fair and just settlement members have been instructed not to book on for shifts as follows; • 06.00 hours on Friday...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Strike, Edinburgh
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
East Midlands Railways members united and determined
RAIL UNION‎ RMT said that it's senior conductor and train manager members remain united and determined in separate East Midlands Railways disputes this morning. Senior conductors have been engaged in a four month fight for pay and contract justice while...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railways, Senior Conductor, Train Manager, Strike
RMT campaign to stop wholesale post-COVID rail cuts
RAIL UNION RMT said today that is stepping up the campaign against a cynical and opportunist wave of post-COVID cuts to jobs and services on Britain's railways – warning that savage proposals being drawn up by both Scotrail and South...
Region: National
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, ScotRail, Abellio, Cuts, Covid-19,
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
RMT on SWR plans to slash services
MAIN RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris demanding he intervene to stop plans by train operator South Western Railway to make swingeing cuts to trains and services which could see the wholesale axing of jobs and...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Services, Cuts,
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,
Train Managers to strike on East Midlands Railway
RAIL UNION RMT said that Train Managers on East Midlands Railway will be striking again this Sunday and throughout August and September as they escalate industrial action in their ongoing dispute over safety on Class 360 trains. East Midlands Railway has...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Train Managers, Strike, Safety,
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,
RMT to ballot cleaners on Stadler
RAIL Union RMT today began balloting cleaners employed by outsourcing company Stadler on Merseyrail services for strike action, following attempts to trample over member’s pay, terms and conditions. Cleaners on Merseyrail are being threatened with the sack unless they sign...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Stadler, Cleaners, Fire and Rehire, Steve Rotheram,
RMT demands action from safety regulator
RAIL UNION RMT has written to the head of the safety regulatory body demanding they intervene ‎to stop East Midlands Railways using ill-trained and under-prepared bus coordinators as "contingency guards" on London services on Sunday when Train Managers strike again...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, EMR, Conductors, Contingency Guards, Strike, Train Managers,
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 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
Train Managers strike on East Midlands Railway rock solid
RAIL UNION RMT said that strike action by Train Managers on East Midlands Railway is rock solid today kicking off a programme of action throughout August and September in an escalation of the ongoing dispute over safety on Class 360 trains....
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Class 360, Train Managers, Senior Conductors, Strike
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 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
Train Managers to strike on East Midlands Railway
RAIL UNION RMT said that Train Managers on East Midlands Railway will be striking on Sundays from this weekend and throughout August and September as they escalate industrial action in their ongoing dispute over safety on Class 360 trains. East Midlands...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Senior Conductors, Train Managers, Safety, 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,
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,
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
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
£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
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
Train Managers to strike on East Midlands Railway
RAIL UNION RMT said that Train Managers on East Midlands Railway will be striking on Sundays in August and September as they escalate industrial action in their ongoing dispute over safety on Class 360 trains. East Midlands Railway has imposed new...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, EMR, Train Managers, Strike, Safety,
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 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,
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
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,
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
Justice for Cleaners Demonstration
RMT has called a demonstration outside Parliament as part of the union’s campaign to end the privatisation of cleaning. The demonstration – Cleaners are Essential; Justice for Cleaners – will take place on 20 July at 12pm opposite Old Palace Yard,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Justice for Cleaners, Outsourcing, Rail,
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 responds to rail regulator report
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to rail regulator the Office of Rail and Road’s annual report into Network Rail’s performance and safety. The report, which details Network Rail’s record over the last 12 months praises the rail industry for its response...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Covid-19, Rail Regulator, Office of Rail and Road, Health and Safety
Edinburgh Rail Gourmet staff strike to go ahead tomorrow
The action follows a recent 100% vote by members in support of strike action. Rail Gourmet members at Edinburgh Waverley are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between: • 06.00 hours on Wednesday 14th July 2021 until 05.59 hours on...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Strike, Edinburgh Waverley, Bullying, Harassment
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,
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
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
Edinburgh Rail Gourmet staff to strike after 100% vote for action
The action will take place as follows. Rail Gourmet members at Edinburgh Waverley are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between: • 06.00 hours on Wednesday 14th July 2021 until 05.59 hours on Thursday 15th July 2021 • 06.00 hours on...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Edinburgh Waverley, Catering,
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 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 London Overground Protest to take place on Monday 28 June
The socially distanced protest will take place on Monday 28th June between 15:30 – 18:00 outside the Arriva Rail London head office, Overground House, 125 Finchley Road, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 6HY. The issues are: • Arriva Rail London and Carlisle Support Services'...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Overground, Arriva Rail London, Overground House, Travel Safe Officers, Cleaners,
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
RMT guards to bring negotiating table to East Midlands Railway
RAIL UNION RMT announced today that in addition to strike action going ahead this Sunday it will be setting up a negotiating table outside East Midlands Railway offices in Nottingham in bid to get the company to sit down to...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Guards, Train Managers, Strike,
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
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
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 calls for urgent progress on new Merseyrail fleet
RAIL UNION RMT today called for urgent progress to be made over the introduction of the new fleet of Merseyrail trains warning that the expensive new units are being left to rust in the sidings at serious cost to the...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Guards, Fleet, Merseytravel, Metro Mayor
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 announces further strike dates on East Midlands Railway
The dispute is over the company issuing inferior contracts to some train guards. EMR Senior Conductor members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between: • 0001 Hours and 2359 Hours on Sunday 27th June 2021 • 0001 Hours and...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Train Guards, Contracts
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
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
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 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
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
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,
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
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 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,
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 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 accuses the Government of deceiving the British public
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has accused the Government of deceiving the British public and transport workers with a Queen’s Speech that made no mention of their planned cuts agenda across rail and bus sectors. Network Rail are currently planning cuts that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Tory Government, Cuts Agenda, Rail, Bus
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 conductors to strike on East Midlands Railway over safety
East Midlands Railway have imposed different contracts that include a reduction of £5,500 in the first year of employment and are also rostering additional hours expected to be worked that are explicitly against the terms and conditions. The National Executive...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: East Midlands Railway, Senior Conductors, Safety
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
Merseyrail accused of ‘pandemic profiteering’ as shareholders get £3 million dividend
Merseyrail bosses paid the shareholders of Serco and Dutch state subsidiary Abellio a £3 million dividend in March 2020 while the heroic staff who kept services running are expected to endure a 2 year pay freeze and cleaners who have kept their...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail
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
RMT calls on National Rail Enquiries and Train Operating Companies to ensure accessibility for their website
RAIL UNION RMT issued a reminded to the rail industry today of their legal requirement to ensure their websites are accessible for all following their decisions to colour their websites grey during the period of national mourning for Price Philip....
