Economic crisis / fighting public service cuts

Trade Unions & Disabled People Fighting Austerity

The Trade Union Congress have updated their briefing document, 'Trade unions and disabled people fighting austerity' to take into account of recent court rulings.

The document is aimed at union officials and activists, to give you the key facts and to encourage you to ensure disabled people's inclusion in the union’s work and campaigns.

Introduction: resisting a relentless attack

Report: TUC Disabled Workers' Committee meeting, 6 February

The meeting took place on the final day of our 48-hour strike on London Underground and TfL. The Committee agreed to send a message of support to RMT and TSSA, and Committee members held a brief protest (in the pouring rain!) outside Tottenham Court Road station after the meeting. Photos of the protest have been circulated widely on social media.

Bob Crow Warns Of Attack On Workers In 2014

RMT general secretary Bob Crow warns of hard year of campaigning and action ahead in New Year message.

"No one should be under any illusions. 2014 will be a tough year for Britain's workers as the Government ratchets up its attacks on workers rights and public services. Cuts are set to escalate and only militant and coordinated action across workplaces and communities can stop the bulldozer of austerity

We Must Prepare To Defend Against Cuts

RMT is committed to fight against the 12% cuts demanded by Boris and enthusiastically carried out by LU management.

The most immediate target for LU, as they seek to wield the axe, will be ticket offices and station supervisors. Most members will, by now, have seen reports in the Standard as well as in London Calling of management’s plan to close all ticket offices and slash the number of supervisors by making each one cover up to five stations.

But the cuts demanded by Boris and LU will go much further than this.

Join Us - Demonstrate Against Austerity

Demonstrate against austerity and to defend the NHS. For a one day general strike to defend our social wage, jobs and public services.

The RMT will be running coaches to :
The TUC at Bournemouth Sunday 8th September coach leaves from outside British Library, Euston Road at 0745 hours. Free for RMT members £10 others.

Lobby of Tory conference NHS march Sunday 29th September same departure details and cost as above.

Motions Passed at Regional Council Meeting July 2013

Funding Cuts
We are appalled by the Chancellor's announcement of a 9% funding cut to the Department for Transport, including a 12.5% funding cut to Transport for London. This savage cut can only lead to attacks on jobs, conditions, service standards and safety on all TfL services: London Underground, London Overground, buses, DLR and others.

We believe that the union should not wait for the detail of these cuts to be announced, but should launch a campaign now, building on our previous work and based around:

RMT Prepares To Resist Devastating ConDem Cut Of 12.5% To TfL

We note the resolution from our Bakerloo line branch and share its view that the 12.5% funding cut to Transport for London will be devastating. This union is determined to resist this cut and its negative impact on our members, the travelling public, and London's communities. We will pursue this battle with all means at our disposal, up to and including co-ordinated industrial action.

TOCS Paying Twice In Dividends What They Pay In Tax

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%.

RMT Parliamentary Party Report - Spring 2013

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.

Read on to view or download the report below

RMT Defends Housing Benefit for Under-25s

Responding to a resolution from the LGBT Advisory Committee, RMT's Council of Executives has made this decision: We note that this is already Union policy and this horrendous attack on under 25s is part of this rotten Government's attacks on working people and noting that our LGBT members feel under further attack as many of them are trapped in circumstances where they are afraid to 'come out', which causes them more problems. The General Secretary is instructed to write to the TUC explaining our position and we are already campaigning with other groups eg.