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Rail Infrastructure Safety, Standards And Skills

EDM number 494 in 2017-19, proposed by Ian Mearns on 02/11/2017.
Categorised under the topic of Railways.

That this House believes there can be no compromise to safety in the maintenance and renewal of the railways; recognises concerns raised by the Rail Industry Association and RMT union over the current threat to Network Rail's supply chain and skills base caused by the deferral of £3.7 billion of renewals which was due for completion by 2019 but has now been put back by up to five years; is concerned that the feast or famine approach to work allocation, short-term funding periods of five years and the increasing commercialisation of Network Rail is contributing to casualisation of the workforce resulting in the loss of jobs, skills and standards; notes the announced £47.9 billion funding to Network Rail for 2019 to 2024 of which £34.7 billion is from the taxpayer and the vast majority of the remainder from fares; further notes that this will be linked to more cuts, commercialisation and fragmentation; further believes it should instead be linked to stamping out casualisation and gig economy style employment practices which the safety regulator has described as not conducive to a safe railway; is deeply concerned that recent reviews into Network Rail have contained no proper analysis of the benefits of ending outsourcing and casualisation despite evidence that when rail infrastructure work has been brought in-house on a unified basis it has made hundreds of millions in savings; and calls for a Government review and an end to the casualisation of the safety-critical rail infrastructure workforce.

This motion has been signed by a total of 21 MPs.

MPDateConstituencyPartyType
Ian Mearns02/11/2017GatesheadLabourProposed
Jo Stevens02/11/2017Cardiff CentralLabourSeconded
Laura Smith02/11/2017Crewe and NantwichLabourSeconded
Grahame Morris02/11/2017EasingtonLabourSeconded
Dan Carden02/11/2017Liverpool, WaltonLabourSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins02/11/2017Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Lloyd Russell-Moyle02/11/2017Brighton, KemptownLabour/Co-operativeSigned
Dennis Skinner02/11/2017BolsoverLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell02/11/2017Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff02/11/2017Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Ruth Smeeth02/11/2017Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Kate Hoey02/11/2017VauxhallLabourSigned
Hugh Gaffney06/11/2017Coatbridge, Chryston and BellshillLabourSigned
Sandy Martin06/11/2017IpswichLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham06/11/2017Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas07/11/2017Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Jim Shannon07/11/2017StrangfordDUPSigned
Mike Hill13/11/2017HartlepoolLabourSigned
Marie Rimmer13/11/2017St Helens South and WhistonLabourSigned
David Crausby23/11/2017Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Chris Williamson25/01/2018Derby NorthLabourSigned

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