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RMT responds to Go-Ahead Group profits
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It's beyond belief that despite the pandemic these private train companies are still extracting fat profits and dividends out of the rail‎ network while staff at the front line are confronted with threats of a...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, Southern, Southeastern, Gatwick Express, Covid-19,
Government must use powers to prevent Go-Ahead paying dividend
As rail giant GO-AHEAD has announced its intention to pay a dividend, RMT is writing to the government to say it should use its powers to prevent such pandemic profiteering. In a statement today the company said, “The Board continues...
Region: National
Tagged with: Go-Ahead Group, GTR, Govia, Southern, Southeastern, Thameslink, Covid-19
RMT calls for Southern to be stripped of franchise
RAIL UNION RMT has repeated the call this morning for GTR to be stripped of their franchise with the services taken into public ownership after it emerged that train operator Southern scored the worst levels of public trust out of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, great northern, thameslink, transport focus, public trust
RMT warns of “mass transport discrimination”
On the day of the third anniversary protest in the fight to keep the guard on the train, rail union RMT has revealed that at least 15,000 Southern Rail services have run without a second person on board since the introduction...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern GTR, southern, doo, doo, driver only operation, third anniversary, guards dispute, guards, conductors,
RMT to hold DOO protest in London tomorrow
Rail union RMT will be holding a national protest tomorrow, Friday 26th April, from 12:00 outside Keolis UK, Evergreen Building North, 160 Euston Road, London NW1 2DX. The event coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the start of RMT strike action on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo
RMT to hold protest on 3rd annniversary of Southern dispute
Rail union RMT will be holding a national protest on Friday 26th April from 12:00 outside Keolis UK, Evergreen Building North, 160 Euston Road, London NW1 2DX. The event coincides with the 3rd anniversary of the start of RMT strike action on...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, keolis, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT renews nationalisation call as ORR fine GTR
Responding to the ORR fine of GTR and Ministers telling MPs that the Government is reviewing the company’s future RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This fine is yet another meaningless slap on the risk for a company that has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, orr, franchise, rail privatisation
RMT calls on new Southern chief to commit to Guards
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to the new Managing Director of Southern/GTR, Patrick Verwer, requesting that he takes an early initiative to resolve Britain’s longest running industrial dispute on Southern Rail over the axing of guards and the rolling out...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, guards, conductors
RMT demands to know what's going on as director resigns
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded to know what’s going on as it emerged that Peter “Punch Up” Wilkinson, Director of Passenger Services at the DfT, has resigned as a director of the limited company set up and on stand-by to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Thameslink, GTR, Southern
RMT demands full disclosure of all GTR contract documents
With yet another new timetable due to be brought in in six days time rail union RMT has demanded that the full contract documentation - including the current interim arrangements - relating to the failed GTR operation be released for public ‎scrutiny...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, contract documentation, franchise, rail privatisation, guards, conductors
RMT accuses GTR of playing for time over timetable chaos
RAIL UNION RMT has accused basket-case private rail operator GTR of "playing for time and treating passengers and staff like a bunch of mugs" as the company produced a well-resourced barrage of propaganda and excuses yesterday evening and this morning...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, southern rail, thameslink, rail delivery group, rdg, dda, disabled access, guards, conductors, timetable chaos
RMT demands that Government cut the rhetoric
Following reports this morning that the Government have warned the basket-case GTR franchise that they are drinking in the "last chance saloon" rail union RMT has demanded that Ministers cut out the hot air and rhetoric and strip both Govia...
Region: National
Tagged with: gtr, southern, northern, northern rail, arriva, arriva rail north, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT calls for GTR to be stripped of franchise as Horton goes
"For well over two years now RMT members fighting to defend safety and access have been subjected to abuse and hostility under the regime led by Charles Horton. "Mr Horton may now have gone but the rotten franchise he was...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, charles horton, chris grayling, dft,
One in five GTR and Northern Rail trains late or cancelled
RAIL UNION RMT today repeated the call for both Govia Thameslink and Arriva Rail North to be stripped of their franchises as this morning’s performance measures show that one in five trains are still being delayed or cancelled – despite...
Region: National
Tagged with: gtr, southern, southern rail, thameslink, arriva rail northern, northern, northern rail, rail timetable,
RMT demands action over timetable meltdown
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded urgent action as staff report that they are taking the full force of passenger anger for this week's timetable chaos, while train company bosses hide away in their luxury offices. The new timetables have led...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, northern northern rail, arriva, gtr,
RMT slams GTR's latest attack on disabled access
Rail union RMT today slammed GTR’s latest attack on disabled access to their services – just a week after the union blew the whistle on instructions to staff to leave passengers stranded rather than taking time to provide assistance. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, southern rail, thameslink, rail delivery group, rdg, dda, disabled access, guards, conductors
RMT demands end to attack on guards
RAIL UNION RMT is demanding an end to the attack on guards on Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) as Ministers have been forced to admit that the company is discriminating against disabled passengers. Nusrat Ghani MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, prm, pit stop, disabled access, guards, conductors
"Meltdown Monday"
RMT says that "Meltdown Monday" should spell the end of the privatised chaos on Britain's railways General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The union is picking up reports from both Northern and GTR of a hopeless lack of planning, combined with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, thameslink, great northern, govia, govia thameslink railway, disabled passengers, timetable
Severe disruption from new timetable on basket-case GTR
Rail union RMT has confirmed that it is receiving widespread reports from the front line of severe disruption to services on the first day of the new GTR timetable. There are real fears that ‎routes will be on a knife...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gtr, thameslink, great northern, timetable
RMT slams new GTR timetable
Rail union RMT today called for Govia Thameslink Railway to be the next private train company to be stripped of their franchise as the union highlighted a disgusting insult to disabled people contained in the new timetable arrangements that come...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, thameslink, great northern, govia, govia thameslink railway, disabled passengers, timetable
RMT calls for Grayling to resign
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “When the cross party Public Accounts Committee says the franchising model is broken, and that this government is to blame for both the Southern and East Coast fiascos that have cost the economy and...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation, public accounts committee, southern rail, east coast mainline, gtr, virgin
RMT action "solid and united" this morning on Southern Rail
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our members stand solid and united again today in the fight for passenger safety and access on Southern Rail in Britain's longest-running industrial dispute. "The sheer grit and determination of our members on Southern to...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT strike action goes ahead Monday on Southern Rail
RMT strike action goes ahead Monday on Southern Rail in Britain's longest running industrial dispute RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and driver members on Southern Rail will take further strike action exactly as scheduled on Monday in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
Transport union RMT on disruption this morning
“RMT has always supported action that puts the safety of both the travelling public and the transport workforce first. The union pays tribute to the rail staff out there at the sharp end working round the clock to keep passengers...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, adverse weather, redhill, southern,
RMT on dangerous chaos on Southern/Thameslink GTR
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said.   "RMT has been warning for years that Southern\\\\GTR aren't fit to run a bath let alone a railway and the terrifying pictures from Redhill today show why it is such a scandal that...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, thameslink
RMT calls further strike action on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and driver members on Southern Rail will take further strike action in the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard, the extension of DOO and the guarantee of a second ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Govt caught red handed bunging Southern £22m
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "The Government has at last been forced to admit  that they have bunged the basket-case Southern Rail over £20 million of taxpayers money to keep the dispute over safety running for nearly two years....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gtr, govia, chris grayling, dft, nao
Damning National Audit Office report into Southern
In a report today the National Audit Office (NAO) detail the Department for Transport’s (DfT) abject failure with regards to the Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Franchise.   Noting that between September 2014 and September 2017 GTR passengers have experienced the worst overall...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, nao, national audit office, guards, doo, driver only operation
RMT confirms that strike action goes ahead
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action goes ahead exactly as planned next week in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only...
Region: National
Tagged with: strike, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, northern rail, southern rail, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway
RMT to meet South Western Railway and Northern Rail today
Rail union RMT will be meeting with senior managers from South Western Railway and Northern Rail today – 3rd January - in last ditch talks aimed at brokering a solution to the guards’ safety dispute with the next phase of three...
Region: National
Tagged with: swr, south western railway, northern rail, arriva rail north, southern rail, gtr, greater anglia, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT launches new film in support of Keep the Guard campaign
RAIL UNION RMT today launches a new film and social media drive in support of both the “Keep The Guard” campaign and the workers involved in disputes across the country in defence of rail safety. A short film “Unguarded”, weaving...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, unguarded, southern rail, southern railways, merseyrail, arriva rail, north, greater anglia, abellio, arriva, guards, conductors,
A million more trains a year to run without guards
RAIL UNION RMT has predicted that over a million more trains a year will run without guards on the five companies RMT is currently in dispute with, Greater Anglia Railway, Merseyrail, Northern Rail, Southern Rail and South Western Railway. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation, southern, southern rail, south western railway, greater anglia, merseyrail, arriva rail north
RMT announces DOO strike action in New Year
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action in January in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern rail, southern railways, southern, swr, south western railway, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, island line, greater anglia, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern Rail putting profits before safety
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Passengers subjected to the daily chaos on Southern Rail's notorious services will be rightly angry when they see that the operator, Go Ahead, is reporting a significant jump in revenues this morning despite moving...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT launches direct challenge to rail safety body
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a direct challenge to the rail safety body, the RSSB, to fundamentally review it’s conflicted position on Driver Only Operation and the danger to passengers at the Platform Train Interface after the organisation was forced...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, platform train interface, pti, guards, conductors, southern rail, gtr, northern rail, arriva, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr, first group
RMT calls for an end to the attack on guards
RAIL UNION RMT today called for an immediate halt and reversal of plans to axe guards from Britain's trains after the rail safety body, the RSSB, produced new research warning of a growing danger at the platform train interface and...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, arn, arriva rail north, southern rail, gtr, south western railway, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, rssb, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Second day of latest phase of action in rail safety disputes
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members involved in this second day in the latest phase of action on Greater Anglia, Southern and South Western Railway remain solid and united this morning  in separate disputes which are about putting...