Region: National
Tagged with: Disability Rail Websites
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
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 backs Eurostar support calls
With the Government set to publish its plans for the return of international travel today (Monday) Eurostar union RMT has backed growing calls this morning from across for the industry for the Government to put in place a specific support...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Save Eurostar, Rail Jobs
Scotrail conductors standing firm and united
RAIL UNION RMT said that Scotrail conductors are standing firm and united on a second day of strike action in a fight for workplace equality and justice over enhanced payments for rest day working. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Rest Day Working
Second phase of RMT ScotRail action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that a second phase of 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. Union members have had...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: ScotRail, Abellio, Conductors, Overtime, Rest Day Working
RMT on reports today of crisis talks over future of Eurostar
"It is essential that the government steps up and plays its part in creating a bridge to saving the Eurostar service. "They need to work with their French and Belgian counterparts, along with the financiers, to save this essential link...
Region: National
Tagged with: Eurostar, Save Eurostar, Rail,
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 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
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 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 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 on Government cuts agenda
Responding to Network Rail’s final report on how the resilience of the UK’s rail network can be improved, in light of the Stonehaven tragedy last year RMT has warned that the Government cuts agenda will damage efforts to make the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Network Rail, Tory Government, Rail Enhancements
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 response to Merseyrail Kirby derailment this evening
"RMT is aware of this incident and we will ensure that we are fully engaged in the investigation currently underway by the relevant bodies.  "It is essential that the full facts are established and in the meantime the union will...
Region: National
Tagged with: Merseyrail, Kirby, Derailment
RMT set to declare dispute with Rail Gourmet
RAIL UNION RMT has today condemned catering firm Rail Gourmet for pursuing members at their Edinburgh depot who have tested positive for Covid-19 to attend disciplinary hearings for raising related health and safety concerns while they are in isolation and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Gourmet, Great Western Railway, Edinburgh, Justice for Caterers
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 COVID-related assaults at Lewisham station
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding urgent action in defence of staff safety at Lewisham railway station in the wake of a surge of COVID-related assaults on staff. The demands have been issued following a meeting with station operator Southeastern yesterday....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, Southeastern, Lewisham Railway Station, Assualts, Lone Working
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 pledges national fight for COVID-safe working on Britain's railways
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is kicking off a new fight for COVID-safe working practices on Britain's railways after being presented with proposals through the Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum that the union says will place lives on the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, RICF, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Railway, Covid-safe working,
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 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 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 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
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 ramps up campaign to protect catering services on SWR
SWR’s decision puts over 130 jobs at risk of redundancy in January 2021, and shows no regard for passengers who now risk losing the catering provision across SWR services. Thousands of passengers have already signed an online petition calling for catering services...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, On-Board Catering, Elior,
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 Margam call
RAIL UNION RMT is calling for the establishment of a new body to oversee the Rail Accident Investigation Branch's recommendations in the wake of publication of their report into the Margam Rail tragedy in which two union members were killed....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Margam, RAIB, Rail Accident Investigation Branch
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
RMT welcomes MPs support for SWR campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomes support from cross-party MPs who have tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion calling for the Government to urgently intervene and reverse South Western Railway’s reckless decision to axe its on-board catering provision. SWR’s decision puts...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Elior, On-Board Catering,
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 responds to Freight statistics
RAIL UNION RMT today responded to The Office of Rail and Road’s quarterly rail freight statistics that show the rail freight sector making a slow recovery from the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis during the second quarter of 2020 (July to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Office of Rail and Road, ORR, Covid-19
RMT condemns South Western Railway's catering cuts
RAIL UNION RMT has condemned rail operator South Western Railway’s plans to terminate its on-board catering contract with Elior, a plan which puts over 130 jobs at risk of redundancy, and demanded that the DfT intervene and reverse this reckless decision....
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: South Western Railway, SWR, Elior, On-Board Catering,
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 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 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 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 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 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 responds to new report on skills crisis facing the rail industry
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This report shows we are now seeing the consequences of a policy which in recent decades has seen railway engineering such as track and signal construction and train building and train maintenance being fragmented...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Industry, City & Guilds, National Skills Academy for Rail, Train Building, Maintenance, Engineering, Track, Signals, S&T
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 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 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 Scotrail guards to strike at Glasgow Central
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that Scotrail guards are to strike at Glasgow Central in a series of actions from the end of this month over the abuse of disciplinary procedures Following a ballot RMT's Lead Officer and local Union...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Scotrail, guards, conductors, Glasgow Central,
‎RMT response to RAIB report into tragedy at Margam
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Our first thoughts are with the families and friends of our members who lost their lives and our members who witnessed this tragic incident. "The RAIB report is comprehensive and raises many issues of concern...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Margam, RAIB, Network Rail
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,
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
Cross Country Franchise extension
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The Government, who are financially supporting the train operators, should have seized the opportunity to cut out the middleman and bring the Cross Country operation into direct public ownership. "RMT will be studying the details...
