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Taxpayers’ money to fund thousands of rail redundancies
RAIL UNION RMT has today demanded that the Government intervene and withdraw a massive job cuts scheme proposed by the rail industry as it is revealed taxpayer will be funding the redundancy payments. The union has also said in a...
Region: National
Tagged with: RIRG, Voluntary Severance, Transport Focus, Redundancies, Tory Government
RMT on rail track electrification progress
RAIL UNION RMT today issued a scathing assessment of the Government’s record on delivering a low carbon railway as statistics released today show the UK lagging far behind our European neighbours. The UK now has just 37.9% of route kilometres electrified,...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Electrification, Network Rail, COP26, Tory Government
Boris Johnson’s bluster
RMT, the union for UK seafarers, today released figures showing that Boris Johnson’s bluster on Tories supporting UK employment and wage growth is blown away by statistics revealing a massive decline in UK seafarer employment, compounded by poverty wages in...
Region: National
Tagged with: Seafarers, Ratings, Boris Johnson, Conservative conference, Tory Government, UK
RMT on Johnson speech
RMT says Johnson speech on high skill, high wage workforce a million miles from the reality of pay freezes, exploitation and skills shortages that threaten transport services General Secretary Mick Lynch said; “Its hypocrisy in the extreme for the prime...
Region: National
Tagged with: Boris Johnson, Conservative Conference, Tory Government,
RMT calls for halt to planned cuts
RAIL UNION RMT has called for a reversal of planned cuts across Network Rail, TFL and the train operating companies after the rail minister said today that the Government are expecting passenger numbers to return to pre-COVID levels as the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Job Cuts, Network Rail, Transport for London, TfL, TOC's, Tory Government,
Pandemic profiteering has to stop
RAIL UNION RMT has called on the government to stop FirstGroup paying out a planned £500 million to shareholders this year, a sum it increased recently in part as a consequence of its franchise termination agreement with the government for...
Region: National
Tagged with: Pandemic Profiteering, National Rail Contracts, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
RMT calls on UK to learn lessons of Welsh Government
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today welcomed the news that the Welsh Government will be suspending all future road building plans and will instead be prioritising public transport and active travel to meet their statutory target of net zero emissions by 2050. This...
Region: National
Tagged with: Bus, Rail, Road, COP26, Westminster, Tory Government
RMT calls for end to TfL stalemate
TUBE AND TFL union RMT today called for an end to the continuing stalemate and uncertainty over a TFL funding agreement and demanded a long term package that guarantees jobs and services as London begins to emerge out of lockdown...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground, Tube, Funding, Tory Government,
RMT slams "disgraceful stitch up" TFL short-term funding deal
“This is a disgraceful stitch up of a deal and it will be resisted by our members whether it comes from Whitehall or City Hall through London wide industrial action if necessary. "It is completely unacceptable for transport workers who...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, London Underground, Tube, Funding, Tory Government
Britain's main rail union RMT responds to Williams Report
“This is a missed opportunity by the Government to make a clean break from the failures of the past that have left Britain's railways in the slow lane. “The Government talk about ending a generation of fragmentation but then leave...
Region: National
Tagged with: Williams Report, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government,
RMT calls for full inquiry into Government’s backroom sweetheart deals
Britain’s largest rail Union RMT today slammed the Government for conducting backroom deals with Train Operating Companies and allowing them to break their franchise contracts with minimal termination fees following the collapse of the contracts. At the same time the...
Region: National
Tagged with: First Group, TransPennine Express, DfT, Department for Transport, Tory Government,
RMT accuses the Government of deceiving the British public
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has accused the Government of deceiving the British public and transport workers with a Queen’s Speech that made no mention of their planned cuts agenda across rail and bus sectors. Network Rail are currently planning cuts that...
Region: National
Tagged with: Network Rail, Tory Government, Cuts Agenda, Rail, Bus
Government policy on green freight transport not fit for purpose
Following the publication of the new Government figures to boost freight support transport union RMT today said the Government policy to increase green freight transport in advance of COP26 was not fit for purpose. Official Government statistics show that the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Rail Freight, Green Freight, COP26, DfT, Tory Government
RMT on Government cuts agenda
Responding to Network Rail’s final report on how the resilience of the UK’s rail network can be improved, in light of the Stonehaven tragedy last year RMT has warned that the Government cuts agenda will damage efforts to make the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Stonehaven, Network Rail, Tory Government, Rail Enhancements
RMT research reveals COVID corporate cash grab scandal
As the Government increases passenger rail fares by 2.6% today, new research by RMT reveals that the private train operating and rolling stock companies’ profits from last year stand to be equivalent to 15 pence of every pound passengers paid on fares...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, TOC's, Train Operating Companies, ROSCO's, Rolling Stock Companies, EMA, Emergency Measures Agreement, ERMA, Emergency Recovery Measures Agreement, DfT, Privatisation, Tory Government
RMT on Government's Williams Review
The government’s long delayed rail review, set to be highlighted by Keith Williams today, is all about saving rail privatisation rather than saving the railways RMT has warned. Media reports have indicated that Williams has submitted proposals to the Treasury...
Region: National
Tagged with: William Review, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government, Grant Shapps, Keith Williams
RMT Government call over Tyne and Wear Metro
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has called on Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to step in and approve funds that will provide long-term stability to the struggling Tyne and Wear Metro. The Metro, which carried 36 million passenger trips in 2018/19 and serves...