Region: National
Tagged with: arn, arriva rail north, northern rail, northern, southern, southern rail, gtr, south western railway, swr, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Government-cheerleaders, the RDG
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These strikes are about rail safety and accessibility pure and simple. Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation....
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action, northern, northern rail, arriva, gtr, southern, southern rail, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr, rail union, rmt
RMT responds to drivers ballot result on Southern Rail
“This shoddy deal, sponsored by Theresa May and Chris Grayling, extends and institutionalises discrimination against disabled and older people. Where once such passengers who required assistance were guaranteed a second member of staff to assist a new clause in this...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, aslef, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT members standing rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members stand solid, united and determined again this morning in the latest phase of strike action in a raft of separate disputes which are about putting safety, security and access to transport services...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, southern rail, south western railway, merseyrail, greater anglia, doo, driver only operation
RMT warns of danger to passengers from strike breaking plans
RAIL UNION RMT has today issued a warning that rail operator’s strike breaking plans this week will put passengers at serious risk. RMT is aware that rail companies are training up rail staff who have previously had no rail operational...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strikes, industrial action, greater anglia, southern, southern rail, gtr, abellio, swr, south western railway, northern, northern rail, arriva, merseyrail,
RMT hits back at Chris Grayling
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “These strikes are about rail safety pure and simple. Only this week at the Wimbledon derailment it was the guard on that train who safely evacuated 300 passengers in an emergency situation. Those are...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, evening standard, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action, northern, northern rail, arriva, gtr, southern, southern rail, abellio, greater anglia, merseyrail, south western railway, swr
RMT calls for safety regulator to intervene on Southern Rail
Rail union RMT today called for an urgent intervention from the safety regulator as yet another serious incident exposes the need for guards on Southern Rail trains – just a week before the next phase of RMT strike action. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, pti
RMT slams Chris Grayling
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed a letter sent to MP’s by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over the on-going guard’s safety disputes as “a wholly misleading work of fiction that damages the prospects of reaching a negotiated with the train companies...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: chris grayling, rmt, southern southern rail, gtr, aslef, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT announces further DOO strike action
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed strike action in November in separate disputes with train operating companies across the UK over attacks on the role of the safety-critical guard and the extension of Driver Only Operation in the name of increased...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, swr, south western railway, abellio, greater anglia, arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, arriva, merseyrail, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors,
RMT calls on Southern Rail staff to reject company plan
Rail union RMT today called on Southern Rail staff to continue to stand united and reject the latest company and government proposals to extend Driver Only Operation which would destroy the principles of safe operation and access to services for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, dco, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef
RMT response to proposed drivers' "deal" on Southern/GTR
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Once again RMT has been excluded from these negotiations and from what we have seen so far this is exactly the sort of deal that Southern and Chris Grayling have been hoping for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef
RMT slams latest bullying tactics by Southern Rail
Rail union RMT today slammed the latest bullying tactics deployed by the basket-case Southern Rail outfit as company bosses attempt to intimidate staff fighting for rail safety back to work with a set of threats to pensions and warnings of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors, bullying, angie doll
Preparations well under way for strike action
RAIL UNION RMT said that preparations are well under way for strike action in four separate disputes over the threat to guards and safety as private train operators press ‎ahead with plans to extend Driver Only Operation - putting private profits...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, greater anglia, abellio, doo, dco, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls further strike action on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and driver members on Southern Rail will take further strike action in the on-going dispute in defence of the role of the guard, the extension of DOO and the guarantee of a second ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, driver only operation
RMT welcomes TUC backing in Merseyrail guards' dispute
RMT today welcomed a unanimous vote at the TUC this morning for the campaign against driver only operation on Merseyrail and other franchises ‎where the union is engaged in disputes over safety. The TUC has passed a motion promising to...
Region: North West
Tagged with: merseyrail, tuc, tuc17, southern, northern, merseyrail, greater anglia, south western railway, doo, dco, guards, conductors
cleaners’ ballots underway on Southern/GTR and Southeastern
RAIL UNION RMT said today that balloting is underway for action in two separate disputes over pay and working conditions on Southern/GTR and Southeastern as the union steps up the fight for workplace justice for cleaners on Britain’s railways. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southeastern, souther, southern rail, gtr, wettons, churchill, cleaners
RMT demands Southern end harassment of Brighton pickets
RAIL UNION RMT has today written to Southern/GTR demanding an end to the bullying, intimidation and harassment of pickets during the current dispute after a shocking incident in Brighton this morning. In the letter to Southern/GTR boss Peter Evans, RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT to ballot cleaners for action on Southern & Southeastern
RAIL UNION RMT signalled today that it is stepping up the fight for workplace justice for cleaners on Britain’s railways as it announced ballots for action in two separate disputes over pay and working conditions on Southern/GTR and Southeastern. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southeastern, southern, gtr, wettons, churchill, cleaners, pay, conditions
RMT calls for details on Aslef deal with Southern
Rail union RMT has today written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling calling for full disclosure of the details after hearing reports that a deal had been agreed between ASLEF and Southern/GTR in the Driver Only Operation dispute. With Southern staff...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, aslef, transport secretary, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls further Southern Rail strike action
RMT’s NEC has considered this matter again today and due to the failure of both the Government and GTR respond to the RMT call for round table talks to resolve the dispute has instructed Southern guards and driver members not...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT calls further Southern Rail strike action
RMT’s NEC has considered this matter again today and due to the failure of both the Government and GTR respond to the RMT call for round table talks to resolve the dispute has instructed Southern guards and driver members not...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
Call for meeting with Transport Secretary over Southern
RAIL UNION RMT has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling again today asking for a further face to face meeting after Southern Rail contractor GTR snubbed union plans for round table talks involving all parties. In his letter, RMT General...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute, Grayling
RMT ramps up pressure on Chris Grayling
RAIL UNION RMT has written to Transport Secretary Chris Grayling today calling for his urgent intervention to broker round-table discussions with all parties involved in the Southern Rail guards/DOO disputes after the company issued an entirely misleading communication to staff...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft,
RMT negotiations with Southern Rail stall
Talks between officials from rail union RMT and the parent company of Southern Rail have stalled this afternoon, leading to a call from RMT General Secretary Mick Cash for round table discussions involving all parties with a direct interest in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms meeting with Southern Rail next week
Rail union RMT has confirmed that it will be meeting with Southern Rail next Monday – 7th August - in the long-running guards’ and drivers’ disputes over the basic principle of rail safety. RMT had hoped to get a meeting with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT writes to train companies seeking talks on Guards
The current disputes are on Northern, Southern and Merseyrail. A dispute has been declared on Greater Anglia and ballot preparations are underway and the union has also set clear deadlines for assurances on the future role of the guard on...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, southern, northern, southern rail, northern rail, abellio, gtr, merseyrail, south west trains, greater anglia
RMT to urge Chris Grayling to resolve Southern dispute
On the day that RMT General Secretary Mick Cash meets Chris Grayling the union has called on the Secretary of State to direct Southern to break the deadlock in the long-running Southern Rail dispute by agreeing an accessibility guarantee which...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on talks with Chris Grayling today
"RMT has met with Chris Grayling this afternoon and we have had a full and frank exchange and views and the Secretary of State has now had an opportunity to get a clear understanding of RMT's position on Southern Rail...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to meet with Transport Secretary tomorrow
A spokesperson for the union said;   "RMT can confirm that the union will be meeting with the Secretary of State over Southern Rail tomorrow and we look forward to hearing his positive proposals for resolving the current guards' and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT suspends strike action on Southern Rail
RMT's executive has today taken the following decisions; Guards; "That we note the letter of 18th July from Chris Grayling, inviting the General Secretary to meet subject to RMT suspending our planned action for both Drivers and Conductors. "We therefore...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft
RMT calls further Southern Rail strike action
RMT’s NEC has considered this matter again today and due to the total failure of both the Government and GTR to make any moves at all to resolve the dispute has instructed Southern guards members not to book on for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls further Southern Rail strike action
RMT’s NEC has considered this matter again and has instructed Southern driver members not to book on for any shifts that commence between:- • 00:01 hours on Tuesday 1st August 2017 until 23:59 hours on Wednesday 2nd August 2017 • 00:01 hours and 23:59 hours on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT responds to Grayling/Southern GTR whitewash
"This latest whitewash of the Southern Rail shambles by the Government is hardly a surprise when they've been up to their necks in this fiasco right from day one.  This pathetic response to the abject failure by Southern/GTR to deliver...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Franchise
RMT releases proposed deal to break Southern Rail deadlock
On the day that the RMT General Secretary Mick Cash meets MPs on the Southern Rail Cross Party Group and when MPs later debate the government sponsored Gibb report, RMT has released a fresh proposal to break the deadlock in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, dft, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Theresa May on Southern Rail at PMQ's
"If the Prime Minister genuinely wants the unions to get back into talks with Southern Rail‎ she has the power to make that happen in the time it would take her to pick up the phone and instruct her contractors...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Southern Rail
Members will strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Monday 10th July 2017.‎ Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “RMT members on Southern Rail have been fighting for safety and access for well over a year now. “The franchise...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Government Gibb Report "fit up"
"No wonder the Government have sat on the Gibb report for seven months. It's taken them that long to slice and fillet it into a document that they can spin up as an attack on the unions and the staff....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, gibb report, dft, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation
RMT exposes rail bodies collusion in drive to axe guards
RAIL UNION RMT today releases e-mail proof of collusion and complicity in the whole Driver Only Operation saga between the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the Rail Delivery Group (RDG)  and the Department for Transport (DfT). Michael Woods Head...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail safety and standards board, rssb, department for transport, dft, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, southern, southern rail, northern, northern rail, gtr, arriva, merseyrail
RMT on Southern Rail overcrowding
"Southern is a company that instead of running a railway decided to declare war on its staff and passengers alike. "We have received reports of appalling and dangerous overcrowding in the severe heat at Victoria and East Croydon last night...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation
Southern Rail passengers court date with DfT
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The spotlight is now well and truly back on the basket case Southern Rail franchise and their unconditional support from this minority government regardless of the safety and service consequences. "RMT's executive will be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, dft, doo, driver only operation, abc, ab commuters
RMT calls for urgent talks in Southern Rail safety dispute
RMT calls for urgent talks in Southern Rail safety disputes as ASLEF put overtime ban back on RMT General Secretary Mick Cash on ASLEF announcement yesterday evening; "This is a highly significant development and its about time Southern stopped treating...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, gibb report, doo, driver only operation
RMT demands immediate publication of "Gibb Report"
Rail union RMT today demanded that the Government immediately publish a detailed report into the basket-case Southern Rail franchise which has been kept under wraps by the Transport Department since the back end of last year. The report, commissioned in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gibb report, southern, southern rail, dft
Tory losses on Southern Rail Routes due to company failures
RAIL UNION RMT said today that a bunch of significant Tory losses overnight are down to the long running dispute on Southern Railway over the axing of guards and the ‎impact on safe, accessible and reliable services. The Conservatives lost...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute, Election
RMT demands immediate halt to axing of rail guards
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This election has sent out the clearest possible message that the British people have rejected the Tory programme of cuts, austerity, privatisation and division. "Despite Theresa May and her allies throwing the full weight...
