Public services not private profit

Demanding the return of the railways and other privatised indutstries to public ownership; opposing further privatisations

RMT to take Lillie Bridge depot fight to the Mayor

The  matter of the planned closure of Lillie Bridge Depot and provision of appropriate an alternative location must be raised with the New London Mayor Sadiq Khan as and when proposed talks between the Mayor and the RMT take place
Beginning this year notice has been given to our departments Track Delivery Unit, Maintenance Infrastructure Services, Track Manufacturing Department, Material Management Department (Stores), Transplant, Fleet Maintenance, District Line Trains and Plant Services at Lillie Bridge Depot that we are required to vacate the depot by 2019.

London Overground profits to go to new firm

RMT condemns London Overground sell-off to Deutsche Bahn

RMT has condemned the decision by Transport for London to hand the busy London Overground service over to failing rail privateer Arriva, a subsidiary of the German state railway Deutsche Bahn.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said that it was ludicrous to hand LOROL services over to the German state as Arriva have just had their contract for the Tyne and Wear Metro ripped up with that service being taken into direct public control from April next year.

RMT says rail report "bears no relation to the real experience of passengers"

RMT Press Office

RMT hits back at “loaded” and “unreal” NAO report into rail franchising.

Rail union RMT has hit back at a report on rail franchising from the National Audit Office today – Tuesday 24th November – which the union describes as loaded in favour of continued private profiteering, being light-years away from the real passenger experience on the railways and sending out a message of “carry on franchising” to the private train companies.

General Secretary Mick Cash said:

RMT slam lack of investment, fragmentation and private profiteering that blights our railways

RMT blasts lack of investment and private profiteering as new figures show that average age of Britain's trains is now over 20 y

Rail union RMT today slammed the lack of investment, fragmentation and private profiteering that blights our railways as new figures were revealed this morning which show the age of trains on Britain's tracks has reached the oldest level in 14 years.

The scandal of self-employed cleaners on London Underground


AGS people and LUL are complicit in a tax evasion scam whereby they use the self-employed status of workers to avoid paying employers National Insurance liabilities to HMRC, SSP and holiday pay to the workers and destroy pretty much every right a worker in the UK enjoys.
Workers, even agency workers, have certain rights and protections. A self-employed cleaner has none. I would be interested to see the actual contract between the self-employed and LUL or its sub-contractor, if one even exists.

Rail workers to join lobby of Parliament over casualisation and pay abuses

Rail Worker's from across the country will join a lobby of Parliament on 26th November 2014 to oppose the exploitation of workers through the use of umbrella companies, and also to highlight the safety concerns of those working alongside an increasingly casualised contractor workforce.

The day will include a demonstration in Old Palace Yard opposite Parliament starting at 10.45 – 12.00 noonafter which workers will go into the Houses of Parliament for a lobby and rally at 12.45pm – 2.00pm in Committee Room 14

Speakers at the rally include:

Mick Cash - RMT General Secretary

Labour’s Refusal To Back Public Ownership Of Railways Could Cost It Election

Polling for RMT throws down challenge to Labour over public ownership of rail in key battleground seats
An independent poll of voters in key marginal commuter seats on behalf of rail union RMT has revealed that Labour’s continued refusal to back public ownership of the railways could cost it victory in next year’s General Election.

On behalf of the RMT, between 17th-19th June Survation polled 1011 constituents by telephone in 4 key marginal Conservative/Labour “battleground” seats essential for Labour to win in the pursuit of an overall 2015 majority.

Disabled Access to Public Transport: TUC Disabled Workers' Conference Speech

This is the speech I gave to TUC Disabled Workers' Conference on 28 May.

Many of you will have your own experiences of both the freedom provided by public transport and the difficulty using it – be that the railway, buses, shipping, air travel, trams, riverboats, taxis, or other modes of transport.

Let’s look at some statistics and facts – mainly about the railways.

In a 2013 survey of disabled people, nearly 80% used the railways, half of them at least monthly, often weekly or more.