Region: North East
Tagged with: Tyne and Wear Metro, Grant Shapps, Nexus, Covid-19, Tory Government
RMT on impact on transport of latest Government COVID-19 measures
"The scenes of overcrowding and chaos on rail services last night were a disgrace and must not be repeated. They reflect the shambolic approach of the Government that has been a hallmark of their management of the COVID pande‎mic. Our...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tier 4, Transport, Rail Industry Coronavirus Forum, Tory Government
RMT demands reversal of £1 billion rail budget cuts
RMT’s demand comes after an admission by the Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris that the new budget would be £1 billion less than the £10.4 billion previously pledged for the five year Control Period 6 from 2019 to 2024 following the Chancellor’s Spending Review...
Region: National
Tagged with: Spending Review, Rail Budget Cuts, Tory Government, Rail Network,
RMT calls for urgent support for Eurostar
RAIL UNION RMT ‎has called for urgent Government financial support for the crucial Eurostar link to the continent, warning that a failure to act threatens the future of the service and the thousands of jobs that it supports. In a...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Eurostar, Covid-19, Tory Government, Financial Support
RMT on politically motivated attacks on TfL
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has revealed today that Londoners face a bleak future in which the capital’s transport network will be starved of money if the government gets its way. The union’s research exposes the double standards at the heart of...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Transport for London, TfL, Train Operating Companies, TOCs, Funding, Tory Government
RMT responds to MSPs safety concerns
RAIL UNION RMT today welcomed Members of the Scottish Parliament raising much needed awareness of safety concerns on Scotland’s railway following reports that Network Rail in Scotland has over 200 infrastructure vacancies whilst at the same time some of the biggest...
Region: Scotland
Tagged with: Network Rail, Scotland, Babcock Rail, SPL Powerlines, Story Plant, AMCO, Redundancies
RMT responds to Govt extension of emergency measures on GWR
Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "It's vital that the Government continue to finance our railways as the broken privatised system has shown it simply cannot withstand a crisis. With Ministers pushing their back to work drive we need...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: Great Western Railway, GWR, Emergency Measures, Tory Government, Privatisation,
RMT ramps up campaign to halt privatisation of Tube
TUBE UNION RMT today wrote to Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps demanding that the government come clean on plans to privatise London Underground as part of its takeover of Transport for London. Yesterday, the Secretary of State announced...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, tube, TfL, Tory Government, Privatisation, driverless
RMT warns against Government Tube privatisation plans
TUBE UNION RMT today responded to the government terms of the review into Transport for London which say there will be a: “review of the current operating model and whether there are any opportunities that alternative operating models could bring...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: London Underground, tube, lul, tfl, Tory Government, driverless
RMT calls for an end to the charade of rail privatisation
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the government end the charade of privatisation and the grotesque waste of franchising after it was confirmed that the Office for National Statistics have reclassified the debts of the private train operators as part...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Grant Shapps, Transport Secretary, Tory Government, Rail Privatisation
RMT says future government support for rail services must not be tied to cuts
According to reports, the Government is planning an additional 18 months of financial support for the private rail operators, until March 2022, and this funding could be linked to cost-saving cuts. This follows a recent statement from Boris Johnson that emergency funding...
Region: National
Tagged with: Tory Government, Rail Nationalisation, Private Rail Operators,
RMT demands that Government get a grip
RMT Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said; "RMT has warned repeatedly that the confused and conflicted messaging from Government risked unleashing chaos on our transport services with social distancing a physical impossibility. That is exactly what has happened in Bournemouth...
Region: Wessex
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, Social Distancing
RMT calls for rail to be taken into public ownership
Commenting on figures released today by the Office of Rail and Road, which show that passenger delay repay claims closed by train companies increased by 17% to 6.3 million last year, RMT Senior Assistant General Secretary Mick Lynch said: “This massive increase...
Region: National
Tagged with: ORR, Office of Rail and Road, Tory Government, Delay Repay,
RMT claims victory over Government’s volunteer stunt
RAIL UNION RMT today claimed a victory for common sense as it appears the Government’s volunteer “Journey Makers” programme has been shelved. A leaked email from one of the volunteer programme’s providers admitted that due to disagreement between unions and...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
Ministers confirm £3.5 billion rail bail out
RAIL UNION RMT said that despite parliamentary answers confirming today that Train Operating Companies are to be bailed out by the Government to the tune of £3.5 Billion it is still totally unclear whether new contracts will be agreed by...
Region: National
Tagged with: Train Operating Companies, TOCS, Rail Privatisation, Tory Government,
RMT responds to Government on face masks
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “There is a real danger that the Government and the Rail Delivery Group are sending out a signal that as long as you cover your face you are safe to ‎head back onto the...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, Rail Delivery Group, RDG, face masks
RMT warns of strike action over transport austerity
RAIL UNION RMT today responded with fury after being made aware of Government plans to introduce a workforce of unpaid and unskilled ‘Transport Guardian Angels’ on our railway network. The contract between the Department for Transport and volunteering charity ‘Volunteering...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Transport Guardian Angels, Grant Shapps, Tory Government,
RMT on news Government has provided £35m to Ferry companies
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “No freight moves without seafarers. The Government needs to remember this when dishing out public money to private ferry companies during the pandemic. “We are extremely concerned that this money is not available on...
