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« on: July 26, 2021, 05:28:20 pm »

Consultation amongst "a defined set of organisations, which have a strategic or representative role rather than the wider community"    SWR» (South Western Railway - about) say "You may wish, of course, to canvass opinion before responding to this consultation"; details for logged in members at .   I have asked for Coffee Shop inputs by 12th August; we are not one of the defined organisations, but your inputs will help me inform organisations which are.   Follow ups, please, on that other thread.

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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2021, 02:00:08 pm »

Press release from the RMT (National Union of Rail, Maritime & Transport Workers)

‎RMT launches campaign against cuts on South Western Railway

RAIL Union RMT will launch a campaign on Monday against “swingeing cuts” on South Western Railway which will unleash an attack on rail services, jobs and pay unseen since the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. South Western Railway and Network Rail have launched a stakeholder consultation that proposes to cut 15 per cent of peak and off-peak services across the SWR» (South Western Railway - about) Network from December 2022.
Other train operators including ScotRail and LNER» (London North Eastern Railway - about) are also in process of consulting to make similar service cuts which is embarrassing for the UK (United Kingdom) and Scottish Governments as they come just weeks before critical International climate talks where the importance of slashing global transport emissions, one of the largest sources of global emissions, will be at the top of the agenda.
RMT General Secretary Mick Lynch said:
“We’re launching this campaign to send a clear message to private train operators and the Government that RMT will simply not accept any cuts to services and attacks on jobs and pay on the railway.
"It wasn’t long ago that the Government promised they were going to “reverse the Beeching cuts” but with these proposals they are trashing that promise and instead preparing to unleash Beeching two on our railways.
"These cuts to services are regressive, short-sighted and embarrassing for the Government. In the year that the UK hosts vital climate talks at COP26 cutting rail services is sending a terrible message that public transport is expendable and not an essential part of the solution to the climate crisis.”

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