Andy Burnham and Mick Lynch to talk at public meeting in RMT campaign to save train station ticket offices

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burham is one of several speakers talking at the RMT public meeting later this month

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Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham is one of several speakers attending an RMT-led public meeting in Manchester. The meeting is to oppose government plans to close train station ticket offices. 

The meeting will take place at Friends’ Meeting House and is to be hosted by the Manchester branches of the RMT. Mr Burnham is one of several people giving a talk at the meeting. 

The talk will take place at 6pm on Tuesday July 18.  The address for the location is Friends’ Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS. 

A spokesperson for the RMT said: “These planned closures are an attack on accessibility, customer service, safety and jobs. Almost every ticket office in England is set to close, Greater Manchester alone will see 48 closures, from Manchester Piccadilly to Salford Central, from Levenshulme to Stalybridge.”  

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch will also be giving a talk at the meeting. Mr Lynch has been at the forefront of the news in the last year as the representative for his union.  RMT members have taken strike action on multiple days over the last year as part of their ongoing dispute for better pay and working conditions on the railways. 

 Helen Rowlands of the Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People, Rick Burgess of GM Disabled People’s Panel and Access Campaigner Nathanial Yates will also be giving talks at the meeting. 

As part of the ongoing campaign against plans to close train station ticket offices, RMT Manchester members have taken part in meet-ups outside of train stations across the city.