Public services not private profit

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

RMT Defends NHS

RMT Council of Executives decision: We note the resolution [from London Transport Regional Council] and tthat we are already affiliated to the Health Emergency campaign and that our policies are clearly in support of defending the NHS. We continue to work with broad based movements to defend the NHS and reiterate our support for the founding principles of the NHS and reiterate our policy of opposing the privatisation of the NHS. The General Secretary to obtain appropriate literature to enable Branches and Regional Councils to support campaigning to defend the NHS.

TFL Market Testing

From General Secretary Bob Crow

I write to advise branches that correspondence has been received regarding ‘Market Testing’ notices which have been issued by TfL. This matter has been now considered by the General Grades Committee which has made the following decision:

Arrangements For Saturday's TUC Demonstration In London

Preparing for the march
We recommend that you bring some food and a bottle of water although there will also be many shops and cafes open on the route. Be prepared for a long day with appropriate clothing for the changeable weather. Hyde Park tends to get very muddy with a lot of people on the site.

On your arrival
Please head to Victoria Embankment for 11am and look out for RMT stewards near Temple Tube Station.

Nearest Tube stations
Temple tube (which is likely to be closed as the area gets busy)
Embankment tube

As Tube Lines Cleaning Contract With ISS Nears End RMT Pushes For Cleaning Service To Be Brought In House

Noting that Tube Lines' cleaning contract with ISS expires on 31 March 2013, we resolve that the union will run a high-profile campaign for the contract to be brought in-house.

We therefore instruct the General Secretary to:

  • produce a leaflet for both members and the public urging support for this
  • produce a petition (both printed and online) to Tube Lines' owner, TfL
  • organise leafleting sessions and protest actions
  • arrange a meeting with supportive GLA members and TfL Board members
  • raise this issue at the next meeting of our Parliamentary group

RMT General Secretary Bob Crow Reacts To West Coast Rail Franchise Fiasco

Reacting to government abandonment of west coast tendering RMT general secretary Bob Crow said;

"The whole sorry and expensive shambles of rail privatisation has been dragged into the spotlight this morning and instead of re-running this expensive circus, the West Coast route should be renationalised on a permanent basis. Those ministers who have presided over this fiasco should also be called to account.

RMT Demands Scrapping Of Thameslink Siemens Deal Following West Coast Mainline Fiasco

RAIL UNION RMT today demanded that the Government call a halt to the 18 month long saga of the Siemens/Thameslink fleet contract after it emerged that it has been stitched together by the same group of Ministers and Government officials responsible for the collapse of the West Coast main line franchising deal.

March Against Austerity On October 20th With The RMT - Event Details

From RMT General Secretary Bob Crow

Reminder: Join the National Demonstrations against Austerity – 20th October 2012

There are just under four weeks to go before the national demonstrations against austerity on Saturday 20 October.

Join RMT colleagues in what promises to be a historic and enjoyable day of protest. Bring your family and friends and send a clear message that we are not prepared to accept the attacks on our jobs, services and communities.

A booklet explaining the reasons for the event is attached below