Region: National
Tagged with: P&O Ferries, ferry companies, Tory government,
RMT issues fresh COVID-19 advice to members
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today issued fresh guidance to members across rail and tube to refuse to work where safety is compromised due to the potentially lethal consequences of the Governments confused and contradictory messaging over the COVID-19 lockdown. The union...
Region: National
Tagged with: Covid-19, Tory Government, safety, social distancing
RMT slams grossly irresponsible Tube position
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: "At a time when we are trying to encourage people to stay away from the tube so we can concentrate on moving essential workers the government call ‎to reinstate a full service is grossly...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: Covid-19, coronavirus, London Underground, lul, tube, tory government,
RMT sets out list of demands to employers over Coronavirus
TRANSPORT UNION RMT has today written to employers across the industry setting out a list of core demands designed to protect the safety of both staff and the public as well as the rights and livelihoods of the transport workforce....
Region: National
Tagged with: coronavirus, pay, sickness, tory government
RMT on Government's HS2 announcement
RMT has called for the setting up of a jobs and skills taskforce with the union's at its core which will map the scale of the deficit and set out a plan of action to deliver HS2 and other projects....
Region: National
Tagged with: hs2, high speed 2, tory government,
RMT on Government Bus Funding Announcement
Bus fares continue to rise, disproportionately affecting passengers in rural and non-metropolitan areas and local authorities remain prohibited from running bus services in the public sector. This is why RMT is urging the Government to ensure its National Bus Strategy...
Region: National
Tagged with: bus funding, tory government, national bus strategy, transport select committee
RMT accuses Trenitalia of trying to force bail out
RAIL UNION RMT today accused Italian state operator Trenitalia of trying to force the British people into a £20 million taxpayer bail out of their failing C2C franchise in the latest scandal to rock Britain's collapsing private rail industry. It...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: c2c, trenitalia, bail out, rail privatisation, tory government,
RMT demands public ownership of railway
RAIL UNION RMT today demanded full public ownership of Britain's failing private railways as the twice yearly rail passengers satisfaction survey today laid bare the state of the franchise chaos. The survey found that the lowest ratings for overall satisfaction...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail franchise, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT responds to Government spin on £500 million investment
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The idea that this is a reversal of the Beeching Cuts is PR spin way out of control. This is a bare-faced attempt to distract attention from the daily chaos on Northern, South Western, Trans...
Region: National
Tagged with: railway investment, tory government, beeching, rail franchising
RMT reveals full extent of shareholders’ bonanza
As fares rise on our railways yet again today, rail union RMT has revealed that private companies have siphoned off £4.4 billion in dividends to shareholders in the last ten years. The union analysed the company accounts of every train...
Region: National
Tagged with: fare rises, tory government, rail privatisation,
RMT slams Tory Government
General secretary Mick Cash said "The UK rail network is being used as a cash-cow by speculative foreign outfits who see us as a money making opportunity with little or no risk involved. Far from taking back control, under Boris...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail privatisation, tory government, press association
RMT says cut the talking and terminate Northern franchise
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "There can be no more warnings, no more second chances and no more special measures. The time has come to sweep the national embarrassment of the Arriva Rail North franchise off the railway for good...
Region: North West
Tagged with: Arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, tory government
RMT responds to Govt's response to Bus report
RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “RMT is angry, frustrated and disappointed at this missed opportunity to take action to address the massive decline in the bus industry. Routes have been cut, thousands of bus drivers have lost their jobs...
Region: National
Tagged with: transport select committee, health of the bus market, bus, tory government,
RMT on Queen's Speech
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "As we suspected all we are getting is the current failed rail franchising model re-packaged and re-branded. It's the same old "commercial model" and the Tory principle that profits and privatisation come first remains locked...
Region: National
Tagged with: queens speech, franchising, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT on trailed Govt Queens Speech announcement
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "From what we've seen trailed by the Government on rail franchising this is nothing new and the old Tory principle that profits and privatisation come first remains locked in. Nobody will be fooled by...
Region: National
Tagged with: tory government, rail privatisation, queens speech,
RMT on latest Brexit ferries moves
MARITIME UNION RMT has written to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps today demanding Government action to protect and expand job opportunities and working conditions for British seafarers in the latest twist of the on-going Brexit Ferries saga. RMT is warning that...
Region: National
Tagged with: brexit ferries, irish ferries, seatruck, grant shapps, tory government
RMT's Mick Cash response to Grant Shapps
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash responding to Grant Shapps’ admission on Sky this morning that train companies put profits over people, said; "When even hard line Tories start openly admitting that private train companies are putting profits top of their...
Region: National
Tagged with: grant shapps, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT reveals top ten least trusted train companies
On the day that rail union RMT will be moving a motion at the TUC in Brighton exposing the catastrophic impact on rail worker safety of decades of fragmentation, casualisation and private exploitation the union has revealed new data throwing...