Region: National
Tagged with: Cross Country, Arriva, Rail Franchise
RMT responds 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
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
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
RMT names and shames Siemens
RAIL UNION RMT today named and shamed the multinational giant Siemens as one of the bad bosses continuing to operate on Britain's railways, as the company continues to deny recognition despite the majority of staff on the Govia Thameslink Railway’s...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Siemens, Siemens Mobility, Govia Thameslink Railway, GTR,
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 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 responds to rail freight statistics
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today responded to rail freight usage and performance statistics released by the Office of Rail and Road that show a record breaking fall in rail freight moved and lifted during the first quarter of the 2020 financial period...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Rail Freight, Office of Rail and Road, ORR
RMT responds to Government’s extension of Emergency Measures
Responding to an announcement that the Government is extending Emergency Measures Agreements on UK rail franchises with new ERMA’s contracts transport union RMT today called on the Government to cut out the middleman and bring all UK rail franchises into...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Emergency Measures Agreements, ERMA, Rail Franchises, Rail
RMT 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 responds to reports of a 10% cut to autumn timetable services across Britain's railways
"Plans to slash the autumn timetable by ten per cent across the board would be a retrograde and damaging step that flies in the face of the Government plans to get Britain back to work. "RMT is demanding full restoration...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, timetable, cut
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,
Rail union RMT responds to planned fare hike
“The fact that this Government appears to be pushing ahead with yet another extortionate fare rise in January shows just how out of touch they are. "This regressive fare increase hits the low paid hardest and will only serve to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Flexible Season Tickets, Ticketing, Rail Fares
New RMT analysis shows on rail fare savings
RMT has called on the Government to slash fares rather than raise them as expected today simply by using £500 million that would otherwise be paid to private rail companies during the Covid-19 crisis. Recent research by RMT found that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Flexible Season Tickets, Ticketing, Rail Fares
RMT report supports introduction of flexible season tickets
RMT today called on the Government to implement a simple National scheme for flexible ticketing on our railways with immediate effect to give passengers more flexibility in their travel options as the railway union has today published a report called...
Region: National
Tagged with: Flexible Season Tickets, Ticketing, Rail Fares
RMT marks anniversary of the breaking of the colour bar at Euston station
On August 15 1966 the colour bar at Euston station was finally defeated when West Indian guard Asquith Xavier was allowed to start work after initially being refused a job. British Railways had announced, after negotiations with local leaders of the National...
Region: National
Tagged with: Asquith Xavier, Colour Bar, Euston Station, National Union of Railwaymen, NUR
RMT tribute to our member Donald Dinnie
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "On behalf of the union I want to send condolences, support and solidarity to Donald Dinnie's family‎, friends and colleagues. It is absolutely clear that he was much loved and highly respected by...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Derailment, ScotRail, Network Rail
RMT further reaction to Stonehaven derailment and fatalities
"The confirmation that there have been three fatalities in the Stonehaven derailment, including the driver and one of our conductor members, is the most dreadful news and this trade union's thoughts are with the families, colleagues and friends of those...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Derailment, ScotRail, Network Rail
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 response to derailment near Stonehaven
“RMT is aware of the major incident at Stonehaven and our reps are liaising directly at senior level with both ScotRail and Network Rail. “Our priority at this time is to support our members, their colleagues and their families and...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Derailment, ScotRail, Network Rail
RMT warning over back to work Monday
Transport union RMT has warned that confused and conflicted Government messaging could lead to widespread breaches of public health measures on masks and social distancing as Boris Johnson urges people to "get back to work" today whilst at the same...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, social distancing, rail, tube, bus,
RMT demands that Rail Gourmet and its parent company call off redundancy threat
RAIL ‎UNION RMT today demanded that Rail Gourmet and its parent company SSP call off the redundancy threat to unspecified numbers of catering contract staff under the guise of the COVID-19 pandemic as the union reveals that the company is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Gourmet, Caterers, Redundancies
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 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 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 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,
RMT on announcement that LNER will remain in public ownership
RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “The Government has finally woken up, smelt the coffee and realised that rail privatisation doesn’t work after all. It’s better late than never but this decades long farcical experiment with our railways...
Region: National
Tagged with: LNER, London North East Railway, East Coast Mainline
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,
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 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,
International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards
RMT today called on the government to use its power to promote an in-sourcing revolution on the railways as the union joined in International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards. As a new report from the TUC shows, while...
Region: National
Tagged with: International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, Justice for Cleaners, outsourcing, railway
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 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 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 calls for national plan for rail recovery
Responding to new ORR figures showing an expected fall in passenger ‎journeys RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “These figures confirm we will need a new national plan for rail recovery which encourages passengers to return to our railways when...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail, ORR
‎RMT responds to latest rail freight statistics
RMT responds to latest rail freight statistics that show a worrying downward trend and calls for Government to fully support the sector Responding to the latest rail freight usage statistics that show a worrying downward trend and the lowest total...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail freight, Covid-19, rail sector
RMT responds to new rail performance data
RAIL UNION RMT today called for root and branch reform and a new deal for our railways in response to new passenger rail performance data released by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) that showed the UK’s railways are...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, ORR, Office of Rail and Road, rail,
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 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 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
Rail Unions: This is not the time to run more trains
The joint letter - signed by Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF; Mick Cash, general secretary of RMT; and Manuel Cortes, general secretary of TSSA - says it is 'completely unacceptable' to put the lives of passengers and rail staff at risk....
Region: National
Tagged with: rail unions, Covid-19, letter, rmt
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 slams Merseyrail contractors Mitie
RAIL UNION RMT today blasted Merseyrail station cleaning and facilities’ contractor Mitie for using the cover of the Covid-19 crisis to withdraw a pay award dated back to July last year. The union says it is a profiteering move that...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, Merseyrail, cleaners, living wage, Covid-19
RMT issues advice to rail and bus members
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has issued advice to tens of thousands of workers in the rail and bus sector throughout the UK today saying its members should stop work on safety grounds if employers do not provide protection from COVID-19. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail, bus, Covid-19,
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 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,
Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum
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Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, rail industry coronavirus forum, Ricf,
RMT calls on Freightliner to halt redundancies
In the midst of the Covid 19 coronavirus crisis, rail union RMT was served with a redundancy notice on March 12th that removes 15 key worker jobs at Freightliners's Coatbridge Terminal followed shortly after by a further redundancy notice at their Leeds...
