This morning we launched the Action for Rail campaign at Euston Station in central London. While activists handed out postcards about the campaign to Monday morning commuters, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber, ASLEF Vice President Tosh McDonald, RMT General Secretary Bob Crow and TSSA National Officer John Page posed for photographs with a giant rail ticket highlighting some of the ways in which the UK railways are facing attacks.
We’re concerned about increased fares, higher profits for train operating companies, cuts in services and huge reductions in staff. More than 20,800 jobs – one in five of the jobs on the railways – are at risk of being lost as recommendations from the McNulty Review are implemented. Those at risk include rail guards, staff in ticket offices and on station platforms, catering staff and workers in maintenance and signalling.
Regional radio stations and journalists from the trade press were also on hand to find out more about the campaign and talk to the key players.
This morning marks the beginning of a week of action (Monday 28 May to Friday 1 June) organised by the TUC, ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite which will bring passengers, campaigners and unions together to register their opposition to the government’s proposals for the UK rail industry.
Postcards will be given out during rush hour today at stations all around England, Wales and Scotland, and many trade councils will meet with regional union representatives to share their concerns.
And the week of action is just the first step in the fight back against government cuts to the rail industry. Unions will keep working with passengers and rail groups to protect the future of a safe and affordable rail network in Britain.