Region: National
Tagged with: tuc, transport focus, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT to hold protests on day rail fares increases announced
Rail union RMT will holding a series of protests on Wednesday 14th August, the day that the increase in rail  fares on Britain’s railways is announced. In London a demonstration will take place at Kings Cross Station; other locations include...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fares, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT slams franchise chaos on Britain's railways
General Secretary Mick Cash said‎; "The cancellation of the competition for the Southeastern franchise shows yet again that the whole privatised rail system is broken and coming apart at the seams. The chaos of short-term extensions to get the Government...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: southeastern, williams review, rail review, privatised railway, tory government
RMT warns of private sector stitch-up from Rail Review
RAIL UNION RMT warned today that the long-awaited Government Rail Review – set up on the watch of serial failure Chris Grayling – is set to be a wholesale sell-out to the private operators, tightening their grip on the rail...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, williams review, keith williams, private sector, privatisation, tory government, dft
RMT exposes new £1.2 billion privatised rail rip-off
These three companies paid £1.2 billion in dividends to their shareholders between 2012 and 2018, enough to fund 700 new vehicles, while figures on inter-company lending suggest that this is just the tip of the iceberg. ‘The ROSCO Racket’ shines a light on...
Region: National
Tagged with: rosco, rolling stock companies, transport secretary, grant shapps, tory governmrnt,
RMT on Grayling blowing £85 million on Brexit ferries
MARITIME UNION RMT repeats demand this morning for Grayling's resignation as Public Accounts Committee reveals he blew £85 million on the Brexit ferries shambles. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "It is nothing short of shameful that while RMT members on...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, failinggrayling, tory government, brexit, ferry
Bob Crow Radical Hero
An exhibition of photographs at the People's History Museum in Manchester and a pamphlet, Bob Crow Radical Hero, was launched to coincide with the union's AGM in the city. Bob Crow Radical Hero   Mick Cash, current RMT general secretary,...
Region: National
Tagged with: bob crow, radical hero, people's history museum, rmt,
RMT on "We Own It" poll
Rail union RMT comments on new “We Own It” poll showing clear majority for public ownership of rail with less than one in five saying that privatisation has been a success. General Secretary Mick Cash said: “This poll is just...
Region: National
Tagged with: we own it, public ownership, tory government, privatisation
RMT smashes Grayling pay gap
Back in August 2018 Grayling announced to a huge fanfare that he was going to try and impose a pay norm on rail workers that would restrict pay increases to the lesser Consumer Prices Index (CPI) in a break from the...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, chris grayling, failing grayling, pay cap, cpi, rpi, tory government
RMT on Which? survey on passenger compensation
"No one who uses our privatised railways will be surprised that the greedy train companies are still abusing the compensation system to rip-off the travelling public. "Even worse, the private operators are claiming a fortune from the taxpayer in compo...
Region: National
Tagged with: which?, network rail, tory government, privatised railway
RMT warns of total chaos over rail franchises
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as it emerged that the private rail contractors club – the Rail Delivery Group - is calling for a new era of wholesale deregulation on the tracks that would effectively...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail delivery group, rail franchise, rail privatisation, tory government, chris grayling
RMT warns of total chaos as Virgin demands a free for all
Rail union RMT today warned of total chaos on the railways as Virgin Trains called for a new era of wholesale deregulation that would effectively allow private operators to bid route by route, slot by slot for the most lucrative...
Region: National
Tagged with: virgin trains, rail privatisation, rail review, tory government
Mick Cash to warn of co-ordinated action over pension threat
At a meeting this lunchtime at the Scottish TUC in Dundee RMT General Secretary Mick Cash will warn in stark terms of national, coordinated industrial action if there is any threat to staff pensions as a result of the collapse...
Region: National
Tagged with: pensions, stagecoach, virgin, scotrail, mick cash, tory government, rail privatisation, stuc
RMT's Mick Cash warns of national industrial action
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash warned today that any attempt to attack the pension rights of staff employed by train operating companies will result in industrial action ballots and co-ordinated action to defend the benefits accrued by the workforce. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: pensions, stagecoach, virgin, mick cash, tory government, rail privatisation,
RMT on news Stagecoach is banned from bidding for franchises
RAIL UNION RMT has demanded that immediate steps be taken to bring franchises involving Stagecoach into public ownership as it emerged that the company have been barred from bidding in the current round of franchise awards. RMT has warned that...
Region: National
Tagged with: stagecoach, virgin, rail privatisation, tory government, chris grayling
RMT slams national rail review fix
RAIL UNION RMT has branded the Government’s national rail review “a fix from top to bottom” after it was reported today that the business chief leading it has ruled out the option of public ownership before it’s even got out...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, keith williams, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT warning over plans to streamline rail fares
Rail union RMT has warned today that any plans to streamline and simplify Britain's rail fare structure will be undermined by the fragmentation of over two decades of privatisation. The warning comes as the Rail Delivery Group releases a report...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail delivery group, rail fares, privatisation, dft, tory government
RMT responds to rail regulator finance figures issued today
New Office of Road and Rail figures published today reveal that train operators paid themselves another £300 million in dividends last year, money that could have instead been used to fund the retention and expansion of staffing levels on trains...
Region: National
Tagged with: office of rail and road, orr, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT's Mick Cash responds to Chris Grayling
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash has responded to statements by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on the rail fares increase this morning blasting the "toxic combination of gross mismanagement and profiteering on Britain's rip-off railways" and repeating the call for Grayling's...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fares, rail privatisation, tory government, chris grayling
RMT research on rail fares
As passengers return to work with news of yet another fare hike new RMT research has found that rail fares have risen almost 50% faster than inflation since privatisation. The report also showed that of open access operators and franchises total...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fares, chris grayling, privatisation, tory government
Government’s multi-million taxpayer bailout of South Western
As South Western Railway Guards again take strike action, in defence of safety and accessibility, the cost to the taxpayer to date of bailing out South Western on strike days has been revealed to be over £26 million by New...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: south western railway, swr, guards, conductors, doo, dco, tory government,
RMT warns of more fragmentation and profiteering
Rail union RMT warned today of even more fragmentation and profiteering on Britain's broken rail system as the Office of Road and Rail unveils plans to open the door to more "open-access" cherry-picking on lucrative routes by private companies looking...