Region: National
Tagged with: guards, doo, driver only operation, northern, southern, merseyrail
RMT suspends strike action
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “In light of the horrific bombing in Manchester last night, and the heightened safety and security alerts on our transport services, RMT’s executive has taken the decision to suspend the 24 hours of strike action...
Region: National
Tagged with: northern rail, arriva rail north, northern, southern, southern rail, gtr, merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on ASLEF announcing Southern Rail overtime ban
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “This is an important and significant  development and RMT would now call on GTR to join ‎with both unions in tri-partite talks aimed at negotiating a settlement to this dispute which puts safety...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, aslef, rmt, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and drivers on Southern Rail will strike again in the on-going disputes over the safety impact of the extension of Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services. Guards and driver...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
National RMT demo in London next week
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding a national protest outside Parliament (Opposite Old Palace Yard) at noon next Wednesday, 26th April, to mark the one year anniversary of RMT industrial action against the extension of Driver Only Operation on Southern...
Region: National
Tagged with: doo, driver only operation, southern, southern rail, northern, northern rail, merseyrail, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new talks with Southern Rail
Rail union RMT today confirmed that it will be holding further talks with Southern Rail on the 24th and 25th April in the year-long guards and DOO safety disputes. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “The union welcomes the opportunity...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to total chaos at Brighton Station last night
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Brighton station was reduced to total chaos last night after the City marathon due to a wholesale management failure and the news today that there's a continuing pay bonanza in the Southern boardroom will unleash...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, brighton station, charles horton, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT strike action in three separate disputes "rock solid"
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT can report that support for all three strikes today is rock solid with pickets out in force and morale high as our members on Southern, Northern and Merseyrail continue the fight for rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, northern, northern rail, arriva rail north, merseyrail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail ASLEF ballot
"This ballot was entirely a matter for ASLEF and its members. However, the result reflects the continuing and deep seated concern amongst drivers and the wider workforce over the extension of DOO and the safety impact on passenger services.   ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT moves strike date on Southern Rail to allow for talks
Members will now strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Saturday 8th April 2017. ‎ The announcement comes following an offer from the company for talks on the 4th April – the date originally slated for the next strike day....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail response to union call for talks
“RMT has made it clear that we are looking for meaningful and constructive talks in respect of both the guards’ and drivers’ disputes on Southern Rail. “On Friday we made a genuine and positive approach to the company to get...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strike date on Southern Rail
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that guards and drivers on Southern Rail will strike again in the on-going disputes over the safety impact of the extension of Driver Only Operation and the removal of guards from services. Members will strike...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
Southern proposed agreement "the old deal in a new envelope"
"We have now had a chance to look at the detail and this is basically the old deal in a new envelope and RMT does not believe for a moment that drivers and guards will be hoodwinked "Drivers and passengers...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, aslef, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT looks to legal action over rights of disabled passengers
Rail union RMT confirmed today that is actively considering legal options over failure of Office of Rail Regulation to protect the rights of disabled passengers on Southern rail. The Office of Road and Rail Regulation (ORR) has key responsibilities for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT Southern action holding firm nearly a year on
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "In the teeth of a relentless campaign of spin and intimidation from Southern Rail the RMT guards' and drivers' action continues to hold firm in the fight for rail safety nearly a year on‎. "RMT...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT rips apart Southern Rail's bogus claims
RAIL UNION RMT today ripped apart bogus claims coming out of Southern Rail that the continuing guards’ industrial action in the fight for rail safety is having a diminishing impact. With the next 24 hour strike due for Monday 13th March,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT confirms new strikes on Southern Rail
The announcement comes after an offer of talks by RMT was snubbed by GTR despite the company being fully aware that the dispute was due to be discussed by RMT’s executive today. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “The abject...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT calls for urgent talks on Southern
RAIL UNION RMT has called for urgent talks to clarify Southern (GTR)’s position on the future role of the Guard in an attempt to bring a resolution to the long-running dispute.   The union wrote to Charles Horton, Managing Director...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT Southern Guards standing firm this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT guards members on Southern Rail are standing firm in their action in defence of rail safety this morning despite a vicious campaign of bullying and intimidation by GTR bosses. Our members resilience for nearly...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
SOUTHERN RIP UP SAFETY RULE BOOK IN SCABBING DRIVE
RAIL UNION RMT revealed today that Southern GTR are looking to train up 40 scab strike breaking managers in 2 days of classroom talks to work as OBS on the next strike day of 22nd February. The union described the move as...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT response to ASLEF referendum result
“This referendum was entirely a matter for ASLEF and their Southern members. RMT has remained focused on the industrial and public campaign to protect the safety of the travelling public and to put access and safe operations before profits. RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT confirms new strikes on Southern Rail
Members will strike for 24 hours between 0001 hours and 2359 hours on Wednesday 22nd February 2017. The announcement comes after talks between RMT and Southern in the guards dispute were deliberately wrecked yesterday by the company as they made a mockery of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
Southern make a mockery of dispute talks
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT entered today's talks in good faith but it soon became clear that the only thing Southern were interested in was bulldozing through driver only operation further and faster with safety and access to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Equivalent of at least a 1000 services a year running DOO
RAIL UNION RMT has highlighted the fact – ahead of tomorrow’s talks between the union and Southern – that new figures show the equivalent of a thousand services per year continue to operate without a second member of staff, despite...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr
RMT challenges Southern over guards dispute talks
The union has agreed to meet with Southern at Acas on Tuesday 14th of February although the company had originally proposed earlier dates and then stalled for time.   In a letter today to Charles Horton, managing director of Southern,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, charles horton, tuc, guards, conductors
RMT on Transport Committee report on rail franchising
" The Committee is right to say that rail franchising is not fit for purpose but all the hard evidence shows that franchising is a fiasco that is beyond reform and which needs to be replaced with a publicly owned railway...
