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RMT calls on North East MPs to back motion against re-franchise of Northern and Trans-Pennine Express

Rail union campaigners opposing Government cuts to jobs and services are calling on local authorities in the region to support them.

The RMT is warning fares will rise under Government plans for the refranchising of Northern and Trans-Pennine Express trains.

Now, RMT boss Mick Cash is calling on MPs to back an Early Day Motion (EDM) in the House of Commons, put forward by Stockton North MP Alex Cunninghgam, rejecting the Government’s consultation on the plans and setting out concerns about the line’s future.

So far, North East Labour MPs Pat Glass, Stephen Hepburn, Mary Glindon and Dave Anderson have signed the motion.

Mick Cash is asking councillors and local authorities to back their campaign against rail cuts as it sends out 10,000 postcards throughout the region to raise awareness.

Liverpool City Council has officially registered its opposition to the Government’s plans and the union is hopeful others will follow suit.

It comes after Northern Rail opted to slash some of its off-peak fares in a move the union claims was motivated “purely in the name of profit”.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said demand for rail travel is growing and claimed any plan to cut jobs made no sense.

He said: “The fight to stop the outrageous carve up of jobs and services under the Northern and Trans-Pennine Express franchise plans is gathering pace by the day and is sending out the clearest possible message to the Government and Rail North that they need to scrap this attack on transport services.

“Let’s not forget that the core of the Government’s future plans for Northern and TPE is to axe jobs, restrict services, throw the guards off the trains and jack up fares while capacity to meet surging rail demand in the area is left to stagnate.

“That attack on the fare-paying public has already begun with the abolition of off-peak fares and only an all-out and coordinated fight can stop the savage assault on rail in the North.

“RMT today launches the next phase of the fight to both inform the public and fight the savage cuts being lined up for these Northern rail franchises, and to get MPs signed up to EDM 174 opposing this carve-up.

“It is absolutely essential now that we keep up the pressure.”

Source –  Newcastle Evening Chronicle,  06 Oct 2014

Campaigners gather to protest at the re-privatisation of the East Coast Main Line

Protests have been taking place across the country against the Government’s controversial plan to sell off the East Coast Main Line.

Campaigners gathered at stations up and down the line – including York, Durham and Newcastle – to greet travellers and press home their argument.

The protest by Action for Rail was deliberately timed to co-incide with the beginning of the Liberal-Democrats’ spring conference in York this weekend.

The campaign, backed by the TUC and railway unions, is fighting the Government’s proposals to re-privatise the route – the only remaining publicly-owned railway in the UK.

It has been in public ownership since 2009, after two previous private train operators were forced to bail out of the franchise for financial reasons.

But last October ministers announced plans to re-privatise the line and more than 60 MPs have since signed an early day motion calling on the government to keep the line public.

The campaigners argue that Directly Operated Railways – the public operator of the line – has achieved record levels of customer satisfaction and provided the highest returns to the taxpayer while receiving the lowest public subsidy among all the train companies.

TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Privatising the East Coast defies all logic. Since it was re-nationalised the line has gone from strength to strength.

“This decision shows the government is clinging on to its outdated faith in privatisation at all costs and is determined to remain blind to the fact that public ownership has been a success for taxpayers and passengers alike.”

Source – Northern Echo,  07 March 2014

Just 10 MPs sign parliamentary motion opposing pay rise

The total signing as of today (19 Dec 2013) has risen to 18 – but very noticeably NO North East MPs have yet signed.

The lovely wibbly wobbly old lady

No surprise really.(interesting to note that there’s not a tory amongst them) Could be worth asking your MP how they voted and why. Go to the theyworkforyou.com website to find your MP.

motion opposing pay rise

Labour MP John Mann’s motion calling for the pay increase to be limited to 1%, in line with the rest of the public sector, attracts little support.

 

While few MPs are prepared to openly support the 11% pay rise proposed by IPSA, it seems that similarly few are prepared to outright oppose it. A week after Labour MP John Mann tabled an Early Day Motion calling for the increase to be limited to 1%, in line with the rest of the public sector, just 10 MPs, and not one Conservative, have put their names to it. The motion stated:

That this House notes the decision in the Spending Review announced to Parliament on…

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