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Action for rail

The TUC is committed to the development of integrated transport, to promoting a greater role for public transport, and to ensuring that future development is sustainable.

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.

Commenting on today’s (Monday) announcement that the government is to sell off its 40 per cent stake in Eurostar, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Eurostar has thrived under public ownership, returning millions in profits each year to the Treasury. However, now it too has become a victim of the...
13 October 2014
Rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares are set to go up by 3.6 per cent on average from January 2015, the TUC and rail unions warn today (Tuesday) as the Action for Rail campaign protests against fare rises and calls for public ownership of our railways at...
19 August 2014
Commenting on the inflation figures for July, published today (Tuesday), in which RPI inflation – the measure used to set season ticket rises and most pay settlements – rose by 2.5 per cent, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
19 August 2014
Rail fares for season tickets and other regulated fares are set to go up by 3.6% on average from January 2015, the TUC and rail unions warn today (Tuesday). Analysis of season ticket prices for popular commuter routes across the Midlands show that some fares are set for eye-watering increases...
19 August 2014
Tomorrow, rails unions will be taking action across the UK to highlight the rising fares and making the case to the general public of the need for public ownership of our railways. Across the region, activity will take place at a number of stations with campaigners giving postcards to commuters...
18 August 2014
Rail fares are rising again, faster than average earnings. Taxpayer subsidies are being diverted towards company profits and shareholders. Services are overcrowded and under-staffed. We need a new route map for our railways. On 19 August campaigners will be protesting the fare rise at stations across the UK and calling...
14 August 2014
Government cuts to Network Rail’s funding are putting the lives of both rail passengers and maintenance workers at risk, according to a report published today (Friday) by the TUC’s Action for Rail campaign.
25 July 2014
Rail campaigners will today (Tuesday) hold protests against government plans to create a new giant private rail franchise whose creation could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs and a less safe rail network, according to the Action for Rail campaign.
17 June 2014
Commenting on the 48-hour strike by RMT members on the London Underground which began yesterday evening (Monday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady today (Tuesday) said: “Closing all London Underground ticket offices and cutting 1,000 tube staff will have a hugely detrimental impact on both regular passengers and tourists. “The public...
29 April 2014
Commenting on today’s (Wednesday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation, which reveals that the UK rail industry received over £4bn in government support last year, TUC General Secretary and chair of Action For Rail, Frances O’Grady said:
16 April 2014