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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. www.actionforrail.org


Following two weeks of intensive talks, the parties have now reached an agreement about the long-running dispute between ASLEF and GTR Southern. This resolves the current dispute, subject to securing the support of ASLEF members, and no further industrial action is planned.
02 February 2017
Talks aimed at ending the dispute between train drivers’ union ASLEF and Southern Rail are to be held at TUC Congress House from tomorrow (Wednesday).
17 January 2017
Rail commuters returning to work today (Tuesday) will face fresh fare increases, while spending up to six times as much of their salaries on rail fares as European passengers on publicly owned railways, new research by the Action for Rail campaign has revealed.
03 January 2017
The number of employees with daily commutes of two hours or more has shot up by nearly a third (31%) over the past five years, according to new analysis published today (Friday) by the TUC to mark Work Wise UK’s Commute Smart Week.
18 November 2016
Commenting on the announcement today (Monday) that the government has given the go-ahead to the expansion of Heathrow airport with the building of a third runway, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said:
25 October 2016
The TUC has today (Wednesday) accused Southern Rail of “gambling” with passenger safety.
19 October 2016
Commenting on today’s (Friday) Transport Select Committee report ‘The Future of Rail: Improving the rail passenger experience’, which concludes that Southern rail is in breach of contractual obligations and there may be grounds for termination of contract, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “MPs are confirming what passengers have known...
14 October 2016
Members of the RMT trade union are on strike today (Tuesday) in opposition to Southern Rail’s plan to increase the number of trains without a safety trained guard on board.
21 June 2016
The government’s Shaw Report into the future shape and financing of Network Rail was published today (Wednesday), which ‘dismissed’ the possibility of privatising Network Rail.
16 March 2016
Commuters on the UK’s privatised railways returning to work today (Monday) will face new fare increases, while spending up to six times as much of their salaries on rail fares as European passengers on publicly-owned railways, new analysis has revealed.
04 January 2016

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