Region: National
Tagged with: transport committee, rail franchising, southern rail
RMT reaction to TUC/Southern Rail betrayal
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "This so-called agreement is a shocking and historical betrayal presided over by the TUC of not only the conductor grade and drivers , but also passengers, including disabled passengers, who have lost the guarantee of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, tuc,
RMT statement on Southern talks
"We can confirm that we have had a formal offer of talks from GTR. That offer will be considered by RMT's executive later today. The union will be making no further comment until the executive has met."   Ends 
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
SOUTHERN DISPUTE. RMT STATEMENT
"RMT understands that central to the agreement with ASLEF is a guarantee of a second  person ‎on the train.   "We also understand that the implementation of that aspect of the agreement is subject to further discussions and negotiations with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr, aslef
RMT ON SOUTHERN RAIL DISPUTE
“RMT was not party to the talks brokered by the TUC with GTR. As a result of that we have no details whatsoever on any deal that has been agreed by the parties who were granted a seat at the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, doo, driver only operation, tuc, aslef, guards, conductors
Southern strip key train crew of safety accreditation
RAIL UNION RMT has reacted with fury after Southern Rail confirmed today that they are planning to strip On Board Supervisors on their services of their guard’s safety licence and certification. In a letter to Chief Executive Charles Horton, RMT...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, charles horton, orr, office of road and rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Plans revealed to strip Southern/GTR of contract
Respected industry insiders Rail Business Intelligence (RBI) have today published detailed claims that the end of the track is nigh for failing Southern Railways and  plans are now advanced for the Government to take direct control of this flawed contract....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern forced to admit that they are cancelling services
On first day of RMT drivers strike Southern forced to admit that they are cancelling services due to "driver shortage" despite promise to run full service from today. https://twitter.com/southernrailuk/status/823800911239774209 ‎ Southern Tweet 240117 Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “RMT is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern Guards action "solid and absolutely determined"
"RMT guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning. Their resilience is a credit to the entire trade union movement. "These are local people fighting for safe...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
6 x more Southern services are travelling without a OBS
Information provided to RMT by passengers and rail workers has revealed that at least six times as many rail services on Southern where Driver Only Trains have been introduced have been travelling without an On Board Service Supervisor (OBS) than...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT Southern Rail drivers action begins at midnight
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has still not had a positive responsive from the TUC as to involvement in the talks process over the Southern Rail disputes. As a result action planned to start  00.01  Tuesday 24th January...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railways, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT Southern drivers and guards action remains on
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "RMT demands again today that this union be given access to exactly the same talks process in our Southern Rail disputes as has been brokered for our sister union by the TUC.  ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern railway, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, strike action
RMT calls for Southern Rail to be sacked
Rail union RMT today called on the Government to take urgent action to terminate the Southern Rail contract and hand it over to the public sector operator as a new Which? survey uncovered appalling levels of passenger satisfaction. The survey...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, which?, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT statement on Southern Guards dispute
“RMT has today written to the TUC requesting that this union be involved in the same process over the current Southern guards dispute that has been agreed with our sister union ASLEF over the drivers dispute. RMT is awaiting a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rail union, rmt
RMT announces new strike date in Southern Guards dispute
Members will strike again for 24 hours on Monday 23rd January. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Charles Horton has repeatedly promised publicly to retain a second safety-critical member of staff on his trains but as soon as it comes to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Southern Rail leave disabled woman stranded
The Eastbourne Herald and the West Sussex County Times today reported on a disabled woman who was left stranded on Hampden Park train platform in the freezing cold for more than two hours because there was no one to help...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, disabled passengers
RMT hits back at Government-appointed ORR
General Secretary Mick Cash said. "The Office of Road and Rail are claiming to be an independent safety body when in fact they are a department of the government made up of Tory appointees and funded by the transport industry....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, orr, office of road and rail, govia, gtr, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT demands action over "safety failures" on Southern
The catastrophic failures of Southern Rail are further exposed today as RMT shines a light on the incompetence of both the regulator (Office of Road and Rail, ORR) and the train operator Govia Thameslink. The new revelations from RMT fly...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, orr, office of road and rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT slams Office of Road and Rail report into Southern Rail
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said: “The report into Driver Only Operation on Southern Rail issued by the ORR this morning is a complete whitewash that proves conclusively that the Office of Road and Rail is no longer fit for...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: orr, office of road and rail, southern rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT takes up offer of talks with Chris Grayling
Following correspondence from the Transport Secretary received today, RMT has responded as follows: The Rt. Hon Chris Grayling Secretary of State for Transport Great Minster House 33 Horseferry Road London SW1P 4DR 5th January 2017 EO/N Dear Chris, Thank you for your...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, chris grayling, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern strike action remains rock solid this morning
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning.   "These are local people fighting for safe railways for their local...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on YouGov poll
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "It is wholly understandable that the overwhelming majority of people want rail services wrestled out of the grubby hands of the private rail companies who have ripped-off and wrecked services for over two decades....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: yougov, southern, govia
Southern Rail owners Go Ahead ramp up dividends
 New research by transport union RMT has found that as passenger brace themselves for yet another fare increase in the New Year the four big transport groups that own many of Britain’s Train Companies are so profitable that they are...
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rmt, transport union, transport workers union, virgin, go ahead, stagecoach, national express
Southern owners Go–Ahead set to pocket Christmas Bonus
RAIL UNION RMT has condemned the fact that Southern owners Go-Ahead – operators of the worst performing rail service in Britain – are set for a taxpayer-funded Christmas Bonus from Theresa May's recently announced rail replacement bus stunt.   Parliamentary...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
Christmas Truce on Southern Rail in Government’s hands
The union highlighted recent agreements on new government rail contracts elsewhere in the country which have retained conductors and provided an agreed method of train dispatch on new modern trains.   The arrangements on the Government’s Great Western, East Coast,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to PM's plan to "hire more replacement buses"
General Secretary Mick Cash said; ‎"Instead of resorting to lash-up stunts for public relations purposes Theresa May should be instructing her Southern rail contractors to get back round the table and sort out the issues about passenger safety at the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, theresa may
RMT praises "incredible solidarity" of Southern Guards
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our guards on Southern Rail are taking up the fight for ra‎il safety again today and the union salutes their incredible solidarity and determination after months of attacks from the employer and the Government. "This...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Rail union RMT barred from ACAS talks on Southern Rail
Mick Cash said: “Southern Rail were fully aware last night that I would be attending the talks this morning at ACAS alongside our ASLEF colleagues. “This morning, on arrival for the talks, I was told that I would not allowed...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation
RMT hits back as Southern rip up recognition agreement
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The claim from Southern that they do not recognise RMT for the purposes of bargaining on behalf of drivers is just plain wrong. The agreement, “Bargaining Procedures 2006 – updated 2009”, is crystal clear. RMT is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
RMT and ASLEF drivers shoulder to shoulder
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT drivers on Southern Rail are standing shoulder to shoulder with their ASLEF colleagues this morning in a fight for safe train operation. This strike action is wholly the responsibility of a Government and a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, drivers, aslef, rail union, rmt
RMT at ACAS talks on Southern dispute tomorrow
Rail union RMT has confirmed that General Secretary Mick Cash will be attending talks at ACAS at ten am tomorrow morning on the Southern Rail dispute.   Ends
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, acas
RMT responds to Grayling move to ban strikes
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “Instead of taking action to resolve the disputes on Southern Rail the Transport Secretary has chosen to jack up the rhetoric with his threat to ban strikes and to strip rail workers of their fundamental...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling, dft
RMT calls for ORR investigation into Southern sabotage
RAIL UNION RMT will today write to the Office of Road and Rail demanding an urgent investigation after it emerged that Southern Rail cancelled up to 90% of its services from the south coast over the weekend due to "staff shortages"...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Chris Grayling's attack on unions
“It is an absolute pack of lies for Chris Grayling to say that we were offered ACAS talks in the Southern disputes and refused to turn up. RMT has responded positively to every attempt to get the talks process back...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, acas, chris grayling, dft, doo, driver only operation
RMT releases text of letter to ORR over Southern sabotage
Dear Ian   SOUTHERN GTR DISPUTE   You will be aware of press reports over the weekend with allegations made by RMT and ASLEF over train crew sitting around in mess rooms, available for work while services were cancelled by...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, orr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT hits back at Southern Rail lies over staff availability
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said, "Once again Southern Rail are lying through their teeth over the cause of today's disruption to services and once again they are trying to lay the blame on their frontline staff for their own...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT responds to Tory attack on union at PMQ's
"With the Tories now in open war over rail policy, with senior Conservative MP's calling for Chris Grayling's resignation, this is no time for mud slinging and lies from their front bench. "It's a time for cool heads, serious talks...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, chris grayling, rail union, rmt
Southern strike action remains rock solid
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our guards members on Southern Rail remain rock solid and absolutely determined in their action in defence of rail safety this morning. "The union repeats it's demand for Chris Grayling and his rail minister to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, grayling, network rail, privatisation
RMT takes up offer from Bishops to broker talks
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said "RMT accepted the offer from Brighton and Hove Albion FC to broker talks and we are making the same positive response to the Bishops. " It is disgraceful that both the Government and Southern continue...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT to lobby Chris Grayling
RAIL UNION RMT is to lobby a major speech on rail policy by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in Central London tomorrow evening – 6th December – bang smack in the middle of the latest phase of action by guards on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, transport secretary, chris grayling, network rail, privatisation, policy exchange
RMT alters guards Christmas Southern action dates
Regarding the strike action called for 22nd to 24th December, the union is rescinding the instruction to conductor members to take strike action on those days. Members are now instructed to work normally on those days.   Instead, we are...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT fury at Grayling and GTR
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “RMT made it clear that the union was prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The fact that...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, go ahead, chris grayling, dft, department for transport, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT accepts offer from Brighton and Hove Albion
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is prepared to take up the offer of talks between ourselves, Southern Rail and Chris Grayling as suggested by Brighton and Hove Albion FC. The union has been calling for just such a meeting...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT reveals cost of resolving Southern guards dispute
ON THE SECOND DAY of the latest phase of strike action on Southern Rail, RMT revealed that the cost of resolving the dispute would be a tiny fraction of the £20 million bail-out thrown at the company by Transport Secretary...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, go ahead, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors,
RMT thanks public for continuing support
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT thanks the travelling public for their continued support and understanding on the second day of the latest phase of strike action in the Southern guards safety dispute. The response this morning has been fantastic....
