New Inflation rates for year to April 2020

May 20, 2020

New Inflation rates for year to April 2020   The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published inflation rates for the year to April 2020. The Retail Prices Index (RPI) has decreased to 1.5%, which is 1.1% down on the year to March 2020. The alternative measures of CPI and CPIH were 0.8% (down 0.7%) and 0.9% …

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 – TESTING OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS

May 18, 2020

CORONAVIRUS – COVID-19 – TESTING OF ESSENTIAL WORKERS   I have received reports that RMT members are being offered a chance to be tested for Coronavirus – Covid-19 as ‘essential workers’. These tests do not appear to be part of any employer scheme and no discussions have taken place between RMT and any official body, …

RMT warns of LUL strike action

May 18, 2020

RMT warns of strike action if necessary to fight London Transport Austerity imposed by government   Responding to the government announcement today that it is imposing austerity cuts and direct control over transport in London as part of its conditions for funding as a result of the Covid-19 crisis RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, …

Increased rail service timetable

May 18, 2020

As increased rail service timetable comes into place today RMT calls for new compulsory Covid-19 protections for passengers and rail workers     RAIL UNION RMT is calling for new compulsory protections for passengers and rail workers on trains as the increased rail service timetable comes into place today – Monday 18th May.   The …

Shut the Sites

May 1, 2020

Shut The Sites blockade the London headquarters of construction giant MACE, whose CEO – Mark Reynolds – is a spokesperson for the Construction Leadership Council. Video of the action here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTrPZG16SIY The CLC have just shockingly announced that construction needs to stay open and social distancing for coronavirus can be ignored for up to 15 minutes …

PREGNANCY AND COVID-19 – ADVICE TO MEMBERS

April 30, 2020

PREGNANCY AND COVID-19 – ADVICE TO MEMBERS   Never before have the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999 been so important to pregnant women who work in the transport industry.  Under these regulations: 1.            Employers must try to remove or prevent exposure to risks   2.            If that is not possible, working from home …

April 28, 2020

INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY: TUESDAY 28TH APRIL 2020- MINUTE’S SILENCE AT 11.00 AM TO COMMEMORATE FIGHT AGAINST COVID – 19 PANDEMIC   Every year on April 28th, all around the world the trade union movement unites to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day (IWMD).   We remember those who have lost their lives at work, or …