Defend rail and tube jobs services: national rally and lobby of parliament for a publicly owned people’s railway, Tuesday May 5

From Bob Crow

Dear Colleague,

Rail bosses are using the recession as an excuse to attack jobs and conditions and cut back on services and essential rail works. Thousands of jobs are being threatened or have been lost. At the same time rail fat cats are raking in big profits and bonuses on the back of the most expensive fares in Europe. Make no mistake: as the recession worsens so will the attack on rail workers and rail services.

Join the national demonstration and lobby of parliament to demand

  • An end to cuts in rail jobs and services. A freeze in shareholder dividends with all profits instead invested to protect services and jobs.
  • An urgent industry-wide programme so our railways can provide a green stimulus to the economy to help fight the economic downturn.
  • A wholly integrated, publicly-owned and accountable People’s Railway and London Underground which put people before profit and where passengers and workers have a real voice.

Rally and Lobby Details

1.00: Assemble and demonstrate outside Houses of Parliament (nearest tube Westminster)

2.00: Rally in Committee Room 14, Houses of Parliament

3.30: Lobby Your MP

If you intend to lobby your MP write as soon as possible to make an appointment to meet them on the day. I attach a model message you can use to send to your MP. You can find out who your MP is and send an email by clicking on You can also ring your MP on the House of Commons switchboard 020 7219 3000.

Visit RMT's website to download other lobby and campaign material and click here to look at the Early Day Motion 1271 in support of the campaign tabled by the Convenor of the RMT Parliamentary Group, John McDonnell MP.

Join the rally. Defend Jobs. Defend Services. For a People’s Railway

Bob Crow RMT General Secretary