Region: National
Tagged with: freightliner, railfreight, network rail, redundancies
RMT on Government announcement on rail services
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is absolutely essential that the rail workforce get the same sort of guarantees and assurances that the Government are offering the train operators. "RMT has been inundated with calls from members fearful that they...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, coronavirus, rail services
A message from railway workers
As railway workers, we cannot work at home. But we plead with the traveling public, if you can work from home, please do. We want to do all we can to make sure that key workers and essential goods get...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, joint statement, rail workers
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
Coronavirus Update
The RICF recognises that the Coronavirus crisis represents the biggest challenge to the UK and the rail industry in the last 50 years. The rail industry has a proud history of delivering in times of crisis and will once again need...
Region: National
Tagged with: ricjf, rail industry Coronavirus joint forum, Covid-19
RMT on rail service reductions
"RMT, along with our trade union colleagues, remains in ‎close contact with the DfT at this critical time for the transport industry. Our priority is to ensure that all action is taken to protect jobs, livelihoods and the health and...
Region: National
Tagged with: covid-19, dft, rail reduction,
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
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
Justice for Mitie Merseyrail Cleaners demo on Thursday
The protest will take place on Thursday 27th February from 13.00-15.00, outside Merseytravel’s Headquarters at No 1 Mann Island, Pierhead, Liverpool RMT activists and supporters will make the case against poverty pay outside the combined Passenger Transport Authority and Executive for Merseyside’s...
Region: North West
Tagged with: mite, merseyrail, cleaners, living wage
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,
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 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 responds to Government spin on £500 million investment
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The idea that this is a reversal of the Beeching Cuts is PR spin way out of control. This is a bare-faced attempt to distract attention from the daily chaos on Northern, South Western, Trans...
Region: National
Tagged with: railway investment, tory government, beeching, rail franchising
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,
Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot to strike
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot will be striking again this 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 warn of dangers of unstaffed stations
With the publication of the Government’s rail review imminent, research by the specialist transport Union RMT reveals that only 10% of rail stations are fully staffed, 45% are only staffed some of the time and a massive 45% of stations are totally unstaffed....
Region: National
Tagged with: unstaffed stations, williams review, rail privatisation, orr,
Living Wage protest for Northern Gateline staff
Rail union RMT will be holding a demonstration outside contractor Carlisle Support Services’ offices as part of its campaign for a Living Wage for staff working on the Northern gateline. The protest will take place Friday 24th January, 12 noon, outside...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, gateline staff, living wage, carlisle support services
RMT welcomes Liverpool Councillors’ support
Merseyrail has contracted out its station cleaning work to the outsourcing giant Mitie, who pay their cleaning staff at below the level of the Real Living Wage. Rail union RMT has been fighting to end this scandal as part of...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, mitie, cleaners, real living wage
RMT blasts latest Government fudge on Northern Rail
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This is just another fudge by the Tory Government on Northern but it still proves without a shadow of a doubt that their private franchise model for running our railways is finished. The whole...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot to strike again
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that Rail Gourmet workers at Paddington depot will be striking again on Friday 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 on news that Arriva Rail London cutting ticket offices
Commenting on TfL’s announcement that it is pressing ahead with cuts to ticket office hours at London Overground stations, rail union RMT says these cuts are about profit not passengers. Last year the operator of London Overground, Arriva Rail London,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, ticket offices,
RMT demands public sector takeover of South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded an urgent public sector takeover of South Western Railway as accounts filed today show that the current private operator is on course to go bust. Deloitte, the companies own auditors, said that South Western faces...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT responds to announcement on Northern franchise
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Grant Shapps is big on talk about Northern Rail this morning but short on detail and this has all the hallmarks of a dead cat being ‎slung on the table to distract from the...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT reveals full extent of shareholders’ bonanza
As fares rise on our railways yet again today, rail union RMT has revealed that private companies have siphoned off £4.4 billion in dividends to shareholders in the last ten years. The union analysed the company accounts of every train...
Region: National
Tagged with: fare rises, tory government, rail privatisation,
RMT slams Tory Government
General secretary Mick Cash said "The UK rail network is being used as a cash-cow by speculative foreign outfits who see us as a money making opportunity with little or no risk involved. Far from taking back control, under Boris...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail privatisation, tory government, press association
RMT pledges to continue to fight for safe operation on SWR
As the current month long phase of South Western Railway strike action draws to a close, rail union RMT has praised members resilience while condemning the company and the Government for blocking a solution and pledging to continue the fight...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT on news Abellio Scotrail Franchise won't be extended
Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcement that it will not extend the Abellio Scotrail Franchise Contract past 2022, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government that it will not extend the Abellio Scotrail franchise past 2022 is...
Region: National
Tagged with: Scotrail, Abellio, Franchise
South Western Railway strike action recommences
The content of this circular is for RMT members only and should not be copied, reproduced or distributed on notice-boards, online or on social media. As South Western Railway strike action recommences today after a 24 hour break with rock solid...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT sets out six point road map to a settlement on SWR
As the guards' safety strike on South Western Railway enters it's second week in the latest phase of action rail union RMT has set out a six point road map to a settlement. The plan, which the union intended to...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT writes to SWR with framework for renewed talks
In the letter to the company, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says: “I am writing to you today to ask for your agreement to reopen talks around an operational framework that would allow for the action called for December to...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT issues fresh call for talks with South Western Railway
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Our members are solidly supporting the second day of this phase of strike action and are standing firm the length and breadth of the franchise in defence of the role of the guard, accessibility...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT action in defence of safety on SWR rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "‎RMT members are standing rock solid and united on South Western Railway this morning as we begin a full month of strike action in support of the safest method of train operation and despatch....
