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Notice of Motion given by Councillor John Booker

That this Council:-

 

(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 undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts.

Minutes:

 

Railways, Skills Investment and Workers’ Rights

 

 

18.1

It was formally moved by Councillor John Booker, and formally seconded by Councillor Jack Clarkson, that this Council:-

 

 

 

 

 

(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 undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts.

 

 

 

 

18.2

Whereupon, it was formally moved by Councillor Lisa Banes, and formally seconded by Councillor Mohammad Maroof, as an amendment, that the Motion now submitted be amended by the deletion of all the words after the words “That this Council” and the addition of the following words:-

 

 

 

 

 

(a)       supports bringing railways back under public ownership to run them in the interests of passengers and taxpayers;

 

(b)       believes that privatisation has led to unfair ticket price hikes and an inefficient system subsidising the profits of private rail operators; 

 

(c)        regrets that privatisation was a policy developed across numerous industries in the 1980s under the government of Margaret Thatcher, with rail eventually being privatised in 1994, and therefore condemns Diane James, MEP, for describing Margaret Thatcher as a political hero; 

 

(d)       believes that rail services and transport infrastructure has not been given the investment it needs and improving connectivity will be essential in driving economic growth in the north of England, and supports all sentiments opposing the cuts that have been made to railways in the north and unnecessary attacks on rail workers;

 

(e)       believes that, for too long, British workers have been ignored and that this has been realised through undermining their right to organise, through attacks on trade unions under successive Conservative governments;

 

(f)        opposes the Trade Union Act 2016 which this Council believes is an attack on the civil liberties of workers;

 

(g)       believes that more investment is needed in skills, particularly STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and recognises the importance of devolution of skills budgets so local areas can match the training available to the needs of local businesses and the economy;

 

(h)       welcomes Sheffield’s strong record as holding the best record for apprenticeships of all the Core Cities and believes the devolution of 16-18 skills budgets is essential in strengthening this record; and

 

(i)         pays tribute to all British workers that drive forward British industry and undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts, and fears that Brexit could lead to the undermining of many workers’ rights under this Government and calls on these rights to be protected.

 

 

 

 

18.3

On being put to the vote, the amendment was carried.

 

 

 

 

18.3.1

(NOTE: Councillors Andy Nash, Bob Pullin, Richard Shaw, Adam Hanrahan, Joe Otten, Colin Ross, Martin Smith, Roger Davison, Shaffaq Mohammed, Paul Scriven, Sue Alston, Andrew Sangar, Cliff Woodcraft, Ian Auckland, Sue Auckland, Steve Ayris, Gail Smith, David Baker, Penny Baker and Vickie Priestley voted for paragraphs (d) to (i), voted against paragraphs (a) and (b), and abstained from voting on paragraph (c) of the amendment, and asked for this to be recorded.)

 

 

 

 

18.4

The original Motion, as amended, was then put as a Substantive Motion in the following form and carried:-

 

 

 

 

 

RESOLVED: That this Council:-

 

(a)       supports bringing railways back under public ownership to run them in the interests of passengers and taxpayers;

 

(b)       believes that privatisation has led to unfair ticket price hikes and an inefficient system subsidising the profits of private rail operators; 

 

(c)        regrets that privatisation was a policy developed across numerous industries in the 1980s under the government of Margaret Thatcher, with rail eventually being privatised in 1994, and therefore condemns Diane James, MEP, for describing Margaret Thatcher as a political hero; 

 

(d)       believes that rail services and transport infrastructure has not been given the investment it needs and improving connectivity will be essential in driving economic growth in the north of England, and supports all sentiments opposing the cuts that have been made to railways in the north and unnecessary attacks on rail workers;

 

(e)       believes that, for too long, British workers have been ignored and that this has been realised through undermining their right to organise, through attacks on trade unions under successive Conservative governments;

 

(f)        opposes the Trade Union Act 2016 which this Council believes is an attack on the civil liberties of workers;

 

(g)       believes that more investment is needed in skills, particularly STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and recognises the importance of devolution of skills budgets so local areas can match the training available to the needs of local businesses and the economy;

 

(h)       welcomes Sheffield’s strong record as holding the best record for apprenticeships of all the Core Cities and believes the devolution of 16-18 skills budgets is essential in strengthening this record; and

 

(i)         pays tribute to all British workers that drive forward British industry and undertakes to do all within its power to protect workers’ rights from this Government’s cuts, and fears that Brexit could lead to the undermining of many workers’ rights under this Government and calls on these rights to be protected.

 

 

 

 

 

18.4.1

(NOTE: Councillors Andy Nash, Bob Pullin, Richard Shaw, Adam Hanrahan, Joe Otten, Colin Ross, Martin Smith, Roger Davison, Shaffaq Mohammed, Paul Scriven, Sue Alston, Andrew Sangar, Cliff Woodcraft, Ian Auckland, Sue Auckland, Steve Ayris, Gail Smith, David Baker, Penny Baker and Vickie Priestley voted for paragraphs (d) to (i), voted against paragraphs (a) and (b), and abstained from voting on paragraph (c), of the Substantive Motion, and asked for this to be recorded.)