RMT press releases

High-speed rail is the solution to Heathrow problem, say unions

RMT press release, issued today

INVESTMENT IN a high-speed rail network with a hub serving Heathrow would make a third runway at the airport unnecessary and provide an environmentally friendlier alternative to tens of thousands of short-haul flights, a group of unions say today.

High-speed rail would create tens of thousands of jobs – including at Heathrow – and would provide a cleaner option than airport expansion, say RMT, ASLEF and PCS.

RMT to demonstrate against victimisation of ISS cleaners

RMT press release, issued today

RMT TUBE cleaners and their supporters will demonstrate tomorrow at the Greenwich offices of cleaning contractor ISS against its victimisation of union reps following last year’s successful strike for the London living wage.

One RMT rep has already been sacked and another faces disciplinary charges in vindictive attacks on the union following its historic victory against ISS and other Tube cleaning contractors.

RMT suspends DLR action as disputed roster is withdrawn

RMT press release, issued today

INDUSTRIAL ACTION by Docklands Light Railway control-room staff scheduled to begin on January 5 has been suspended by Britain’s biggest rail union after Serco-Docklands withdrew rosters it had intended to impose, pending further talks.

RMT members in the DLR control room were scheduled to begin a work-to-rule and overtime ban after voting overwhelmingly for both strike action and action short of a strike, and the union had indicated that it would ballot its entire DLR membership in the New Year.

End the slaughter in Gaza, says RMT

Below is RMT's press release, issued today. You can read more about RMT's policy and campaigning in solidarity with Israeli and Palestinian workers by clicking here.

ISRAEL MUST end the hideous slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza, transport trade union RMT said today.

Condemning Israel’s indiscriminate bombing of civilians, RMT added its voice to the growing world-wide demands for an immediate end to its illegal and inhuman military operations and urged support for emergency demonstrations.

Time to end private rail fares rip-off, says RMT

RMT press release, issued today

Ministers have never tested value of public-sector alternative, union reveals

THE TIME has come to end the ‘great rail-fares rip-off’ and sack the privateers responsible for a ‘legalised scam’ that has made private shareholders rich at the expense of passengers and rail workers’ jobs, Britain’s biggest rail union says today.

Docklands Light Railway control staff ballot over imposed rosters

RMT press release, issued today

MEMBERS OF Britain's biggest rail union working in the control room of Docklands Light Railway are being balloted for industrial action over the imposition of new rosters.

The RMT ballot, which closes on December 22, follows Serco Docklands' unilateral decision to replace 12-hour weekend shifts with eight-hour duties, which will deprive around 30 staff of 24 rest days a year.

RMT urges LUL to withdraw ‘dangerous’ doors instruction

RMT press release, issued today

LONDON UNDERGROUND’S biggest union has urged the company to withdraw an “astonishing and potentially highly dangerous” instruction which will require drivers to ask passengers to push carriage doors closed in tunnels.

RMT is seeking urgent discussions with LUL over an ‘Operation Standards Notice’ which will also require drivers to move trains through tunnels even if they are not certain that carriage doors are closed.

EDF power workers on London Tube strike again for pay parity

RMT press release, issued today

RMT SHIFT workers responsible for fault-finding and maintaining the electrical supply to London's Tube will begin their second 36-hour strike tonight after employer EDF Energy Powerlink failed to budge on their claim for pay-parity with day workers.

Some 25 RMT 'shift testers', who work both night and day shifts, will not book on for turns that commence between 19:59 tonight, December 7, and 07:59 on Tuesday (December 9).

RMT condemns huge rail fare hikes

RMT press release, issued today

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST rail union RMT called on the government today to intervene to prevent private rail operators hitting passengers with huge fare rises in the new year with some tickets going up by more than double the rate of inflation.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said that the privateers and their shareholders were forcing commuters to pay the price of the recession.

Power workers’ strike on London Tube 100% solid, says RMT

RMT press release, issued today

THE FIRST of two 36-hour strikes by RMT shift ‘tester’ technicians responsible for finding and fixing faults on the London Tube’s power supply is 100 per cent solid, the network’s biggest union said today.

And it warned that if employer EDF Energy Powerlink is to avoid a second strike in two weeks’ time the company should negotiate seriously over their claim for pay parity with non-shift colleagues.