Region: National
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Picketing continuing this afternoon at Selhurst Depot
Press picture hand out. Pickets out in force this afternoon at Southern Rail's Selhurst Depot are joined by members of RMT's Executive in a show of solidarity from across the union. Credit: RMT Save
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Despite all of the dirty tricks from the company RMT can confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again this morning across the Southern Rail network as we fight to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern Rail's tweet plea 'mistake'
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is shocking that hundreds of thousands of pounds of fare payers money has been wasted by Southern on attacking and bullying their own staff. "That money could have been invested in keeping guards...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, tweet
Southern Rail to blame staff for total chaos at Falmer
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said; "The dangerous chaos at Falmer after the game on Friday night was entirely down to the sheer managerial incompetence of Southern Rail. "They were running short formations and cancelling services on the hoof due...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on total chaos on GTR last night
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Not only does the total chaos on GTR last night reinforce RMT's campaign to retain the guards on Southern Rail it also forces the issue about bringing guards back onto the Thameslink services back up...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, govia, gtr, southern rail, doo, driver only operation
RMT slams latest Southern threats to withhold pay from staff
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that it was it was despicable that the company felt it necessary to try and hoodwink staff into signing an agreement that sole purpose is to stop lawful industrial action. A copy of the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT demands halt to Southern Rail's axing of guards
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) demanding an immediate halt to the operational programme that fundamentally changes the role of the guards on Southern Rail after growing evidence that that new model is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, southern gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Parliamentary answers reveal GTR/Southern’s danger plans
Rail union RMT warned today that GTR Southern’s proposals for Driver Only Operation, which will remove the guarantee of a safety-critical conductor on trains, will further increase the dangers and disadvantages faced by disabled and vulnerable passengers at unstaffed stations...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR
Southern strike solidly supported across all routes today
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “Despite a vicious campaign of company bullying, threats and intimidation the strike action on Southern this morning remains absolutely rock solid. “Passengers know that Southern Rail under GTR is an unmitigated disaster that puts...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
Total chaos on Southern Rail and Gatwick Express last night
"It's all very well Southern trying to blame Network Rail for the chaos that hit services last night but the fact remains that if the company wasn't hoarding £100 million in profits that cash could be invested in renewals and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern Rail, Gatwick Express, Chaos
RMT responds to Southern deadline to withdraw £2000 bribe
Mick Cash RMT General Secretary said: “This is just more threats and bullying from Southern Rail and does nothing at all to resolve the current safety dispute. It is also completely meaningless as the union has already rejected the £2000...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
National Demo this week in support of RMT Southern Guards
The protest will assemble at 12.30 – 13.30 opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard). This will be followed by a rally inside Parliament from 14.00 – 15.30 in Committee Room 10. Rally speakers include: Mick Cash, General Secretary RMT; Manuel Cortes, General Secretary TSSA; Andy McDonald MP,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT to ballot Southern drivers
Rail union RMT confirmed this morning that it is balloting drivers on Southern Rail for both strike action and action short of a strike in a dispute over the extension of Driver Only Operation on Southern routes. The ballot will...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, ballot
RMT's Mick Cash calls for direct meeting with Chris Grayling
During the House of Commons Transport Select Committee Evidence Session on rail franchising this afternoon, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash launched a public call for a direct meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in a bid to break the deadlock...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, chris grayling
National Demonstration called in support of Southern Guards
RAIL UNION RMT has called a national protest for 1st November in support of Southern Guards in its long running dispute with GTR/Southern.   The protest will assemble at 12.30 – 13.30 opposite Parliament (Old Palace Yard). This will be followed by...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
"Nonsense of privatisation" as Network Rail shells out £48m
General Secretary Mick Cash said: "This multi-million compo payout from Network Rail to Southern/GTR exposes the economic nonsense of our privatised and fragmented railways. This is money that could have been spent on maintaining and upgrading our failing real infrastructure...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT agrees to suspend Southern strike action on 3rd November
General Secretary Mick Cash said ‎" This decision has been made after close consideration and following a personal request from the British Legion. The union recognises the very special importance of that particular day and as result has agreed to...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT Southern Guards stand firm
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT Southern Guards are standing firm again this morning as they fight to defend safety and access on Britain's biggest rail franchise. "RMT thanks the travelling public for their support and understanding as our members...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT Southern strike "absolutely solid"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that strike action by guards on Southern Rail in the dispute over safety and access remains absolutely solid this morning despite a vicious campaign of company lies and dirty tricks. Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO
TO ALL SOUTHERN CONDUCTOR MEMBERS   Our Ref: BR2/0146   17th October 2016     Dear Colleague   ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) STRIKE ACTION REMAINS ON   You may have seen today that Southern...
Region: National
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ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Further to my email sent to you earlier today I am aware our sister union, ASLEF, have had discussions today with Southern GTR’s on its proposals to extend Driver Only Operation. Following the meeting ASLEF have informed its members that...
Region: National
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Southern attempt to bribe staff to sell-out passenger safety
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; “This latest letter from Charles Horton does not move this dispute on a single inch. There is no offer whatsoever to start engaging in serious talks about the safety and access issues at the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
RMT responds to London Mayor statement on rail services
"What is clear today is that there is a growing political drive for Govia Thameslink Railways to be stripped of their franchise. The London Mayor should be insisting on full public ownership, as well as public accountability, and should not...
Region: South East and Anglia
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GTR deliberately preventing trains stopping at stations
RAIL UNION RMT has been alerted to the fact that GTR Southern is deliberately preventing trains from stopping at specific stations to force though Driver Only Operation. The union says that the revelations expose the fact that the company is...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT Southern talks break down
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said “RMT entered talks with Charles Horton from Southern Rail this morning in good faith and with every intention of trying to reach an agreement. “However, it became clear right from the outset that Mr...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Despite all of the threats and bullying from the company RMT can confirm that the strike action is rock solid and determined again this morning across the Southern Rail network as we fight...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT welcomes Southern rail acceptance of further talks
Mick Cash, RMT General secretary, said "RMT is pleased that GTR have responded positively to the union call for talks earlier today after Charles Horton told the BBC he was prepared to guarantee a second member of staff on every...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT calls for fresh direct talks with Southern Rail
Following comments by Southern Rail boss Charles Horton saying that he will “absolutely” guarantee a second safety-critical person on all trains that currently have a conductor RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has written calling for immediate face to face talks...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT responds to latest Southern attack
RMT can confirm the receipt of a formal legal challenge from Southern Rail in the guards safety dispute. It is appaling that rather than sitting down with us at ACAS today to seek a resolution the company have chosen to...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern boss is key player on "independent" safety board
  A leaked briefing memo from the self-styled “independent” Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) shows that not only is Southern Rail boss Charles Horton a key player in the train-company funded organisation but that they also advocate the sacking...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, rssb, charles horton
Message of support from Paddington rail crash survivor
A survivor of the Paddington rail crash in October 1999 has pledged her full support for RMT’s campaign to defend the role of the guard on Southern Rail. In the week that marks the 17th anniversary of the disaster, in which...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern reject RMT offer
Southern reject RMT offer of new package that could solve the guards dispute RAIL UNION RMT has confirmed that a fresh set of proposals that could have resolved the on-going guards dispute has been rejected out of hand by the...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT confirms Southern talks
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be attending talks with Southern Rail over the guards dispute and will be tabling a set of new proposals that deal with all of the issues and which take full account of...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT forces Southern to withdraw media campaign
Rail union RMT has forced train company Southern to scrap it's “Strike Back” campaign ‎of incitement to violence against staff after a huge public backlash and after evidence begins to emerge of workers being abused and assaulted as a result...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern refuse offer of unconditional ACAS talks
RAIL UNION RMT said this morning that Southern Rail have point blank refused approaches for unconditional talks at ACAS in a bid to get negotiations back on track as the next phase of strike action in the guards safety dispute...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT says jobs and safety on Southern not for sale for £2000
In response to the Southern “offer” circulated to the press this morning in advance of the next phase of strike action, Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said, “RMT is making it clear this morning that jobs, safety and access on...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern refuse RMT offer of genuine talks
This outrageous pre-condition means that the solution to the current dispute, based on the deal recently secured on Scotrail which protects passengers through the guarantee of a second safety-critical member of staff on all current services, will not even be...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT responds to new COO and CEO appointments at GTR
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The appointment of Nick Brown as COO at Govia Thameslink Railways opens the door to the real possibility of a new approach and new talks over the threat to the role of the guards,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia thameslink, HS1, doo, driver only operation
RMT announces further strike dates in Southern dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a series of further industrial action by Southern rail Guards in the wake of the company’s continued insistence on removing critical safety trained Guards from trains.   As a result of this blatant disregard for...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT slams latest outrageous assault on Southern rail staff
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This is complete garbage from the transport secretary and an outrageous assault on the Southern Rail workforce.  He has personally chosen to give Southern/GTR a free pass to cancel and wreck services without penalty. "Instead...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, directly operated railways, doo, driver only operation, chris grayling
RMT on GTR timetable consultation announcement
“This can only raise suspicions that the Southern spin machine is at full tilt to obscure the reality of cancelled trains services and their plans to get rid of guards in their bid to put profit before safety.” Ends
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern nomination for "Passengers Matter" beyond satire
It has emerged that Southern Railway has been shortlisted for a number of awards for its "hard work and community dedication", including the Passengers Matter accolade in the Association of Community Rail (ACORP) Awards.   RMT General Secretary Mick Cash...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT takes fight for guards onto the floor of TUC Congress
RAIL UNION RMT will today take a motion onto the floor of the annual TUC Congress in Brighton calling for full support for the guards on Southern Rail fighting for jobs and safety with a demand for public ownership of...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT slams "pitiful, profiteering" Southern
"These are pitiful changes to the Southern timetable and the fact that passengers are ‎still paying through the nose for a vastly reduced service is solely due to the gross managerial incompetence and profiteering of this basket-case rail operator. "Yet...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Second day of Southern rail strike remains rock solid
"Our message that rail safety and access to transport services has to be put before the profits of Govia Thameslink is ringing out loud and clear. "The union thanks the travelling public for their understanding and support as we stand...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern RMT guards strike "solid and determined".
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Reports from all locations this morning confirm  that the strike action is rock solid and determined again across the Southern Rail network as we fight to put rail safety and access before the profits...
Region: South East and Anglia
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DPAC to join Southern Guards picket line tomorrow morning.
