Action for Rail
Action for Rail is a campaign involving the TUC, and its affiliated unions with members working on the railways – ASLEF, RMT, TSSA and Unite. Its aim is to work with passenger groups, rail campaigners and environmentalists to campaign against cuts to rail services and staffing and to promote the case for integrated, national rail under public ownership.
New Campaign Campaigns
Southern Fail: Time for action on Southern RailHad enough of paying more but getting less from Southern Rail? Southern Rail, run by Govia Thameslink Railways, is a franchising failure with trains often delayed, cancelled and overcrowded. Despite these failures, Southern still received £42m in net subsidies from the taxpayer in 2014-15 and paid out £22m in shareholder dividends. It’s a rip-off and Southern should be stripped of the franchise. While fares are going up - Southern is proposing to close more ticket offices, remove guards from trains and extend driver only operations. It will be even more difficult to get help when we need it, and this isn’t putting passengers’ safety first. Southern illustrates the failures of rail privatisation – with profits put before people. The UK government is hostile to public ownership, but Govia is part-owned by French State railways, SNCF. The Southern Rail franchise should be returned to public ownership. We know this can work. Publicly owned East Coast returned over £1bn to the Treasury, had high satisfaction ratings and won over 30 industry awards. Please take action – sign our petition to Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport calling on him to strip Govia of the Southern Rail franchise.1,094 of 2,000 SignaturesCreated by Going To Work -
Enough of paying more but getting less: End the rail rip offRail fares are rising again in January 2017, but our services are often late, overcrowded and under-staffed. We've had enough of paying more but getting less! Through our high fares and taxes, we're subsidising company profits and shareholder dividends, rather than his money being reinvested to improve our services. In 2014-15 private train companies paid out £222m in dividends, a 21% increase on the previous year. While fares are going up, there are fewer ticket offices and staff at stations to provide help, in addition there are plans to remove guards and extend driver only operated trains. We need a safe, punctual, accessible and properly staffed railway. We shouldn't have to keep paying for the failures of privatisation. The railways make a valuable contribution to communities, the economy and environment. Rail campaigners are taking action at stations across the country on 3 January 2017 in support of affordable fares and public ownership. Please take action – sign our petition to Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, calling on him to support affordable fares and a publicly owned railway that puts people before profits.1,404 of 2,000 SignaturesCreated by Action For Rail