Hello Mick, thanks for your correspondence, I support you totally with these very important issues you raise.
Below is a NOM I submitted at Sheffield City Council two years ago, supporting your position.
Regards, Cllr John Booker.
(a) supports Mick Cash, General Secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT), in his argument that there is no basis for cost cutting on the North’s railways, and notes that, according to Rail North’s own estimates, passenger demand for the North’s railways will soar by 50% over the next fifteen years, and despite this, and the clear need for investment, the Government has stated that annual subsidy will be cut by £160m, or 53% by the final year of the franchise;
(b) believes there must be strong opposition to the cuts programme, attacks on supervisory and clerical jobs, the introduction of driver-only operation and increased casualization, arising from the re-franchising processes;
(c) further, supports a publicly owned “People’s Railway for the North”;
(d) believes that, for too long, British workers involved in the traditional industries have been ignored and not treated with the respect they deserve;
(e) further believes we must invest in more training of our youth to meet future needs, especially in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), increase places for medical training so we can be less reliant on foreign nurses and doctors, and provide more meaningful apprenticeships to support future growth; and
(f) pays tribute to the men and women that drive forward British industry and aims to protect workers’ rights from Conservative cuts [undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts]