Campaign to include live-stream 5 July
The RMT rail union has asked its supporters to help ‘mobilise a massive response’ to the Tories’ plan to close all rail ticket offices. A union press release explains:
Over the last year the RMT has been campaigning against the DfT managed train companies’ plans for wholesale ticket office closures.
We need to mobilise a massive response to the public consultations to oppose the closures so that Transport Focus and London Travelwatch reject their proposals.
What you can do now:
- Email email@example.com to request campaign postcards and materials for when the consultations go live. Please advise which TOC/s you want materials for.
- Sign and share our petition and write to your MP.
- Get the word out that this is coming! Speak to colleagues, friends, family and your local community. Reach out to local disabled peoples’ organisations, rail user groups and local politicians.
- Join the livestream for members with the General Secretary Mick Lynch and Assistant General Secretary John Leach to hear about how you can take part in the campaign to oppose ticket office closures. This is taking place at 6pm on Wednesday 5th July on RMT’s Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Ticket offices and station staff are absolutely crucial to the many travellers who struggle to manage online bookings or need advice on their best travel options – and for the security of women, children, disabled people and others who need assistance during their journey. The planned closure of ticket offices – which RMT members have been fighting for a year, shamefully without the support of the Labour party regime, for the sake of passengers – will leave many smaller stations unstaffed, posing undeniable risks to those travelling at night or in other quiet periods, as well as leaving travellers potentially stranded or lost.
In June last year, Merseyside rail worker Karl told Skwawkbox what the government is really doing – and what the closure of all ticket offices would mean to passengers:
Absolute solidarity with rail workers in their fight against yet another Tory race to degrade services and cut jobs to pad corporate profits.
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