Region: National
Tagged with: office of rail and road, orr, chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation, timetables, arriva, arriva rail north, gtr
RMT on Grayling "punishment" of Govia Thameslink
Grayling has also ruled out stripping GTR of the franchise and bringing it into public ownership despite a history of total and utter failure.  RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Chris Grayling's half-hearted slap on the wrists for GTR is...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: gtr, govia thameslink, chris grayling, failing grayling, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT calls for Chris Grayling to resign
Rail union RMT today called for the resignation of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling and for swift action to begin bringing the railways back into public ownership as MP’s on the Transport Select Committee laid into the timetable chaos across the...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, failinggrayling, tory government, rail privatisation, transport select committee,
RMT on new research today from the TUC
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Britain's commuters, robbed blind by greedy private train companies, are being forced to travel greater distances as they are priced out of our towns and cities. They are a captive market being exploited for...
Region: National
Tagged with: privatised railway, tory government, tuc, commute times
RMT protest at Parliament today
Rail union RMT will be holding a protest at Parliament today (Monday 5th November) demanding the repeal of the Act ushering in the privatisation of Britain’s railways exactly 25 years after it passed through the Commons. With November 5th marking the...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail privatisation, rmt, tory government, railways act
RMT protest at Parliament today
Rail union RMT is holding a protest at Parliament today (Monday 5th November) demanding the repeal of the Act ushering in the privatisation of Britain’s railways exactly 25 years after it passed through the Commons. With November 5th marking the twenty...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail privatisation, tory government, 25 years, great rail rip off
RMT on Grayling's Tory Conference speech
RAIL UNION RMT said today that the speech from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to the Tory Party Conference today was “just another stream for verbal garbage from a politician who has made a speciality out of failure on an industrial...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, failinggrayling, tory government, rail privatisation, conservative conference
RMT on Government's "independent" rail review
In the wake of the much heralded Government rail "review" announcement today RMT is calling for an end to the £50 billion privatised rail rip off and says that twenty five years of privatisation doesn’t need another so-called ‘independent’ review,...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT slams ORR for whitewash rail report
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The ORR is funded by the private train companies and is politically controlled by the Government. He who pays the piper calls the tune and this report is just a whitewash that ignores the dire...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, rail privatisation, tory government, orr, office of rail and road
RMT calls for end to £50 billion privatised rail rip off
Ahead of tomorrow’s much heralded Government railway announcement RMT is calling for an end to the £50 billion privatised rail rip off and says that twenty five years of privatisation doesn’t need another so-called ‘independent’ review, it needs abolishing. University...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT warnings over planned Government rail review
Rail union RMT has warned that reports this morning that the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary‎ are to commission an "independent" review into rail franchising is just a blatant and desperate effort to kick the continuing chaos on Britain's...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail review, chris grayling, tory government, privatisation, franchise,
RMT statement on the Government's ‘technical notes’
RMT General Secretary, Mick Cash said: “Our members on cross channel and Irish Sea routes should not be affected by internal Tory conflicts which prevent seafarers’ interests being fully protected after 29 March next year. “We will seek our own guarantees...
Region: National
Tagged with: shipping, maritime, seafarer certification, brexit, tory government
TUC backs RMT national fight over Grayling's rail pay cap
An emergency motion lining the TUC up behind the pay battle was passed at the Congress in Manchester today. General Secretary Mick Cash said; "We warmly welcome the show of support and solidarity from across the trade union movement in...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, failinggrayling, tory government, rail privatisation, tuc, pay cap
RMT on Virgin East Coast collapse
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "This Transport Select Committee report is yet another damming indictment of both the failure of rail privatisation and the serial incompetence of the Secretary of State Chris Grayling. The collapse of the Virgin/Stagecoach operation...
Region: National
Tagged with: vtec, virgin, east coast main line, chris grayling, failing grayling, dft, department for transport, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT welcomes TUC support
In a debate on transport policy in Manchester today the TUC has voted to throw it's weight behind rail union RMT's campaign to force the resignation Transport Secretary Chr‎is Grayling as he presides over a Department in a permanent state...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, failinggrayling, tory government, rail privatisation, tuc
RMT to warn TUC over second Brexit vote
In a debate on Brexit this afternoon at the TUC in Manchester RMT General Secretary Mick Cash will warn that a second vote on Brexit will let the Tories off the hook and ease the pressure on them for the...
Region: National
Tagged with: mick cash, rmt, tuc, chris grayling, pay cap, tory government
RMT's Mick Cash pledges national rail fight over pay cap
Speaking at a fringe meeting at the TUC in Manchester this lunchtime RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:  "Chris Grayling has made it crystal clear that he intends to try and impose a nationwide pay cap on RMT members linked...