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
£86 million of taxpayer’s money to South Western Railway
Parliamentary answers and rail bosses’ reports to investors have revealed that South Western Railway are set to get a tax payer bailout of £86 million for strike action to date and over the coming weeks to cover lost passenger revenue...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
SWR strike action on as company wreck ACAS talks
RMT had set out proposals ensuring that the guard had an integral and guaranteed role in the despatch process which would have cost the company nothing but which would have guaranteed the safest method of operation. The company refused to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members vote to press ahead with guards dispute
RMT members on Northern Rail have voted by nearly 95% in a referendum ballot to press ahead with negotiations with the company aimed at reaching a long-term settlement to the guards' safety dispute that secures cast-iron guarantees on the safest method...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT and SWR agree to ACAS talks
An RMT Spokesperson said;   "Following a further exchange of correspondence both RMT and SWR have agreed to talks through ACAS tomorrow.    "The RMT team will be led by General Secretary Mick Cash and we believe that there is...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
West Midlands strikes set to go ahead
The union, which is taking action over the company’s refusal to pull back from their threat to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation and their attack on the safety critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface, will be taking...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands railways, west midlands trains, abellio, guards, conductors, driver only operation, doo
RMT action on South Western Railway goes ahead
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT has attended discussions under the auspices of ACAS for the past two days to discuss the issues in dispute. No proposals that would enable the development of a resolution to the dispute have...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, driver only operation, doo, guards, conductors,
RMT to protest over planned Overground ticket office cuts
The protest will take place at 9am on Wednesday 20th November outside City Hall, SE1 2AA, London. RMT members will be demonstrating prior to the Mayor Chairing a TfL Board Meeting at City Hall at 10am. The union has been...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, ticket offices,
RMT action on West Midlands Trains rock solid
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT members are standing rock solid and determined  this morning  across the West Midlands Trains franchise as we fight to put the safety-critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface, and the safety...
Region: National
Tagged with: West Midlands trains, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rail union, rmt
RMT to strike on Eurostar over London Living Wage
RAIL GOURMET (EUROSTAR CONTRACT) WORKERS ARE INSTRUCTED NOT TO BOOK ON FOR ANY SHIFTS THAT COMMENCE BETWEEN:- • 00:01 HOURS ON THURSDAY 28TH NOVEMBER 2019 AND 23:59 HOURS ON FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2019. Rail Gourmet workers are the last group of workers on Eurostar...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: eurostar, rail gourmet, caterers, london living wage,
RMT to protest outside London’s City Hall next week
The protest will take place at 9am on Wednesday 20th November outside City Hall, SE1 2AA, London. RMT members will be demonstrating prior to the Mayor Chairing a TfL Board Meeting at City Hall at 10am. The union has been...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, ticket offices,
RMT accuses SWR of deceit over agreements on guard guarantee
 The union is set to take 27 days of strike action in December over the fact that management reneged on agreements that had been made in principle and in good faith.  The company are now trying to deny these agreements were...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT strike action goes ahead on West Midlands Trains
West Midlands Trains Senior Conductor, Senior Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to not to book on for any shifts between: • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November •...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, west midlands railway, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Justice for Mitie Merseyrail Cleaners demonstration
The protest will take place on Thursday 7th November at 16.45 – 18.00 outside Merseyrail, Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF. RMT activists and supporters will make the case against poverty pay for a group of crucial staff who do...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, mitie, cleaners, real living wage, pay justice,
RMT announces 27 days of strike action on SWR
The company’s unremitting failure to give assurances that their new operational model won't move to Driver Controlled Operation – with the role of the guard butchered completely – means the union has been left with no alternative but to call...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT calls strike action on West Midlands Trains over DOO
West Midlands Trains Senior Conductor, Senior Conductor Instructor and Train Driver members are instructed to not to book on for any shifts between: • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 16th November • 00.01 hours until 23.59 hours on Saturday 23rd November •...
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, west midlands railway, wmt, guards, doo, driver only operation
RMT exposes the Northern Pacer scandal
The Pacer trains, welding a bus body to a chassis, were introduced as a temporary solution to a rolling stock crisis back in the early eighties but are still grinding their way around the Northern Rail network. They were condemned...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, pacer, eversholt, angel trains, porterbrook
RMT says cut the talking and terminate Northern franchise
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "There can be no more warnings, no more second chances and no more special measures. The time has come to sweep the national embarrassment of the Arriva Rail North franchise off the railway for good...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, tory government
RMT to ballot on Overground ticket offices closures
RMT has been campaigning against the plans to axe the Overground ticket offices for the past two years and although the initial plans were pushed back the union has now accused ARL and TFL of trying to smuggle through the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, ticket offices,
RMT secures major breakthrough on Merseyrail Guards dispute
Rail union RMT today suspended all action in the long-running dispute on Merseyrail after the company tabled an offer that guarantees both a guard on the train and the safety-critical role of that guard in the despatch process and ensures...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT on Queen's Speech
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "As we suspected all we are getting is the current failed rail franchising model re-packaged and re-branded. It's the same old "commercial model" and the Tory principle that profits and privatisation come first remains locked...
Region: National
Tagged with: queens speech, franchising, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT on trailed Govt Queens Speech announcement
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "From what we've seen trailed by the Government on rail franchising this is nothing new and the old Tory principle that profits and privatisation come first remains locked in. Nobody will be fooled by...
Region: National
Tagged with: tory government, rail privatisation, queens speech,
RMT secures massive victory as Mitie agree to Living Wage
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This is a massive victory in the fight to eliminate the evil of low pay on the railway and I want to congratulate the RMT members and organisers whose hard work and relentless campaigning has...
Region: National
Tagged with: Mitie, network rail, cleaners, real living wage, poverty pay,
RMT calls on members to reject pay offer on Northern
After dragging its heels the company has withdrawn a pay offer and additionally removed enhancements to paternity and maternity rights that were previously afforded to members on lower pay rates. RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “We are calling on...
