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RMT members campaigning outside Leeds station – photo Iain Dalton

RMT members have been campaigning at stations across the North of England, culminating in a protest outside the headquarters of Northern Rail, fighting for the foundation living wage of £9 an hour for gateline staff employed by Carlisle Security Services on the Arriva Rail North contract.

Iain Dalton, Leeds Socialist Party

Carlisle have made between £2-3m in profit every year since their contract with Arriva started, whilst Arriva Rail North made £12.7m in pre-tax profit in 2018. Meanwhile 58% of Carlisle gateline staff says they were struggling to make ends meet in an RMT survey.

When Arriva won the contract to run the Northern franchise they pledged to ‘use all reasonable endeavours’ to ensure any contracting companies it used paid the Foundation Living Wage. RMT members branded the company ‘hypocrites’ as they leafletted the public.

The RMT are calling for people to sign the online petition at http://bit.ly/csslivingwage