Support the Network Rail strike!

Labour movement activists from a variety of unions and campaigns have launched the following statement in solidarity with the Network Rail dispute. To add your name, email

We support and pledge to build solidarity with the Network Rail workers’ national dispute over pay and conditions, and the RMT’s upcoming industrial action.

In the first large national dispute under the new government, we are committed to helping the workers to win. It is unjust and unacceptable for bosses on huge salaries and bonuses to hold down the pay and conditions of the people who maintain and operate our national railway system. As the economy grows, effective labour movement action can drive up the share that goes to the working class. Moreover, we believe that a secure workforce with decent pay and working conditions is essential to a safe and reliable railway service.

We will not let the Tories target and defeat our brothers and sisters at Network Rail. We oppose Network Rail’s attempts to use the courts to undermine ballots. We oppose the threat of new anti-union laws, and will campaign against them, including by calling for a trade-union-led national demonstration.

Signatories (all in a personal capacity, positions/organisations given for information only):

John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes & Harlington and convenor of RMT Parliamentary Group
Daniel Randall
, RMT London Transport Region Young Members’ Officer
Sean McGowan, RMT Relief Regional Organiser North
John Stewart, Branch Secretary, Leeds City RMT
George Waterhouse, President, RMT Young Members, and RMT Manchester South branch
Neil Sharples, RMT Wigan branch
Mandie Walton, RMT North Clyde branch
Natalie Smith, RMT Bakerloo Line branch
Darren Parker, Assistant Branch Secretary, RMT King’s Cross branch
Trevor Pitchford, Local Rep, RMT March and District
Gary Lazell, RMT London Transport Region
Scott Ufton, RMT Derby Rail & Engineering branch
Mark Hall, RMT North East Safety Council rep
Tim Van Tinteren, ASLEF Sheffield Midland LLC Rep-elect
Rachael Blackman, TSSA Merseyrail rep and Deputy Chair, Liverpool Green Party
Gordon Moloney, President, National Union of Students Scotland
Rhea Wolfson, Executive Committee, London Young Labour
James McAsh, Executive Committee, London Young Labour
Kyle Williamson, Co-Chair, SERTUC Young Members’ Network
Bob Carnegie, Maritime Union of Australia
Peter Murry, Secretary, Green Party Trade Union Group
Holly Smith, ex-rep, GMB City Clean (Brighton Council)
Martin Mayer, Unite delegate, Labour Party NEC, and Secretary, Sheffield Trade Union Council
Edd Mustill, Young Members’ Officer, Unite NW/0152M
Dave Kirk, Branch Secretary, Unite NE204/4 (NPower)
Craig Gent, Committee Member, Warwick University UCU
Justin Wynne, Branch Secretary, Sussex Coast College Hastings UCU
Rida Vaquas, Under-19s Officer, Young Labour
Omar Raii, External Affairs & Campaigns Officer, University College London Union
Liam McNulty, Youth Officer, Hornsey and Wood Green Constituency Labour Party
Duncan Morrison, Joint Workplace Representative, Deptford Park Primary School, Lewisham NUT
Sally Kincaid, Divisional Secretary, Wakefield & District NUT
Ruth Sutcliffe, Focus E15 Housing Campaign
Peter Dwyer, Treasurer, Ruskin College UCU
Sue Tibbles, Secretary, Oxford & District Trades Union Council
Derek Hansford, Chair, Hastings & District Trades Union Council
Will Duckworth, Green Party Councillor, Netherton, Woodside, and St. Andrew’s Ward (Dudley)
Brian Smith, Staffordshire Moorlands Green Party
Derek Wall, Green Party International Coordinator and Morning Star contributor
Clive Walder, CWU Birmingham (Black Country & Worcester branch)
Vino Sangarapillai, Camden Unison
Ed Whitby, Convenor, Newcastle City Unison
Ella Thorp, Newcastle City Unison
Alan Wylie, Unison, Anti-Privatisation and Libraries Campaigner
Bob Cartwright, former member, Derby City Unison
Stuart Cullimore, Cornwall Anti-Cuts Alliance
James Doran, Unite
Susan Shaw, GMB Retired Members
Kate Mayer, GMB
Daniel Cooper, Executive Member, National Union of Students
Matt Wells, Vice Chair, PCS branch 001026
Josh Chown, Chair, Surrey Labour Students
Mark Bergfeld, activist-writer and PhD Researcher, Queen Mary University of London
Ing. Martin Mair, Chairman, Aktive Arbeitslose Österreich (“Active Unemployed Austria”)
Brian Russell, RMT
Charlie McDonald, PCS DWP East London
J Watts, PCS DWP East London
S Mulhall, PCS DWP East London
M Porter, PCS DWP East London
G Thompson, PCS DWP NE London
T Kiani, PCS DWP NE London
Kim La Thompson, PCS DWP NE London
I Salmon, PCS DWP Birmingham South
R Russell, PCS DWP Birmingham South
M Hepworth, PCS DWP Bolton and Bury
Ian Edmondson, PCS DWP Bolton and Bury
Peter Entwistle, PCS DWP Bolton and Bury
Ian Devey, PCS DWP Cov and Warks
John Ainslie, PCS DWP Cov and Warks
Nick Diamantis, PCS DWP South London
Jenny Richardson, PCS DWP Bucks and Oxon
John Moloney, PCS Department for Transport London
Chris Hickey, PCS Department of Communities and Local Government HQ
Dave Putson, PCS Ministry of Justice London Courts
Gilaine Young, PCS Department for Transport Yorkshire and Humberside
Tom Bishell, PCS DWP Sheffield
BC Arlsen, PCS Liverpool Health and Safety Executive
Mark Pierce, PCS OPHSO, Rochdale
Ralph Corrigan, PCS OPHSO, Manchester
Richard Birmingham, PCS HCA, Devon
Peter Royle, PCS DCLG, Newton-le-Willows
Sue Lloyd, PCS DWP, Nantwich
Chris Barnes, PCS DWP, Wigan
Tony Reay, PCS DWP, Lewisham
Delia Mattis, PCS DWP, Palmers Green
Saira Afzal, PCS DWP, Wood Green
Jason Lansbury, PCS DWP Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon
Theresa Raftery, PCS DWP West London
Karen Johnson, PCS DCLG HQ
Hannah James, Ormskirk
Chris McCabe, Cambridgeshire
Lee Berry
Nusret Sen
Vincent Thurgood
Alasdair Clark
Mike Williamson
Jack Cornforth
Clare Copeland
Tristan Grove
Ygraine Emrys
Andy Warren
Chris Hyde
Kevin Carson
Judith Gidwell
Jennifer Remnant
Greg Saxton
Teresa Donaghey
Kevin Morley
Barney Stackhouse
Ricky Oates
David Heslop
Robert Carr
Winifred Murphy
Lee Pitchford
Claire Marshall
Lee Cairns
NicolaJayne Griffiths
Stephen Milkwood
Jacqueline Reilly
Jane Gull