Region: North West
Tagged with: arriva rail north, arn, northern rail, pay
RMT exposes full scale of London ticket office closures
RAIL UNION RMT has released a full list today of London Overground’s plans to cut hours at 45 stations to the bare minimum and close the ticket offices altogether at Brondesbury, White Hart Lane and West Hampstead. The revelations of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, ticket offices,
RMT steps up campaign to end poverty pay on Northern
merseyrail cleaners petition   RMT has been running a campaign for the Living Wage Foundation (LWF) rate to be paid to the revenue and gateline staff working on the Northern Rail contract for Carslisle Support Services for some time but...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern rail, Carlisle support services, real living wage, cleaners
RMT steps up campaign to end poverty pay for Mitie cleaners
The cleaners are employed by outsourcing giant Mitie Group to maintain Network Rail’s stations at Edinburgh Waverley, Glasgow Central, Birmingham New Street, Leeds, Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly. Mitie Group plc paid its shareholders more than £170 million in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Mitie, network rail, cleaners, real living wage,
RMT demonstration for Justice for Mitie Merseyrail Cleaners
The protest will take place on Monday 14th October 16.45 – 18.00 outside Merseyrail, Rail House, Lord Nelson Street, Liverpool L1 1JF. RMT activists and supporters will make the case against poverty pay for a group of crucial staff who do some...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Mitie, merseyrail, real living wage, cleaners, justice for cleaners,
RMT demands public ownership of ScotRail
On the fifth anniversary of Dutch State owned Abellio being awarded the Scotrail Franchise, rail union RMT has revealed that nearly 12,000 more trains have been cancelled in the last year alone beyond the level specified in the franchise agreement. In...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, snp, Scottish government,
London Overground ticket office campaign launches
RAIL UNION RMT is launching a new campaign this week to halt London Overground ticket office closures. The campaign will fight London Overground’s plans to cut hours at 45 stations to the bare minimum and close the ticket offices altogether at...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London overground, arriva rail London, tfl, Sadiq khan, ticket office
RMT calls for safe rail for all
TWENTY YEARS after 31 lives were lost in the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster, Britain’s biggest rail union says that Government policy is in danger of dragging the railways closer by the day back towards the same poisonous cocktail of conditions that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Ladbroke Grove, rail track, network rail, casualisation,
RMT to protest outside Scottish Parliament tomorrow‎
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament tomorrow in a call for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought immediately and permanently back into public ownership. Activists...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, snp, scottish parliament
RMT to protest outside Scottish Parliament
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating outside the Scottish Parliament next week in a call for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought immediately and permanently back into public ownership....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, franchise, snp
RMT declares dispute on West Midlands Trains over DOO
Rail union RMT today confirmed that it has declared a dispute on West Midlands Trains over plans by the company to bulldoze through Driver Only Operation and rip apart the safety critical role of the guard at the platform/train interface....
Region: Midlands
Tagged with: west midlands trains, west midlands railway, london northwestern railway, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT's Mick Cash response to Grant Shapps
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash responding to Grant Shapps’ admission on Sky this morning that train companies put profits over people, said; "When even hard line Tories start openly admitting that private train companies are putting profits top of their...
Region: National
Tagged with: grant shapps, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT protests tomorrow for termination of ScotRail contract
RAIL UNION RMT will be demonstrating tomorrow and calling for the immediate termination of privateer Abellio ScotRail’s contract and for the essential public service to be brought permanently back into public ownership. RMT members and supporters will congregate on Friday...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, franchise, snp
RMT on failing Scotrail franchise
As the Scottish Government confirms today that it has an operator of last resort in place to take over the failing Scotrail franchise RMT tells them to "stop wasting time and get on with it." General secretary Mick Cash said;...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, franchise, snp
No ScotRail cuts! demonstration
Abellio, the current ScotRail franchise holder, is planning on providing just two ticket desks offering the full range of tickets. This is a reduction from four desks in the current temporary location on Dundas Street, and six desks in the...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, glasgow, queen street, ticket office
RMT London Overground Travel Safe Officers to strike
Rail union RMT today has announced that London Overground Travel Safe Officers will be taking three days of strike action over a pay freeze which would effectively mean poverty pay for these essential workers. STM Travel Safe Officer members on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, travel safe officers, pay justice
RMT reveals top ten least trusted train companies
On the day that rail union RMT will be moving a motion at the TUC in Brighton exposing the catastrophic impact on rail worker safety of decades of fragmentation, casualisation and private exploitation the union has revealed new data throwing...
Region: National
Tagged with: tuc, transport focus, rail privatisation, tory government
Scotrail set to default on rail franchise
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: ‘The Scotrail franchise has been in disarray for years and passengers have rightly had enough. Recent news that passenger numbers have dropped by more than 1 million proves that the travelling public are shunning Scotrail....
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, passenger satisfaction, snp, scottish government,
Westminster MPs support cleaners fight for Living Wage
The campaign to ensure that Mitie pay their cleaners working on Network Rail stations a Real Living Wage received a big boost today as MPs tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the company to meet their demands. This follows...
Region: National
Tagged with: mitie, justice for cleaners, real living wage, network rail
RMT welcomes cross-party support for Mitie motion
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed the news that MSPs from across Scotland’s political parties are supporting a motion in the Scottish Parliament calling on outsourcing firm Mitie to pay the Real Living Wage to cleaners who work at Edinburgh Waverley...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: mitie, justice for cleaners, real living wage, network rail
RMT members standing firm on fourth day of SWR strike action
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on South Western Railway are standing firm in the fight for safety on the fourth and final day of the current phase of industrial action and has demanded that the company gets round the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT justice for Mitie cleaners campaign events this week
Rail Union RMT’s campaign for Justice for Mitie Cleaners has been gaining tremendous support, in just three weeks over 60,000 people have signed RMT's petition calling for a Real Living Wage for a group of crucial staff who do some of...
Region: National
Tagged with: mitie, justice for cleaners, real living wage, network rail
RMT members united and determined to protect safety
  RAIL UNION ‎RMT said that members stand united and determined to protect passenger safety this morning on the second day of the latest phase of strike action on South Western Railway. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "On this second...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members rock solid again on South Western Railway
RAIL UNION RMT said that members on South Western Railway are standing "rock solid and united" again this morning on the first day of the latest phase of industrial action ‎in the fight for the protection of the role of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT launches campaign for pay justice for Northern’s staff
Rail Union RMT has launched a campaign for pay justice for members working for Carlisle Support Services on the contract for Arriva Rail North. These workers are being paid below the rate set by the Living Wage Foundation, which currently...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, gateline, revenue, pay justice,
Justice for cleaners event to be held at Liverpool Lime St.
Rail Union RMT will be carrying out a leafleting event at Liverpool Lime Street Station tomorrow demanding Justice for Mitie cleaners on Network Rail Managed Stations ‎and urging the public to sign the petition supporting a Real Living Wage for...
