RMT press releases

RMT warns of £6 billion funding gap for transport in London as new report points to £1.7 billion shortfall from recession

TRANSPORT UNION RMT warned today that services in London are staring down the barrel of a £6 billion funding gap which threatens to wreck modernisation schedules and plans for the 2012 Olympics while leaving thousands of jobs under threat.

The warning comes on the day that a new London Assembly report points to a £1.7 billion transport income gap as a result of the recession which it predicts will open up between now and 2018.

RMT black cab drivers to fight Heathrow minicab plans

Black cab driver members of specialist transport union RMT confirmed today that they will be fighting plans by BAA which would open the door to direct booking of minicabs at Heathrow in a move that has been described as “disastrous” for the licensed taxi trade.

BAA is looking at trialing a deal with Addison Lee and One Transport at terminals 3 and 5 this year which would allow them to operate from reserved bays and from a central booking booth in the car park in direct challenge to the traditional black cab rank.

RMT warns of new PPP collapse on Tube as £2 billion funding row erupts between TfL and Tube Lines

Tube union RMT warned today of another potential privatisation collapse on the Tube as a £2 billion funding row broke out between Tube Lines and Transport for London which could put essential works and thousands of jobs at risk in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

Tube Lines, which holds the contract for the repairs and refurbishment of the Piccadilly, Northern and Jubilee Lines, has attempted to hack £2 billion from it's estimated costs of £ 7.2 billion on the work programme for the next seven and half years with a significant scaling back of the scope of the planned works.

RMT Calls For Investigation Into Use Of Management Consultants By Transport for London

pile of cash Transport union RMT today called for a full National Audit Office investigation into the use of management consultants by Transport for London after new figures showed that over £15 million has been spent in one section alone, congestion charging and traffic enforcement, in the past two years. The union are also referring the matter to the Transport Committee of the GLA.

RMT calls for urgent summit talks on 2012 Olympics

SPECIALIST TRANSPORT union RMT is urging London Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport Secretary Lord Adonis to facilitate an urgent industry wide Olympics Summit between the unions, train operating companies, London Underground and Network Rail to set out a clear transport framework for the 2012 games.

The call comes on the first full day of RMT’s Annual General Meeting on the Isle of Man.

Tube workers take protests to Boris Johnson at City Hall over broken promises on cleaners' living wage and snow day pay

RMT tube workers will be taking a protest to Mayor Boris Johnson’s question time this Wednesday – 17th June – over his broken promises on the London Living Wage for some tube cleaners and over the docking of pay for staff who could not get into work on the snow day in February.

Britain's Biggest Union Pledges Full Support for RMT Tube Dispute

BRITAIN’S BIGGEST trade union, Unite, which is also one of the four unions on London Underground, has pledged its full support and solidarity with the RMT in its current dispute over jobs, pay and bullying on the Tube.

Unite have also joined a growing call for Mayor Boris Johnson to enter into direct talks with RMT which has been supported today by London Labour MPs, GLA members and former London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

Peter Kavanagh, Unite regional industrial organiser, said:

RMT smokes out tube chiefs – talks on dispute set for noon tomorrow

TUBE UNION RMT have confirmed that talks on the issues at the heart of the dispute on the tube will take place tomorrow – Friday 5th June – at 12 noon

RMT members at both London Undergound and TfL have voted to strike from 18.59 hrs next Tuesday – 9th June – in separate disputes on pay, job cuts and bullying.

This morning RMT issued a call for talks. The union has been contacted by the management side and the talks are scheduled for tomorrow at noon.

Bob Crow, RMT General Secretary, said:

RMT tells Mayor and TfL to “get out of the bunker” and open talks on tube dispute

TUBE UNION RMT today called on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, and his senior tube bosses, to “get out of the bunker” and open meaningful talks ahead of the 48 hour tube strikes which will start at 18.59 hours next Tuesday, 9th June.

It is now a week since RMT announced the strikes after receiving a massive mandate for action from members at London Underground and TfL. All preparations for the strikes are now in place and the support is rock solid.