Campaigners from Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC) will join the RMT picket line at Victoria Station at 8am tomorrow as they show their support and solidarity with the fight to retain safety-critical guards on Southern Rail services. The whole...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Commuter group plans Judicial Review of Southern franchise
RAIL UNION RMT said today that pressure is piling on the Government as the Association of British Commuters announced today that they are planning a Judicial Review of the handling of the Southern part of the GTR franchise. The news...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, association of british commuters, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
RMT on Southern owner Go-Ahead Surge in Profits
Revenues surge to £3.4 billion and statutory profits to £99.8 million. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "While Go-Ahead have been driving Britain's biggest rail franchise into total meltdown the cash has been sloshing through the boardroom at obscene levels. This...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, go-ahead, profits
RMT suspends station staff strike action on GTR
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has suspended strike action involving station staff on Govia Thameslink scheduled for next Wednesday after significant progress was made in talks held at ACAS yesterday. Strike action in the separate dispute on the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, ticket offices, station hosts
RMT responds to announcement of Southern bail out
General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This stinks of another multi-million pound taxpayer subsidy to bail out the failing Southern rail part of the Govia Thameslink franchise. If there’s money to prop up this private outfit why isn’t there cash available...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT hits back at Southern
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: "Southern trying to blame their own gross managerial incompetence on their front line staff just shows what a basket case franchise GTR is. Our disputes over guards and ticket offices are about putting safety...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, guards, conductors
RMT announces strike action by station staff across GTR
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed 24 hours of strike action by station staff members on Govia Thameslink Railways  over a threat to jobs, pay and safety from the impact of ticket office closures and the reorganisation of the workforce. Members will...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, station staff, ticket offices
RMT responds to Southern offer of talks
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is committed to serious and genuine talks and has been right from the moment that the proposals on the guards on Southern were first unveiled. That position has not changed and we remain...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT announces new Southern strike dates
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new programme of industrial action involving Southern rail guards after the company walked away from talks and opted instead to bulldoze through the roll out of the new operational arrangements from last Sunday without...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern dispute talks breakdown
Talks at ACAS over the future of Conductor/Guards on Southern services have broken down this morning after the company rejected out of hand a solid union proposal that would have ensured the second person on a train and the safety,...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT issues full set of proposals rejected by GTR
RAIL UNION RMT has released the full set of proposals that were tabled in ACAS talks aimed at reaching a settlement in the Southern guards dispute. The unions proposals, rejected out of hand by the company, would have met the...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Photo from DfT SOUTHERN PROTEST THIS MORNING
FROM DFT SOUTHERN PROTEST THIS MORNING Full size photo can be downloaded here
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Strike, Guards
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Our Ref: BR2/0146   10 th August 2016   STRIKE ACTION SUSPENDED – RETURN TO WORK FOR ALL SHIFTS COMMENCING FROM 22.00 HOURS TONIGHT   Dear Colleague,     ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)   Further to...
Region: South East and Anglia
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Southern slams the door on offer to suspend strike
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Southern Rail are taking their passengers and staff for a bunch of mugs by slamming the door on an offer of talks without any pre conditions which would have led to a suspension of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Strike, Guards
Protest at DfT over sabotage of Southern talks
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it will be protesting at the Department for Transport tomorrow demanding that the Government lift their blockade on a peace deal in the Southern guards dispute that mirrors the offer on Scotrail – an...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Strike, Guards
RMT repeats offer to suspend Southern strike action
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "I have written to Charles Horton today ( attached ) calling for talks to get back underway immediately in the Southern guards dispute. "The union believes that there is a deal to be done based around...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Strike, Guards
Second day of RMT Southern Rail strike remains rock solid
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members on Southern stand solid, determined and united again this morning on the second day of this phase of strike action. Our message that rail safety has to be put before the profits...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Strike, Guards
RMT slams "lies and smears" over Southern Rail ballot
The facts are that 393 members were balloted. 321 voted. (81%) 306 voted yes (77% of the total members) These numbers easily outstrip the hurdles proposed for union ballots by the Tory right in terms of both turnout and the majority in favour of action....
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Strike, Guards
RMT slams “punch up” DfT official
RAIL UNION RMT today reacted with fury after the union was told by industry sources that top government official Peter Wilkinson, the man who bragged at a Tory party meeting that he wanted a “punch up” with rail unions and...
Region: South East and Anglia
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LETTER TO MR CHARLES HORTON OFFERING TO SUSPEND ACTION
Charles Horton Managing Director Govia Thameslink Railway Ltd Monument Place 24 Monument Street London EC3R 8AJ Our Ref: BR2/0146 5th August 2016 Dear Charles, Role of the Guard and Extension of DOO – Southern (GTR) I am writing in response to your...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT offers to suspend Southern strike
Rail union RMT confirmed this morning that it is taking a new offer into the ACAS talks with Southern today – the union will suspend next week’s action if the company meet Scotrail’s offer this week that gives guarantees on...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT presses GTR for urgent talks in Southern guards dispute
RMT presses Govia Thameslink for urgent talks in Southern guards safety dispute Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said "RMT officials have already cleared the diaries and are available for serious and genuine ACAS talks which is exactly what we have...
Region: South East and Anglia
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New Southern strike dates announced
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed a new programme of industrial action involving Southern rail guards after a point blank refusal by both the company and the Government to engage with the union as the clock ticks down towards the 21st...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Shocking new BBC audio reveals GTR staff abuse
Shocking new audio released this morning by the BBC reveals that Govia Thameslink staff are being spat at, punched and threatened with stabbing due to a constant barrage of company lies about the reasons for the constant chaos across the...
Region: National
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INSTRUCTION TO MEMBERS NOT TO ROUTE LEARN IS CANCELLED
To all Conductors and Conductor Instructor Members – Southern GTR Role of the Guard & Extension of DOO – Southern (GTR) INSTRUCTION TO MEMBERS NOT TO ROUTE LEARN IS CANCELLED In my communication to you dated 21st July 2016 you were...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT to ballot station staff across GTR
Rail union RMT confirmed today that it to begin balloting station staff across Govia Thameslink Railways for industrial action over the threat to jobs, pay and safety from the impact of ticket office closures and the reorganisation of the workforce....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, station staff, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, ticket offices
PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF STATION HOSTS – GTR
Our Ref BR2/2/2 26th July 2016 TO ALL GTR STATION STAFF Dear Colleagues STATION STAFF TO BE BALLOTED! PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF STATION HOSTS – GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY I write concerning GTR’s proposed reorganisation of stations which will see the creation of...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT calls for GTR to be exempted from franchise
New Parliamentary answers and the government’s appearance at the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee on Wednesday evening have revealed that the Government will be able take the Southern Franchise off GTR if the new rail minister rejects a new application from...
Region: South East and Anglia
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ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Our Ref: BR2/0146 21st July 2016 Dear Colleague, ROLE OF THE GUARD & EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) I write further to my letter dated 7th July 2016, to update you further on the current situation. I would firstly like to...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT dismisses half-hearted, belated apology
RAIL UNION RMT has dismissed as "too little, too late" an apology that was dragged out of senior DfT official Peter Wilkinson at the Transport Select Committee yesterday following remarks he made at a Tory beano back in February where...
Region: National
Tagged with: peter wilkinson, dft, transport select committee, doo, driver only operation, southern, scotrail
RMT says passengers and staff "being held hostage" by GTR
Rail union RMT said today that passengers and staff are being "held hostage" by Govia Thameslink as services collapsed into dangerous chaos last night with Brighton Station closed due to lethal overcrowding. Services this morning have been plagued by delays,...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Govia performance at rock-bottom
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded urgent action from the new Transport Secretary and his team as the latest performance figures revealed that, despite being allowed to cancel nearly 350 trains a day under the so-called “emergency timetable” the service on GTR...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT responds to Transport Secretary McLoughlin's attack
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said “It is disgraceful that the Transport Secretary has opted to attack the front-line, safety-critical staff rather than sacking Govia Thameslink whose gross mismanagement of this basket-case franchise has pushed it into total meltdown. “The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Southern forced to press-gang managers into being guards
Rail union RMT revealed today that every manager on Southern Rail with the correct safety certification has been press-ganged into working as an ad-hoc guard to try and make the emergency timetable work – proving the union’s core claim that...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT seeks urgent clarification from rail minister
RAIL UNION RMT today wrote to rail minister Claire Perry seeking urgent clarification in writing on her “offer” over the jobs and role of guards on Southern Rail services and called for a face to face meeting. Despite press comments...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT on Southern "crisis timetable"
"The new timetable also means that the vast reduction in services, approved by the Government, will leave remaining trains dangerously overcrowded and it will be our members at the sharp end ‎left to manage the safety of the passengers while...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT makes new approach to seek to resolve GTR dispute
TRAIN UNION RMT is offering a new approach in a bid to resolve the GTR dispute. It is a dispute about the proposed removal of conductors from trains and the implications that removing these safety critically trained staff would have....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN GTR
Our Ref BR2/0146 7th July 2016 TO ALL GTR SOUTHERN CONDUCTORS ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN GTR I write to give members an update on the latest developments in our long running dispute with GTR which...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation
RMT responds to confirmation of GTR emergency timetable
“The managers at GTR pay themselves fat salaries and bonuses, in reward for failure on an epic scale, while the staff on the trains and platforms are left to take the blame for the bosses incompetence. “This so called emergency...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr
Britain's worst rail franchise given green light to cancel
On the eve of the Transport Select Committee taking evidence from rail union RMT on the gross mismanagement of the collapsing GTR franchise the union reveals today that the Government have given Govia Thameslink permission to introduce an emergency timetable...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
RMT calls for Parliamentary inquiry over GTR
New information supplied to the RMT has revealed that Civil Servants at the Department for Transport are authorising train cancellations on GTR. The shocking news comes on the day that guards strike over jobs and safety on Southern and confirms...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
Mick Cash on the Southern Rail picket line
  Press picture hand out. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Our members on Southern are rock solid in support of the action this morning in the fight to stop the basket-case GTR franchise from ripping apart the safety culture on...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors, gtr, govia
Southern rail bosses embroiled in a new bonus scandal
RAIL UNION RMT today reveals new parliamentary questions which show that Government fines on Govia Thamelink Railway for poor performance are less than the £3.4 million the company paid in bonuses and salary to just two of GTR’s directors  ...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT on ORR and RSSB wading in to support Southern Rail
General Secretary Mick Cash said: " The RSSB is funded by the train companies so of course they are going to wade in to support one of their financial backers in this dispute over the safety-critical  role of the guards. They...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductor
Southern performance sinks to rock bottom in latest stats
Below RMT reproduces the latest performance stats on GTR services from Friday which shows that they have sunk to an all time low. The union received reports of dangerous overcrowding on services on Friday, particularly on the London to Brighton...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT responds to comments from Southern boss
General Secretary Mick Cash said; “Passengers and staff alike are sick and tired of the Southern top bosses and the Government trying to blame everyone other than themselves for the chaos that they have unleashed on Britain's biggest rail franchise.‎...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Southern lies exposed
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a picture tweeted by a passenger – Cliff Heys-Limonard – of the 1303 service from Brighton to Chichester on Wednesday that was cancelled by the company due to “ staff sickness.” The picture shows the driver...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, guards, conductors
New RMT Hotline exposes GTR delays
In less than a week since rail union RMT set up a dedicated helpline for people to let us know about GTR ‘train cancellations’ we have definitive evidence of 33 trains cancelled where staff were available and ready to work but...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, thameslink, doo, driver only operation, conductors, guards
RMT exposes GTR "Five Big Lies"
In a desperate attempt to further obscure the truth GTR are today holding an ‘information session’ between 12.30pm and 3pm in Dining Room B, a private bolt hole for corporate lobbying in the House of Commons, to brief MPs about...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gatwick express, gtr, southern, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
Govia now declare war on Gatwick Express staff
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the failing Govia Thameslink Railway’s franchise has now shifted its attacks and abuse on staff from those working on the Southern Rail part of the operations to Gatwick Express in what the union has...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gatwick express, govia, gtr, southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors, charles horton
Southern caught red-handed lying about staff sickness impact
  In a letter to Southern MD Charles Horton – attached – the union pulls out two recent examples of how the company is attempting to shift the scandal of short-staffing and managerial incompetence onto the front-line workforce – leaving...