Region: National
Tagged with: mitie, justice for cleaners, real living wage, network rail
South Western set to receive at least £32m in strike bailout
On the eve of South Western guards taking four days of strike action to defend safety it has been revealed the company is set to receive at least a £32m strike bailout from the taxpayer for strike action taken to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms four days of strike action on SWR goes ahead
Rail union RMT has confirmed that a further four days of strike action will go ahead from friday on South Western Railway as the company continues to drag its heels and delays talks over the safety critical role of the...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT confirms Merseyrail Guards strike action goes ahead
Saturday’s action is the first of a further six days of strike action that have been announced by the union in the long-running guards’ and safety dispute on Merseyrail. The union’s executive have instructed our Merseyrail members not to book...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT suspends first three days of strike action on Merseyrail
Following a positive meeting with Steve Rotheram Metro Mayor, MerseyTravel and the RMT fresh proposals have been made which represent significant progress in regards to addressing RMT’s concerns. In order to allow for further detailed discussion the RMT has agreed...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation,
RMT kicks off justice for Mitie cleaners events in Glasgow
Rail Union RMT will kick off a series of campaigning events, starting in Glasgow tomorrow, demanding Justice for Mitie cleaners on Network Rail Managed Stations ‎and urging the public to sign the petition supporting a living wage for a group...
Region: National
Tagged with: mitie, cleaners, living wage, network rail
RMT poll reveals negative impact of rail fares rise
Rail union RMT can reveal on the eve of the announcement of the next rail fare increase, that a new poll of rail users from across the UK shows that 7 in 10 passengers have been negatively affected, in various ways, by...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Fares Poll
RMT announces further strike action by rail renewals workers
Rail union RMT has announced further strike action by members employed by rail renewals contractor Clarke Chapman Facilities Management in their fight for pay justice. Clarke Chapman Facilities Management are a contractor carrying out work across the UK for Network...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Renewals, Clarke Chapman, Strike
RMT to hold protests on day rail fares increases announced
Rail union RMT will holding a series of protests on Wednesday 14th August, the day that the increase in rail  fares on Britain’s railways is announced. In London a demonstration will take place at Kings Cross Station; other locations include...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fares, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT warns rail franchise chaos set to deepen
Rail union RMT warned today that the franchise chaos on Britain's railways is set to deepen with key player First Group under increasing pressure from ‘activist investors’ Coast Capital to exit its UK rail operations. The warning comes the day...
Region: National
Tagged with: first group, southeastern, go ahead, stagecoach, rail review, williams review,
RMT slams franchise chaos on Britain's railways
General Secretary Mick Cash said‎; "The cancellation of the competition for the Southeastern franchise shows yet again that the whole privatised rail system is broken and coming apart at the seams. The chaos of short-term extensions to get the Government...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southeastern, williams review, rail review, privatised railway, tory government
RMT warns of private sector stitch-up from Rail Review
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the long-awaited Government Rail Review – set up on the watch of serial failure Chris Grayling – is set to be a wholesale sell-out to the private operators, tightening their grip on the rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, williams review, keith williams, private sector, privatisation, tory government, dft
RMT confirms new strike dates in Merseyrail Guards' dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new batch of strike dates in the long-running guards’ and safety dispute on Merseyrail as the company has failed to deliver on the crucial issue of a safe method of train dispatch. As a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT secures renewed mandate for Travel Safe Officers
Rail union RMT announced today that it has secured another rock solid vote to continue with industrial action on London Overground in its fight over poverty-pay for Travel Safe Officers employed by contractor the STM Group (Arriva Rail Contract) after...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: arriva rail london, arl, london overground, travel safe officers, pay
RMT mobilising for protest tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT today called for the mobilisation of the broadest possible political and public support for a protest tomorrow marking the closure of the Springburn Rail Depot – The Caley – and the political and corporate betrayal of 160 years...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: gemini rail, scotrail, springburn depot
RMT secures renewed mandate for action in ballot on SWR
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has secured yet another rock-solid vote to continue with action in the rail safety dispute on South Western Railway after being forced to renew the mandate under the terms of the latest wave...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT mobilising for protest on Friday
RAIL UNION RMT today called for the mobilisation of the broadest possible political and public support for a protest on Friday marking the closure of the Springburn Rail Depot – The Caley - and the political and corporate betrayal of 160 years...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: gemini rail, scotrail, springburn depot
RMT calls for an absolute ban on contracting out
Rail union RMT called today for an absolute ban on contracting out‎, an end to the cuts culture, and the replacement of the ORR with a genuinely independent safety regulator after a shocking RAIB report into a track worker death...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, raib, orr, zero hours, purley, track workers
Great Western Railway cleaners' strike "rock solid"
‎General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our members are rock solid in support for the strike action at the North Pole Depot in West London and are sending out the clearest signal that they will not be kicked from pillar to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: gwr, great western railway, hitachi, iss, cleaners
RMT General Secretary to visit Bridgend Branch
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash and Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch will be attending the union's Bridgend Branch this evening to express solidarity and sympathy with the colleagues and families of those involved in the fatal tragedy in Port Talbot...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: port talbot, network rail, track worker, orr, raib,
Outsourced ISS workers to strike tomorrow
RMT MEMBERS working for outsourcing giant ISS will be taking 48 hours of strike action from tomorrow evening in opposition to the imposition of shift patterns that will mean them working an additional 60 shifts per year. The cleaners are sub-contracted to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: gwr, great western railway, hitachi, iss, cleaners
RMT statement on rail worker deaths in Wales this morning
"This is shocking news. RMT is attempting to establish the full facts but our immediate reaction is that this is an appalling tragedy and that no one working on the railway should be placed in the situation that has resulted...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: rail workers, wales, track safety
RMT on Freightliner sale
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT is concerned that an important freight provider is being traded between foreign owners whose priority will not be the UK economy, UK jobs and providing a rail freight infrastructure that can meet...
Region: National
Tagged with: freightliner, rail freight,
RMT prepares to ballot for national rail strike
RAIL UNION RMT said today that is preparing to ballot for the first national rail strike since privatisation over twenty years ago after the Government and the train companies failed to respond to requests from the union for cast iron...
