Public services not private profit
Action For Rail have produced this short animation to highlight the impact of rail privatisation. Profits are going straight into the pockets of shareholders whilst cuts are made to staffing, maintenance and infrastructure. Meanwhile fares are rising three times faster than wages -
See more at the Action For Rail website.
We note the correspondence from Transport for London dated 12 September 2013, and instruct the General Secretary to forward this to our TfL reps and our TfL no.1 branch and to post it on our website alongside this decision and our ‘What is Market Testing?’ briefing.
We reaffirm that RMT opposes market testing, a process which is used as a pretext either to privatise services or to make cuts to in-house services. In line with this, we note that TfL’s letter sets out that it is making plans to:
- either reorganise or outsource Recruitment
- reorganise Learning and Development
20 years on from the Act privatising Britain’s railways RMT calls for an end to the great rail rip-off
With November 5th marking the twentieth anniversary of the passing of the Railways Act, which condemned lifeline transport services in Britain to a generation of fragmentation and exploitation, rail union RMT has launched a fresh drive to end the privatised rip off which has left passengers paying the highest fares in Europe to travel on overcrowded, unreliable services.
New research from RMT shows that:
RAIL UNION RMT will be backing the European Transport Workers Federation (ETF) and Action for Rail day of action against EU rail privatisation with protests outside European Commission Offices in London, Cardiff and Edinburgh this Wednesday October 9.
The European Union’s so called “Fourth Rail Package” aims to enforce the fragmentation and privatisation of domestic rail services across the continent, including the compulsory competitive tendering of rail passenger services and separation of infrastructure and operations.
The RMT will hold a demonstration opposing the closure of Whitechapel ticket office on Saturday 19th October between 09.30am and 10.30am, outside Whitechapel station.
Everyone is welcome to attend, so please feel free to spread the word to anyone you think would be interested.
Attached is a poster, which you can display in your workplace.
See you there.
East Ham Branch, RMT
We welcome the imminent return of Power Services to London Underground following the termination of the Private Finance Initiative contract. We reaffirm our view that all contracted-out sections of London Underground should similarly be brought back in-house.
We instruct the General Secretary to obtain a report from the lead officer on the completion of this transfer, confirming that our members’ rights and conditions have been protected and itemising any outstanding issues.
RAIL UNION RMT released new research at their AGM in Brighton this morning showing that Britain's main private train operating companies are paying out twice as much in dividends than they are in tax.
Figures for the top five train operators showed that they paid just over 13% in tax on operating profits of nearly a billion pounds at a time when the basic rate of corporation tax is 23% and the standard personal tax rate is 20%.
RAIL UNION RMT revealed today that the long, drawn out stitch-up leading to the appointment of German outfit Siemens to build the new fleet of trains for the Thameslink service has cost the British taxpayer over £8 million in consultancy fees.
This report covers the period from 26 February to 31 May, including Easter and the half-term Whitsun Recess. The House sat for approximately eight weeks during this period which also saw Parliament prorogued as the 2012-2013 session was concluded, and the Queen’s Speech announcing the government’s legislative programme for the 2013-14 session of Parliament was held on 8 May.The Government’s agenda for the new Parliamentary Session was set out in the Queen’s Speech, which along with the Budget and the Comprehensive Spending Review statement at the end of June, clearly demonstrate the continuation of its programme of cuts, job losses, privatisation and attacks on pay, pensions, employment rights, and terms and conditions.
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RAIL UNION RMT revealed today that National Express, the company that threw back the keys as their contract on the East Coast Mainline collapsed into chaos four years ago, have been cleared to bid for the route again as the Government speed up plans to reprivatise the service that is currently being successfully run in the public sector.