Region: South East and Anglia
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RMT warns Southern
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that a persistent campaign of abuse and denigration of its front-line workforce by Southern/GTR is leaving staff open to attacks and assaults by members of the public who may have bought into the company lies....
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, charles horton, conductors, driver only operation
RMT demands to see records of Southern bosses
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded to see the personal sickness, pay and perks records of the top bosses currently running the basket-case, rip-off Southern Rail franchise into the ground. The union demand has come after the company took the step...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT demands action from Government
‎RMT demands action from Government as even Tory MP's are now queuing up to demand that GTR be stripped of their franchise RAIL UNION RMT today stepped up the pressure for Government action on basket-case rail franchise GTR as even...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, conductors, driver only operation, doo
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR)
Most of you are aware that Southern management has reached a new low in industrial relations. They will be sending members not allocated Conductors positions a letter giving them 12 weeks’ notice of termination of their post. Members will then be...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, conductors, driver only operation
RMT hits back at Southern’s "campaign of misinformation"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “There has been a disgraceful campaign of misinformation by GTR over the staffing crisis on Southern Trains that has led to more services being cancelled today.‎ The blame for those cancellations lies solely with...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT slams "disgraceful" Southern/GTR press report
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed Southern/GTR for "disgraceful and provocative" behaviour as it emerged in a report in the Times this morning that the company have deliberately engineered disputes with their staff in an attempt to smash the unions so...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, conductors, driver only operation
RMT hits back at Southern's "deliberate misinformation"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "There has been a disgraceful campaign of misinformation by GTR over the staffing crisis on Southern Trains that has led to more services being cancelled today.‎ The blame for those cancellations lies solely with...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern Guards, GTR
RMT Southern Guards Strike "Solid and Determined"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involved hundreds of guards on Southern Rail is “solid and determined” this morning as staff fight to put safety before profits on the routes across the franchise. The union said today that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern Guards Strike, GTR
MPs and Passengers back Southern Guards
MPs have tabled a motion in parliament saying that at  “a time of record growth in passenger numbers passengers want more staff, including a guard on every train and keeping ticket offices open.”   The news comes the day before...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern Guards, GTR
RMT hits back at Southern's campaign of misinformation
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “There has been a disgraceful campaign of misinformation by GTR over the staffing crisis on Southern Trains that has led to more services being cancelled today. “The hard fact is that this company does...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern Guards, GTR
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 12th May 2016 Dear Colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) Further to my previous correspondence with regards to the above dispute, the matter has again been subject to recent consideration by your...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, driver only operation, conductors
RMT announces new Southern guards strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has switched the next strike date for action involving guards on GTR Southern as the company steps up its attacks on staff supporting the union campaign over the threat to the role of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHANGE STRIKE DATES The National Executive Committee has changed the dates of the next strike from Friday 20th May to Wednesday 18th May. As I advised...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT switches Southern guards strike action
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed this morning that it has switched the next strike date for action involving guards on GTR Southern as the union’s executive prepares for a prolonged campaign over the threat to the role of the guards and...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, conductors, doo, gtr, govia
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE CHANGE STRIKE DATES The National Executive Committee has asked me to congratulate you on the solid strike action you took on the 26th April. We have had a lot of support from the public who understand the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, gtr, govia, conductors
Southern GTR dispute update
SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ACTING ILLEGALLY ON PAY AND PASSES SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ACTING ILLEGALLY BY BULLYING AND HARASSING STAFF   SOUTHERN MANAGEMENT ACTING ILLEGALLY BY BREACHING THEIR FRANCHISE AGREEMENT Pay and Passes I am writing to let you know what the union...
Region: South East and Anglia
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ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 29 April 2016 Dear colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) You will by now have seen a form which management are asking you to sign to give an undertaking that you will not...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, gtr, conductors
Southern management walk out of talks
Southern Rail management have today walked out of talks around the guards safety-dispute across the franchise and have ratcheted up the temperature by issuing a threatening letter to staff asking them to sign an undertaking that they will take no...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, doo, driver only operation, conductors
RMT prepares to ballot Southern GTR station staff
RAIL UNION RMT confirmed today that it has begun preparations for a ballot of station staff across Southern GTR for industrial action in response to a direct threat to services, jobs and staff safety from the company’s plans to close...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, ticket offices
RMT Southern guards strike solid and united
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involved hundreds of guards on Southern Rail is “solid and united” on its second day as hundreds of staff continue the fight to put safety before profits on the routes across the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Southern
RMT Southern guards strike "rock solid"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that industrial action involved hundreds of guards on Southern Rail, which kicked off at 11am, is rock solid across the franchise with pickets out in force at all key locations.   The union is distributing...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation, govia, conductors
RMT challenges Southern claims
A spokesperson for RMT said:   “These figures on operational services during the Southern dispute are complete fiction and just make the company look even more ridiculous as it continues to wage war with its staff and customers over the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, govia, conductors, doo, driver only operation
Core points at heart of Southern guards dispute
RAIL UNION RMT today began distributing information to the general public at stations across Southern rail setting out the three core issues at the heart of the strike action that starts at 11am tomorrow – 26 th April: •  Removal of...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, GTR, Guards Dispute
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
You will by now have received a very threatening letter from Charles Horton, the Chief Executive Officer and I can honestly say that I have never seen such a disgraceful communication. I’m afraid it just proves how little the company...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, govia, driver only operation
A letter from Southern Conductors
  To All Our Customers We feel it is important to explain to you, our customers, why we are in dispute with GTR and why we have been forced into taking strike action this week. GTR have decided that  from...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation, conductors, gtr, govia
RMT Southern guards record massive vote for strike action
With 393 ballot papers sent out the vote recorded‎; Strike Action.  Cast 321 Yes 306 No 14 Spoilt 1.  Industrial Action Short of Strike.  Cast 321 Yes 320 No 1 Spoilt 0. The massive mandate for action will now be considered by RMT's executive. The unions core demands are:...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, doo, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 19th April 2016 Dear Colleague ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) Further to my previous correspondence with regards to the above matter and where I informed you of the magnificent results in the...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, govia, gtr, doo, driver only operation, conductors
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) SAME OLD SOUTHERN NEGOTIATE WITH THREATS! You will probably have received a communication from Alex Foulds, Passenger Services Director. It seems all the top managers felt it necessary to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, doo, driver only operation
IMPOSITION OF 12-CAR DOO, DRIVERS, SOUTHERN/GATWICK EXPRESS
Our Ref: BR2/0146 14th April 2016 Dear Colleague IMPOSITION OF 12-CAR DOO, DRIVERS, SOUTHERN/GATWICK EXPRESS SERVICES – GOVIA THAMESLINK RAILWAY I write with regards to the above matter and to inform you that the RMT are in dispute with GTR over...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gatwick express, govia
Ballot for action over jobs and safety on Southern rail
RAIL UNION RMT said today that balloting of 300 conductors on Southern services ,operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, is now well under way and will conclude on Tuesday, 19th April. The ballot, for both strike action and action short of a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, doo, govia, thameslink
ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO
Our Ref: BR2/0146 31st March 2016 Dear Colleagues, ROLE OF THE GUARD AND EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN (GTR) Further to my personal letter dated 22nd March 2016 headed ‘Restructuring of On-Board Staff – Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) the National Executive Committee...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gtr, doo, driver only operation
RMT calls on Govt to scrap Govia ticket office plans
In light of the fact that London Travelwatch has now clearly told Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) that it “was not able to support” the ticket office change proposals, rail union RMT today called on Claire Perry, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, thameslink, great northern, southern rail
RMT secures victory in fight to stop "ticket office carnage"
Following on from a massive RMT-led campaign the Board of London Travel watch have today opposed all of the Govia Thameslink Railways proposals to shut or change opening hours at ticket offices in London. Keep ticket offices open campaign card...