Region: National
Tagged with: pensions, rail delivery group, dft, chris grayling, rail
Outsourced ISS workers to strike
RMT MEMBERS working for outsourcing giant ISS will be taking 48 hours of strike action in opposition to the imposition of shift patterns that will mean them working an additional 60 shifts per year. The cleaners are sub-contracted to the Hitachi rail...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: iss, hitachi, great western railway, gwr, cleaners
RMT repeats call for rail nationalisation
Rail union RMT has repeated its call for rail nationalisation as a new poll today reveals a complete breakdown in trust between passengers and privatised rail companies. A poll of passengers who regularly use privatised rail services found that 73% think...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail privatisation, passenger satisfaction, value for money
RMT action on SWR "solid and determined" on fourth day
‎RMT action "solid and determined" on fourth day in fight for safety on South Western Railway Rail union ‎RMT said that members stand "solid and determined" on the fourth of five days of strike action in the on-going fight for...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
SWR tweet confirms plans to downgrade guards
As strike action by RMT enters the second of its five days on South Western Railway this morning the union has seized on a tweet issued by the company which confirms the worst fears of members about secret plans to...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation,
RMT members rock solid in strike action again this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members are standing rock solid again this morning on South Western Railway in the long-running fight for safety, security and access on our trains while the private train company sends out the signal that...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT on train smoke alert at Glasgow Queen Street
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT would like to thank our colleagues from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service for their prompt response to the incident this morning. “However, it raises serious questions about the current state of Scotland’s...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: scotrail, abellio, glasgow, queen street
RMT Railway Worker Survey
The content of this circular is for RMT members only and should not be copied, reproduced or distributed on notice-boards, online or on social media. Nine out of 10 railway workers believe their company is more interested in making a profit...
Region: National
Tagged with: government rail review, rmt survey, railway workers, williams review, chris grayling
RMT announces five days of strike action on SWR
RAIL UNION RMT today announced five days of strike action on South Western Railway – accusing the company of dragging their heels in protracted talks over the guard guarantee after the union suspended action back in February in good faith...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Another Northern mayor joins calls for rail public ownership
Mr Driscoll said: “The number one priority for a transport system is reliability. Andy Burnham and Steve Rotherham have been drawing the Government’s attention to the problems with this franchise for years now. “Given that Northern cancelled more than 1,700 trains...
Region: North East
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, andy burnham, steve rotheram, chris grayling, dft,
RMT welcomes Mayor's call over Northern
RAIL UNION RMT has welcomed the call today from Manchester and Merseyside Mayor’s Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram for Arriva to be stripped of their failing Northern Rail franchise and for the services to be brought back into the public...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, andy burnham, steve rotheram, chris grayling, dft
RMT smashes Grayling pay gap
Back in August 2018 Grayling announced to a huge fanfare that he was going to try and impose a pay norm on rail workers that would restrict pay increases to the lesser Consumer Prices Index (CPI) in a break from the...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, chris grayling, failing grayling, pay cap, cpi, rpi, tory government
RMT calls for nationalisation of British steel
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “RMT is deeply concerned that the collapse of British Steel without the government lifting a finger to support the company will jeopardise UK rail projects both now and into the future. “British Steel’s product is...
Region: National
Tagged with: british steel, network rail, hs2, cp6
RMT wins inflation busting two year Network Rail pay deal
RAIL UNION RMT has secured an inflation busting two year pay deal and job security on Network Rail. The union is writing to the company to formally accept the deal. Last year Transport Minister Chris Grayling, suggested pay increases for...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, pay rise, rpi, cpi
RMT London Overground Travel Safe Officers to strike
Rail union RMT has confirmed that London Overground Travel Safe Officers will be taking further strike action tomorrow over a pay freeze which would effectively mean a slide into poverty pay for these essential workers. STM Travel Safe Officer members...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london overground, arriva rail london, travel safe officers, pay justice
RMT day of action to #BringBackTheBuffet on GWR
On the morning that rail union RMT is holding #BringBackTheBuffet events in Swansea, Plymouth and London the union has released research citing examples of how the axing of the buffet service has impacted on GWR services and showing the 95% of...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: gwr, great western railway, buffet, #bringbackthebuffet
RMT on Which? survey on passenger compensation
"No one who uses our privatised railways will be surprised that the greedy train companies are still abusing the compensation system to rip-off the travelling public. "Even worse, the private operators are claiming a fortune from the taxpayer in compo...
Region: National
Tagged with: which?, network rail, tory government, privatised railway
RMT cleaners on Arriva Rail North to hold protest
RMT cleaners working for ISS on the Arriva Rail North contract will be holding a protest on Thursday 9th May outside Manchester Victoria station between 13:00 and 15:00. The protest is over the fact that hardship loans have not materialised that were...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, cleaners, iss,
RMT to hold #BringBackTheBuffet events
RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that it will be holding events at Swansea, Plymouth and London Paddington stations at 7am on Monday the 13th of May in support of a union campaign to Bring Back The Buffet on Great Western...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: gwr, great western railway, buffet car, #bringbackthebuffet
RMT warns of total chaos over rail franchises
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as it emerged that the private rail contractors club – the Rail Delivery Group - is calling for a new era of wholesale deregulation on the tracks that would effectively...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail delivery group, rail franchise, rail privatisation, tory government, chris grayling
RMT to protest at SNP conference
RMT activists will once again be demonstrating outside the SNP conference this Saturday to raise awareness amongst the SNP delegates and the wider public of the Scottish Governments failure to put their warm words on fair work for all into...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: snp, conference, abellio, scotrail, northlink ferries, scotland
RMT warns of total chaos as Virgin demands a free for all
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as Virgin Trains called for a new era of wholesale deregulation that would effectively allow private operators to bid route by route, slot by slot for the most lucrative...
Region: National
Tagged with: virgin trains, rail privatisation, rail review, tory government
RMT members on London Overground secure major victory
RAIL UNION RMT has secured a major victory in its ongoing campaign to staff our stations and retain ticket offices with the Mayor of London’s announcement this morning that 47 of th