Region: National
Tagged with: mick cash, rmt, tuc, chris grayling, pay cap, tory government
RMT warning over May/Grayling rail review
Rail union RMT has warned that reports this afternoon  that the Prime Minister and the Transport Secretary‎ are to commission an "independent" review into rail franchising - while ruling out public ownership - is just a blatant and desperate effort to kick...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation,
RMT slams Grayling pay hypocrisy
RAIL UNION RMT today slammed the rank hypocrisy of Transport Secretary Chris Grayling on rail workers pay – shining a spotlight on the fact that the former boss of collapsed outsourcing company Carillion has landed a plum job on a...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, hs2, carillion, balfour beatty, vinci, tory government
RMT on today's Government rail fare hike
Responding to the confirmation of the rail fare increases this morning, RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “With passengers already furious at the shocking level of service on Britain’s rip-off privatised railways today’s news is just another kick in the...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fares, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT responds to Chris Grayling attack on rail workers pay
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "If Chris Grayling seriously thinks that front line rail workers are going to pay the price for his gross incompetence and the greed of the private train companies he's got another thing coming. "This...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation, train operating companies
Fare increase announcement
On the eve of the rail fare rise announcement rail union RMT has revealed that despite timetable chaos and service and staff cuts rail fares are massively more as expensive compared to Europe and rising twice as fast as UK...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fares, rail privatisation, tory government
RMT slams Government for withholding key franchise data
RAIL UNION RMT today accused the Government of operating a great rail cover up as it emerged that key financial data on Britain’s rail franchises, data that was available in the past, is now being deliberately withheld by the DFT....
Region: National
Tagged with: rail franchise, rail franchising, privatisation, dft, department for transport, tory government
RMT again calls for resignation of Transport Secretary
‎RAIL UNION RMT is once again calling for Transport  Secretary Chris Grayling to step down as a new leaked Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) briefing on crime and security reveals the dangers to staff from rail chaos. The document warns that...
Region: National
Tagged with: gtr, govia thameslink railway, chris grayling, tory government, btp, british transport police
RMT demands a permanent end to privatisation
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The protest in Edinburgh this morning, coinciding with our AGM in the City, is sending out the clearest possible message to Chris Grayling that the fight for public ownership of our railways is stepping up...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail privatisation, ecml, east coast main line, cgris grayling, tory government
RMT demands a permanent end to privatisation
‎RMT demands a permanent end to privatisation as public sector takes over East Coast again today General Secretary Mick Cash said; "If you want to see the failures of Britain's privatised railway system writ large look no further than the...
Region: National
Tagged with: east coast main line, ecml, virgin, stagecoach, dor, directly operated railways, chris grayling, tory government, privatisation
RMT rail demonstrations in Manchester and Edinburgh tomorrow
RAIL UNION RMT will be holding protests on Monday 25th June in Manchester and Edinburgh. In Manchester RMT will be demonstrating outside a Northern transport summit where Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was due to speak until he cancelled on Friday,...
Region: National
Tagged with: ecml, east coast mainline, northern rail, chris grayling, tory government
Northern taxpayers will be footing bill for strike action
‎RAIL UNION RMT has called for last ditch talks to resolve this week's strike action as it is revealed northern taxpayers and passengers, and not Northern Rail, are footing the bill for the cost of strike action. A clause in...
Region: National
Tagged with: arriva rail north, northern, northern rail, chris grayling, dft, tory government, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation, dco
RMT challenges Grayling to meet staff
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The total chaos unleashed by Chris Grayling on our railways has left staff at the sharp end abandoned to their fate by his private train operators. I am ‎challenging the transport secretary to come...
Region: National
Tagged with: office of rail and road, orr, chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation, timetables, arriva, arriva rail north, gtr
RMT response to announcement on Welsh rail franchise
“RMT policy is for a national integrated railway under public ownership and the Welsh government has made it clear that this is their aspiration as well if they did not have to work under the pro privatisation legislative straight jacket...
Region: South Wales and West; South West
Tagged with: rail privatisation, wales, guards, tory government
RMT responds to Grayling's "digital railway" stunt
"It's nothing but a smokescreen for Chris Grayling to suddenly start parading around as a great rail moderniser when he's the man who deliberately pulled the plug on a raft of key electrification and upgrade plans. No one is going...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, tory government, digital railway, rail privatisation
Internal review won't end Britain's great rail fare rip-off
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "No one trusts Britain's rip-off private rail companies to do the right thing by passengers when it come to fares and ticketing. "These are the same bunch of spivs who have hacked back on...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail fare, rail delivery group, rdg, ticketing, fares, privatised railway, tory government
RMT's Mick Cash to speak at May Day Rally
In a May Day message today RMT General Secretary Mick Cash says that the tide in favour of public ownership of our railways and our public services has now shifted irreversibly and that it is only a matter of time...
Region: National
Tagged with: may day, rail privatisation, renationalisation, tory government, mick casg, general secretary,
Mick Cash addresses May Day rally in Trafalgar Square
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash addresses the TUC May Day rally in Trafalgar Square demanding public ownership of Britain's railways and support for guards fighting for rail safety. "Comrades, we are on the march today to put public safety before...
Region: National
Tagged with: may day, rail privatisation, renationalisation, tory government, mick cash, general secretary,
RMT calls for halt to axing of guards
Rail union RMT today issued a fresh call for a halt to the axing of guards on Britain’s trains as the  Office of Rail and Road (ORR) announced that  it will create an advisory group to support work on potential...
