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Staffing On First Great Western Train Services

EDM number 256 in 2015-16, proposed by Jo Stevens on 07/07/2015.
Categorised under the topics of Employment and Railways.

That this House notes that the Department for Transport has agreed with numerous passenger surveys that passengers highly value a member of staff in addition to the driver on trains; welcomes that under railway regulations maintaining the operational role of a guard or conductor guarantees that a second member of staff is on board the train at all times to assist in protecting the safety of the train and passengers and provide ticket and travel advice; is concerned that despite increases in passenger numbers First Great Western (FGW) is planning to use the introduction of the new Super Express Trains to abolish the guard or conductor on these services and therefore weaken the protection for passengers; is further concerned that FGW is also proposing to worsen the service to passengers by the removal of buffet cars, and also cut safety critical station and train maintenance staff and that, as a result of these cuts, a dispute situation exists with the RMT Union; is dismayed that passengers are being treated in this way when they are paying the most expensive fares in Europe, while FGW is making huge profits and First Group's chairman has seen his pay rise by 243 per cent in four years to almost £1.6 million a year; also notes East Coast is introducing the same new feet of trains, without making such cuts; and calls on FGW to think again and reach a negotiated settlement with the unions.

This motion has been signed by a total of 20 MPs.

Jo Stevens07/07/2015Cardiff CentralLabourProposed
Ian Lavery07/07/2015WansbeckLabourSeconded
Carolyn Harris07/07/2015Swansea EastLabourSeconded
Alex Cunningham07/07/2015Stockton NorthLabourSeconded
John McDonnell07/07/2015Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
Jonathan Edwards08/07/2015Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSeconded
Cat Smith08/07/2015Lancaster and FleetwoodLabourSigned
Ian Mearns08/07/2015GatesheadLabourSigned
Alan Meale08/07/2015MansfieldLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner08/07/2015BolsoverLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell08/07/2015Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins09/07/2015Luton NorthLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn09/07/2015Islington NorthLabourSigned
Rachael Maskell13/07/2015York CentralLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Mark Williams14/07/2015CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Virendra Sharma14/07/2015Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
David Anderson14/07/2015BlaydonLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff14/07/2015Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Paul Flynn15/07/2015Newport WestLabourSigned
Steve Rotheram20/07/2015Liverpool, WaltonLabourSigned

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