RMT to government: reinstate TfL funding grant

RMT calls for Government to immediately reinstate Transport for London grant to protect safety and services

Amid reports that Transport for London is facing a £1 billion funding gap next year, transport union RMT is calling on the Government to immediately reinstate the full revenue grant being cut as part of its austerity measures.

The union is warning that the funding crisis could have devastating consequences for safety and services as well as impacting severely on the London and wider UK economy.

RMT confirmed today that it would be writing to the Minister for London, Jo Johnson, seeking urgent talks on the crisis.

RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:

“I am writing today seeking urgent talks with the Minister for London, Jo Jonson, over this massive financial crisis that is now looming large over transport services in London.

“Our members who operate transport in the Capital are telling us loud and clear that this funding crisis will have a severe impact on safety and services if action isn’t taken urgently. This crisis in funding will also have a major impact on jobs and the economy in London which would ripple out across the South East and the rest of the country.

“We don’t need politicians of any political colour using this issue as a political football, we need action now to reinstate London’s transport grant to at least its previous levels as an absolute minimum.

“RMT is not only campaigning for proper funding of London Transport we are also making it clear that we will be resisting any transport austerity in London, and the associated threat to jobs, services and safety, with every tool at our disposal including the use of industrial action if necessary.”

> RMT National News

Monday, 16th September
RMT confirms strike action on Scottish Sleeper services as SERCO renege on staffing promises
Friday, 13th September
Tube workers on a key section of the District Line have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in protest at the growing levels of violence and anti-social behaviour at work.
Thursday, 12th September
RAIL UNION RMT today announced further industrial action on Cross Country Trains in a long-running dispute concerning breaches to the collective bargaining agreements and the imposition of changes to company wide agreements without the involvement of this union.
Wednesday, 11th September
RMT London Overground Travel Safe Officers to take three days of strike action
Wednesday, 11th September
RMT demands urgent action on Tube track noise as drivers on four lines vote overwhelmingly for action