Region: National
Tagged with: orr, office of rail and road, tory government, chris grayling, disabled accessibility, guards, conductors, doo, driver only operation
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 ISSUES FRESH CALL FOR PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
Rail union RMT today renewed calls for public ownership of Britain's railways as the Sunday Times reports that five private operators are now teetering on the brink of collapse. The Sunday Times reports that four companies, in addition to Virgin...
Region: National
Tagged with: public ownership, railway, privatisation, chris grayling, tory government
RMT demands Government respect for transport staff
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "RMT members have been working round the clock across the weekend and this morning in every facet of the transport sector, from trains to tube to ferries‎ to buses, to keep the country moving. It's...
Region: National
Tagged with: adverse weather, chris grayling, rail privatisation, rail delivery group, rdg, tory government
RMT slams Grayling "rank hypocrisy"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “It stinks of rank hypocrisy for Chris Grayling to be thanking the private train companies for their actions during the adverse weather on our railways over the past week, the same companies who are...
Region: National
Tagged with: adverse weather, chris grayling, rail privatisation, rail delivery group, rdg, tory government
RMT on rail company profiteering during cold weather
Rail union RMT today demanded to know how much Britain's private rail operators have extracted from the taxpayer during the adverse weather over the past week as they continue to milk Britain's rigged rail franchising system at public expense. Under...
Region: National
Tagged with: privatisation, private rail operators, network rail, adverse weather, tory government
RMT on tonight's conditions
"RMT members are out there working in appalling conditions on our railways tonight and they deserve nothing but total respect and support. Tonight's incidents have once again raised some serious issues about the capacity of Britain's railways to cope with...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation, weather
RMT on Government diesel train announcement
"RMT awaits the details of the Jo Johnson speech that's being widely spun up and trailed today ‎but it is clear from what is being reported that this announcement is riddled with the most glaring contradictions.   "If you were...
Region: National
Tagged with: tory government, dft, rail privatisation, diesel trains
Rail union RMT responds to Jo Johnson speech
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "If you were serious about cracking on with the phasing out of diesel trains you wouldn't be scrapping key ele‎ctrification projects which will mean the commissioning of more diesel operated fleet. That scrapping of...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, jo johnson, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT on Virgin franchise speculation
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   “Rumours are rife this afternoon that Chris Grayling is setting up a major “market sensitive” announcement on the West Coast Mainline for six pm and that that announcement may mean a further cash-laden extension...
Region: National
Tagged with: virgin west coast, chris grayling, rail franchise, tory government, rail privatisation
RMT on today's Transport Focus survey
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary said: “Today’s Transport Focus survey shows that passengers are continuing to get a raw deal on Britain’s rip-off, privatised railways and once again the case for an end to profiteering, and a return to public...
Region: National
Tagged with: privatised railways, swr, south western railway, tory government, transport focus
RMT on House of Commons Transport Committee
‎Rail union RMT says that the House of Commons Transport Committee evidence session later today on rail infrastructure must tackle underfunding of maintenance, renewals and upgrades as well as addressing the issue of outsourcing and casualisation in the wake of...
Region: National
Tagged with: transport committee, carillion, chris grayling, tory government, rail privatisation, rail infrastructure
Government caves in to ship-owners
SEAFARER RATINGS union RMT today responded with outrage to confirmation from UK ship owners that new Government guidance on seafarers and the National Minimum Wage will do nothing to tackle the sub-NMW pay rates which are rife in the UK...
Region: National
Tagged with: seafarer ratings, uk chamber of shipping, tory government, maritime, minimum wage
RMT on PWC announcement on Network Rail Carillion employees
“This is at least some respite for our members at the end of a traumatic week.  However, there is‎ no commitment on sub-contractors wages and no commitment as to whether directly employed staff or sub-contractors who worked throughout Christmas and...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, carillion, rmt, pwc, tory government
Spotlight shifts to Interserve
General Secretary Mick Cash said:   "Reports this morning that Interserve, another massive outsourcing outfit where RMT has members, are now coming under scrutiny is no surprise.   "We warned that the chaotic collapse of Carillion could spark off a...
Region: National
Tagged with: interserve, carillion, tory government
RMT makes Government demands over Carillion
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "We have been told this morning that only Carillion workers on what the Government defines as "public sector" contracts will be guaranteed their wages.   "Clearly, anyone working in the rail sector is providing...
Region: National
Tagged with: carillion, network rail, tory government
RMT on Network Rail Carillion attack
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "It is simply outrageous for Network Rail to claim in a press statement this morning that the Carillion workforce are not important when it comes to the day to day running of the...
Region: National
Tagged with: carillion, network rail, tory governmrnt
RMT on Carillion collapse
‎RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "This is disastrous news for the workforce and disastrous news for transport and public services in Britain and RMT has been warning since Thursday night that we thought the collapse of the company...
