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To: All Train Operating Companies, Department for Transport, Transport for London

Staff Our Stations

Staff Our Stations

• Stop the cuts to station staffing across the railways and on London Underground
• Stop ticket office closures and cuts to ticket office opening hours
• Ensure all stations are fully staffed and accessible for passengers
• An end to the violence against passengers and railway workers

Why is this important?

Violent crime and assaults on rail passengers and staff continue to rise. In 2018/19 there was a 16% rise in violent crime on our railways. Despite this, train companies are increasingly attempting to close station ticket offices, cut hours and staffing at stations and increase levels of lone working.
In a recent survey, over 70% of RMT railway worker members think violence on the railways has increased in the last year. A massive 90% of RMT London Underground members say violence on the Underground has increased in the las year – and over 80% think this increase is linked to cuts to station staffing.
Station staff play a vital role in ensuring staff, secure and accessible railways. They assist with train dispatch and help passengers onto the train. Station staff help prevent suicides, make stations feel more secure, deter crime and provide additional assistance for elderly and disabled passengers.
Station staff also provide expert travel advice to passengers and assist them in navigating the complex ticketing system to ensure they get the best priced ticket for their journey.

The RMT resolutely believes these cuts are about profit, not passengers. In the last decade, over £2 billion has been paid in dividends by private train companies to their shareholders.
The RMT Staff our Stations campaign is calling for:
• Stop the cuts to station staffing across the railways and on London Underground
• Stop ticket office closures and cuts to ticket office opening hours
• Ensure all stations are fully staffed and accessible for passengers
• An end to the violence against passengers and railway workers
Please sign this petition, and call on the Government, Train Companies and Transport for London to ensure fully staffed and accessible stations across the rail network and London Underground.
An Early Day Motion has been tabled in parliament, in support of this campaign. Please consider asking your MP to sign EDM #38. A model letter for doing so is available on the RMT website - https://www.rmt.org.uk/campaigns/rail/sos-staff-our-stations/

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Reasons for signing

  • I work at a station that is hardly ever fully manned :(
  • Signed and supported
  • Station staff are important for safety on the platform and on the trains.

Updates

2020-01-18 16:04:34 +0000

500 signatures reached

2020-01-14 18:52:18 +0000

100 signatures reached

2020-01-14 15:48:10 +0000

50 signatures reached

2020-01-14 14:50:32 +0000

25 signatures reached

2020-01-14 14:25:41 +0000

10 signatures reached