Region: National
Tagged with: Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern, Ticket Offices
Threatened ticket offices used over 190 million times
New RMT research has revealed the plain stupidity of proposals to axe and downgrade 84 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise.   Keep ticket offices open campaign card Using official figures from the Office of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: thameslink, great northern, southern rail, ticket offices, govia
Deadline looms for ticket office closure consultation
RAIL UNION RMT today launched a concerted push to urge passengers to respond to the public consultation over plans to axe and downgrade 84 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise. Keep ticket offices open campaign...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, gtr, thameslink, great northern, southern ticket office
Urgent Action GTR ticket offices
Full details of the proposals and an e-mail facility to complain can be found on the RMT website. http://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/keep-ticket-offices-open-govia/ Keep ticket offices open campaign card With e-mails and if you are organising petitions or postcard responses please note we only...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia, thameslink, great northern, southern, ticket office
Next phase of fight over rail ticket office closures
This Thursday’s morning rush hour (3rd March) - from  7.30 am at  South London’s Balham train station - will see RMT members and Assistant General Secretary Steve Hedley out in force to encourage passengers to protest and complain about Govia’s outrageous plans to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, southern, great northern, thameslink, ticket office
Mass rail ticket office closure plan across the South
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the public consultation over plans to axe and downgrade 81 rail station ticket offices across the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise appears to have finally kicked off today in total and utter chaos as...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, thameslink, southern rail, great northern
RMT to fight "ticket office carnage"
RAIL UNION RMT said today that it is to launch an immediate campaign to defend jobs and services as it emerged that 81 stations are being set up to lose their ticket offices in a formal public consultation across routes served...
Region: National
Tagged with: thameslink, southern rail, great northern, govia, ticket offices
RMT steps up pressure on Southern
RAIL UNION RMT today called for “an end to the warnings and a move to real action” from the Government to take the failing Southern Rail franchise into direct public ownership as staff launched a new fight for safety over...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, govia thameslink railways
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2015
Our Ref: BR2/0001/SGX(E) 7th January 2016 Dear colleague, Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2015 – Southern/Gatwick Express Engineering Grades Further to previous correspondence, the referendum of you and your colleagues has concluded with the following result:- Are you prepared to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gatwick express
Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2015
Our Ref: BR2/0001/SR 7th January 2016 Dear colleague, Rates of Pay & Conditions of Service 2015 – Southern/Gatwick Express (Excl. Engineering Grades) Further to previous correspondence, the referendum of you and your colleagues has concluded with the following result:- Are you prepared...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gatwick express
Breakdown in Industrial Relations
Our Ref: BR2/14/2 23rd December 2015 Dear Colleague Breakdown in Industrial Relations, Conductors – Southern Further to my Circular No IR/307/15 dated the 16th December 2015 with regards to the above matter and where I informed you of the magnificent results in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, conductors
Role of the Guard
:   Our Ref: BR2/0146 23rd December 2015   Dear Colleague   ROLE OF THE GUARD, EXTENSION OF DOO – SOUTHERN   For some considerable time, the RMT has been seeking written assurances from Southern GTR not to bring forward plans to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, doo
RMT calls for action
RMT calls for action after another morning of chaos on Govia Thameslink - Britain's worst performing rail franchise Rail union RMT today demanded that the Government take action to cancel and nationalise the basket-case Govia Thameslink franchise after another morning of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: govia, thameslink, southern rail,
Southern Rail conductors strike ballot
Balloting of conductors on Southern Rail has delivered more than 70% for strike action and an even bigger majority for action short of a strike. The dispute is over a range of issues which have led to a comprehensive breakdown in...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, conductors
Southern/Gatwick Express & Govia Thameslink Railway
Our Ref: BR2/0001 30th November 2015 Dear Colleague, Southern/Gatwick Express & Govia Thameslink Railway 2015 Pay Dispute Referring to our previous correspondence, I write to advise you of the latest developments in the matter of your pay. Your negotiating team had another...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, gatwick express, govia thameslink
RMT strike ballot of Southern Rail conductors begins
Balloting of nearly 400 conductors on Southern Rail for both strike action and action short of a strike begins this week over a range of issues which have led to a comprehensive breakdown in industrial relations:   •    Failure to deal...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, ballot, conductors
RMT to ballot Southern Rail conductors for strike action
•    Failure to deal with rostering issues raised by the union despite prolonged negotiations •    Abuse of the Conductors Restructuring Agreement •    Insufficient establishment levels to cover work   Despite strenuous efforts by RMT officials to resolve these issues through...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, conductors, ballot
RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2015
Our Ref: BR2/0001/SR 1 October 2015 Dear colleague RATES OF PAY AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE 2015 – SOUTHERN/GATWICK EXPRESS Meetings have been held between your union and Southern/Gatwick Express with regards to this year’s pay increase. While no written offer has yet been...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, gatwick express
Anger grows at Rail Gourmet
RAIL UNION RMT revealed today that Rail Gourmet were told three months ago by Southern/TSGN that their catering trolley services were to be axed this weekend sparking even more anger over the fact that the company left it until this...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, rail gourmet
Southern catering staff sacked
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed Southern/Thameslink Railways and their catering company Rail Gourmet for “treating low paid staff like dirt” as it was confirmed that the contract will be axed on Saturday at just four days notice with staff dumped...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, catering
RMT SUSPENDS SOUTHERN ENGINEERS STRIKE ACTION
RAIL UNION RMT today confirmed that strike action by fleet engineers on Southern Rail due to start this weekend has been suspended after a breakthrough in last minute talks with the company this morning.   Agreement has been reached on...
Region: National
Tagged with: Southern, Industrial Action
Southern Rail strike action on
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The strike action on Southern Rail this weekend and running through next week is on as the latest offer from the company was wholly inadequate. "We expect rock solid support from the fleet engineers following...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, strike action, engineers
Breakdown in Industrial Relations, Engineering Grades
Our Ref: BR2/14/2 2nd July 2015   Dear Colleague,   BREAKDOWN IN INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, ENGINEERING GRADES - SOUTHERN   First of all let me congratulate all of you on the recent ballot, you produced an excellent result and you should be commended...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, engineers
Engineers vote nine to one for action on Southern Rail
RMT has now considered the ballot result and has now announced that all affected members are instructed not to book on for any shifts that commence between:-   •    16:59 on Sunday 12th July 2015 and 16:59 on Friday 17th July 2015.  ...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, engineers, strike action
Engineers ballot on Southern Rail begins today
This dispute is about:   1.      Reducing the working week to 35 hours. 2.      Management Imposing rosters 3.      The Lean project 4.      PTR&R Agreement.   In the 2013 pay settlement, management agreed to have a working group of RMT reps and managers...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern rail, engineers, ballot
Engineers on Southern Rail to be balloted for action
For some considerable time RMT Engineering Grade representatives at Southern have been raising concerns over a number of issues our members are experiencing difficulties with. Our local representatives at Selhurst depot had been involved in lengthy discussions with management to...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, southern rail, ballot, engineers
RMT demands action over assaults on staff at London Bridge
RMT has also revealed that concerns from signalling staff about the operational plans, well before they were put in place, were ignored and that staff and union input into the process was woeful. In the letter to NR and the...
Region: National
Tagged with: london bridge, thameslink, southern, southeastern
RMT on continuing chaos at London Bridge this morning
“This morning’s latest delays and pressures are now the norm at one of London’s busiest stations and it affects all operators through London Bridge – Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink. It doesn’t help that the Mayor and Transport for London seem...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: london bridge, southern, southeastern, thameslink
RMT blames cuts as rail services hit by staff shortages
"In the new year train companies , including Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern,  are threatening more staffing cuts which would make a dire service even worse. With passengers stumping up thousands of pounds a year to travel these routes they will...
Region: National
Tagged with: thameslink, southern, great northern
Southern train crew to be balloted in dispute over rostering
Staff were presented with new work schedules with very little notice – and without consultation – in spite of the fact that the company has had 18 months to prepare for engineering works at London Bridge for the Thameslink project. The...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southern, tsgn, thameslink, london bridge
New combined TSGN franchise
START OF ROLLING CAMPAIGN – 0800,  Monday 15 September RMT together with our sister unions is holding a protest at Blackfriars Station on the morning of Monday 15 September against the new merged Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise - which commences...
Region: National
Tagged with: tsgn, thameslink, southern, great northern, doo
Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern protest on Tuesday
The RMT backed Action for Rail campaign will hold a day of action on Tuesday (17 June) to protest the proposed new single merged Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) franchise. The government intends that the company Govia Thameslink operate a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: action for rail, thameslink, southern, great northern
RMT and Merton and Sutton TUC host joint public meeting
The meeting, which is open to the public, will hear about the so-called “super-franchise”, due to be awarded later this year, which would merge Southern with Thameslink. The plan includes removing all guards from the services, with the loss of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: rmt, merton and sutton tuc, thameslink, southern