Region: National
Tagged with: carillion, network rail, tory government
RMT calls for urgent meeting with new transport secretary
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said: “The change of Transport Secretary opens up an opportunity for a new approach to the disputes that RMT members are engaged in across the country today over rail safety and the guarantee of a...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, secretary of state for transport, tory, dft, department for transport
RMT calls for forensic inquiry into rail franchising
RAIL UNION RMT today called for an immediate forensic inquiry into the sustainability of the government’s rail franchising programme as the former Transport Minister, Lord Adonis, warned that First group was losing “big money” on the Transpennine Express franchise and...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail franchising, privatisation, tory government, lord adonis
RMT challenges Government over "cuts today and jam tomorrow"
General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "Rather than Chris Grayling's bogus promises of jam tomorrow serious questions now need to be asked about the state of rail infrastructure in Britain in the here and now on his Governments watch. The...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, privatisation, railway, tory governmrent
RMT pledges to fight break up of Network Rail
General Secretary Mick Cash said "The government's answer to the fragmented, privatised chaos on rail services is another dose of fragmentation and privatisation, this time targeting Network Rail and the tracks and infra structure the trains run on. "Once the...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, privatisation, chris grayling, tory government,
RMT responds to latest government rail plans
“It’s more than a bit rich for Chris Grayling to talk about expanding rail capacity in the distant future when the reality is that today he is cutting back on rail electrification and staffing.   This is jam tomorrow and cuts...
Region: National
Tagged with: chris grayling, dft, department of transport, network rail, privatisation, tory government
RMT condemns Government driverless vehicle plans
TRANSPORT UNION RMT today condemned the Government’s widely-trailed plans to step up the testing of driverless vehicles on Britain’s roads as a “lethal gimmick that puts safety, jobs and the economy at risk.”   RMT, which represents bus, haulage and...
Region: National
Tagged with: driverless vehicles, tory government, budget 2017, bus, taxi, road haulage
RMT on Government spin operation today on local transport
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "As usual with these pre-budget spin operations detail is thin on the ground over exactly what the Government are planning in these hyped up proposals for city transport links. "However, what we do know is...
Region: National
Tagged with: budget 2017, local transport, bus, rail, tory government
RMT responds to Government's Network Rail asset stripping
RAIL UNION RMT responds to a major asset sell-off plan announced by Network Rail today General Secretary Mick Cash said;   "This is the first step in a major asset stripping programme at the ‎publicly owned Network Rail by a...
Region: National
Tagged with: network rail, tory government, conservative, asset stripping, rail infrastructure
‎RMT hits back at RDG "fantasy rail plans"
RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said.   "This is just the same old fantasy railway plans and promises of jam tomorrow that the public are sick and tired of. The whole package has been cobbled together to try and divert...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail delivery group, rdg, tory government,
RMT on the march against the Tories
Press picture handout.    Credit: RMT  
Region: National
Tagged with: rmt, tory party conference, guards, conductors
RMT hits back at London City Hall Tories
Tube union RMT responds to attacks on transport workers pay and conditions by London City Hall Tories this morning. RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said; "Unlike the London City Hall Tories, London's transport workers are in the front line ‎when...
Region: South East and Anglia
Tagged with: city hall, tories, tory party, pay and conditions, lul, london underground, tube, tfl, dlr
RMT slams Grayling over Northern transport shambles
‎General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The Tory Northern transport shambles continues today with Chris Grayling now wading in to local civic leaders just 24 hours after his former colleague George Osborne targeted his fire on his own side. This is a...
Region: North West
Tagged with: northern powerhouse, northern rail, merseyrail, george osborne, chris grayling, conservative, tories, tory party
RMT slams Osborne hypocrisy over rail "Northern Powerhouse"
General Secretary Mick Cash said; "The hypocrisy of former Tory Chancellor George Osborne as he tours the newsrooms fuelling the civil war inside the Tory Party is extraordinary. "This is a man who was the key player in Government's which...
Region: North East
Tagged with: northern powerhouse, george osborne, conservatives, tories, tory party
RMT responds to Queen’s Speech
“This is a flimsy piece of work from a minority Government with no mandate and no ideas. “The Government have nothing to say about the crisis blighting our privatised and fragmented railways which is there for all to see in...
Region: National
Tagged with: queen's speech, tory party, conservative
RMT response to latest Tory attempt to ban strikes
Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “These Tories would ban trade unions full stop if they could get away with it. Their objective is to turn the railways into a money-raking racket for their mates in the private train companies...
Region: National
Tagged with: transport strikes, conservatives, tory, rail union, rmt
Victory for cleaners on Virgin West Coast
In the complex world of contractors and sub-contractors on Britain’s privatised railways the cleaning services are contracted out by Virgin to Alstom as part of a facilities contract and Alstom have then, in turn, subbed out the cleaning to Voith...
Region: National
Tagged with: virgin west coast, virgin, alstom, voith, cleaners, victory
"Rail North" cuts protestors to join demo at Tory Conference
The union fight will be building support for the campaign to shine a light on the shadowy “Rail North” and will be exposing the lies and hype around George Osbornes “Northern Powerhouse” claims.   Britain’s largest rail union has said...
Region: National
Tagged with: rail north, tory conference
"Rail North" cuts protestors to join demo at Tory Conference
The union fight will be building support for the campaign to shine a light on the shadowy “Rail North” and will be exposing the lies and hype around George Osbornes “Northern Powerhouse” claims.   Britain’s largest rail union has said...
Region: North West
Tagged with: rail north, tory conference, northern rail, transpennine express
RMT on Tory manifesto attack on unions
"The manifesto launched this morning shows that the Tories are hell-bent on ratcheting up their anti-union laws. That is nothing new and any such plans would meet the fiercest possible resistance. This is the clearest possible case of one law...
Region: National
Tagged with: RMT on Tory manifesto attack on unions