Fed up with rubbish train service? Support the RMT & tell Northern trains via Northern Resist

Upper Calder Valley passengers are increasingly fed up with the rubbish train service on the Transpennine route run by Arriva Rail North – a private, profiteering company owned by Deutsche Bahn, which is turn is owned by the Federal Republic of Germany. To add to the confusion, Arriva Rail North announces itself publicly as Northern trains.

On 20th September Calderdale Trades Council held a meeting in Halifax Town Hall where Craig Johnston,  National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) Relief Regional Organiser North, spoke about the dispute with Northern over driver-only operated trains.

Craig Johnston outlined crucial safety reasons for resisting driver-only operated trains and said  RMT encourages passengers to confront Northern eg through the Facebook group, Northern Resist, about fare rises, poor rail links, poor services, penalty fares policy, closure of ticket offices and the policy of only selling the most expensive tickets on trains. Continue reading

National Trades Councils Conference’s unanimous opposition to Accountable Care Systems

The 150th Annual Trades Council Conference has unanimously passed a composite NHS motion from Cheshire, Calderdale and Derby Trades Councils, that calls on the TUC to take action to oppose Accountable Care Systems (rebranded by NHS England as “Integrated Care Systems”) and Sustainability and Transformation Plans/Partnerships; and to support the campaigning activity of Keep Our NHS Public, Defend our NHS, 999 Call for the NHS and Health Campaigns Together.

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Demo against Calderdale ConDem Councillors’ budget proposals, 5.15pm Monday 24th Feb

There will be a demonstration outside HalifaxTown Hall at 5.15pm, before the Budget Council Meeting at 6.00pm on Monday 24th February.

Calderdale Unison is asking all Unions that are members of Calderdale Trades Council to encourage their members to attend the demonstration. Non-union members are also welcome.
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Save Our NHS, Jobs, Services and Decent Welfare State – Demo 29th September

Calderdale Trades Council Will March to SAVE OUR NHS, Defend Jobs and Services, and Refuse Austerity in Manchester on Sunday 29 September
Supporters of the National Health Service and all those who want to defend jobs, services and a decent welfare state will be marching in Manchester to tell the Conservative Party Conference that we mean to Save Our NHS from cuts and stealth privatisation.

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