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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.

Rail fares for season tickets, and other regulated fares, have risen nearly three times faster than wages over the last five years, according to new analysis published today (Tuesday) by the TUC and the rail unions’ Action for Rail campaign.
18 August 2015
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the Airports Commission report has recommended that Heathrow Airport should be expanded, TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the publication of this report which follows a lengthy, evidence-based consideration of Britain’s needs for greater airport capacity. Like other interested parties the...
01 July 2015
Policy makers, legal experts and rail trade unions are meeting in Brussels today (Thursday) to discuss how Europe’s decision makers can learn from the experiences of Britain and Sweden on the railways. The meeting comes as the European Union prepares to debate the latest draft measures in the "Fourth Rail...
28 May 2015
TUC Summary Analysis: based on research by Transport for Quality of Life for the Action for Rail campaign
31 March 2015
On 31 March trade union activists and campaigners, coordinated by Action for Rail, will be taking action at stations across the country, calling for a publicly owned rail network that puts people before profit. We are concerned about government decisions on rail contracts for the Northern, Transpennine Express, East Anglia,...
26 March 2015
Commenting on the East Coast Main Line private contract which starts today (Sunday) TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “It is disappointing to see East Coast in private hands after five years of public sector success. The government’s decision to re-privatise the line, awarding the contract to Stagecoach and Virgin,...
01 March 2015
The taxpayer is footing the bill for private train companies who then pay out millions of pounds to shareholders, says the TUC in response to today’s (Monday) report by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). The ORR report shows that the government / taxpayer continues to be a net funder...
16 February 2015
As many people prepare for their first day back to work after the Christmas break, rail campaigners are today (Friday) warning that commuters on the UK’s privatised railways could be spending more than twice as much of their salary on rail travel than passengers on publicly-owned railways in France, Germany,...
02 January 2015
Responding to the announcement today (Thursday) that the East Coast mainline franchise has been awarded to Virgin and Stagecoach – and will now be returned to the private sector – TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “The government’s rush to sell off the East Coast mainline before the election is...
27 November 2014
On November 11th 2014, the TUC’s Assistant General Secretary, Paul Nowak and Midlands TUC Regional Secretary, Lee Barron joined UCATT Acting Regional Secretary Shaun Lee, UCATT members and Organisers along with company representatives to visit the Nottingham Tram Project.
14 November 2014