Trade unionists and environmental campaigners are united in support of RMT rail workers on strike. There will be a demonstration to show support at Bristol Temple Meads at 12 midday on Saturday 25th June and we will be joining RMT strikers on picket lines from 6am at Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway stations on the 21st, 23rd and 25th June.
Bristol Climate Justice Coalition statement in support of RMT rail workers strike
The government’s attack on rail workers’ pay, jobs and conditions is both an attack on workers rights and an action which further damages the environment, contravening the commitments it signed at COP26.
We stand with the RMT union in defence of its members and give full support to their industrial action. We oppose any attempt to make people pay the cost of a crisis not of their making.
We believe a victory for the RMT will give confidence to many others that we can stand up and stop the relentless attacks on our living standards as well as the government’s policies regarding climate change.
We believe workers and others should not suffer reduced living standards and redundancies.
We need a massive increase in cheap preferably free efficient public transport including the railways to enable people to move away from use of cars and fossil fuels. Year on year we see climate change reeking havoc on increasing numbers of the world’s population. Climate change is a major factor in the cost of food spiralling upwards. We need growth of our railway network and more jobs in the sector not cutting staff and services.
Running the rail service by private companies for profit leads to fare rises often making the car a cheaper option for travel. We need an expansion of a rail network under public ownership, run in the interests of people and the planet and not for the profit of the few. A victory for the rail workers will be a victory for us all.
Hannah David – PCS SW Regional Secretary and chair of SW TUC
Jon Reddiford – North Somerset NEU and National Executive member
Salena Williams – Bristol Climate Justice Coalition convenor
PCS Efra South West branch
Tyrone Fall – Bath & North East Somerset NEU
Ian Watkins – Bristol Unison Branch climate officer
Jenn Forbes – CWU & UCU
Tony Staunton – Chair UCU SW RM branch, Campaign Against Climate Change
Bristol Extinction Rebellion Youth
Bristol Rising Tide
Stu Melvin – Unite
Gareth Lowe, Lead Officer for Environment, Unite South West
Chrissie Wilson – Unite community branch
Jane Parsons – Unison
Huw Williams – Bristol Climate Justice Coalition and Unison
Chris Roache – Unite
Anne Lemon – NEU and Stand up to Racism convenor
Tarisha Finnegan – Clarke, Bristol Airport Action Network
Lin Clarke – PCS ARMS branch